On the Run September 26, 2016 |
When I started this blog more than seven years ago (holy cow!), I set out to do something unique. Running had always been a hobby of mine, and as I started to get into photography, I got the idea to combine the two. I never anticipated getting so into photography, but I did, and I started buying more expensive and heavier equipment. It finally got to a point where I couldn't carry all the tools that I needed on my runs and photography and running diverged back into individual hobbies. Why do I tell you this, you ask!?! Because this shot was taken on my first "shutterrun" in years! I brought my old camera, lens, and travel tripod, and captured this shot at Oak Street Beach. I can't promise that i'll be making a regular habit out of this, but it definitely brought back some good memories.
A puddle along the Lake Shore Path near Oak Street Beach, taken on a late evening shutterrun.
The sunrise didn't start out that spectacular this morning, but as the clouds started forming behind the skyline as the sun rose it all started to come together. It very much reminded me of this sunset I saw in Paris a few years ago.
A perfect sunrise taken from the parking garage at Rush University Medical Center
Another capture from my early morning ventures at museum campus. This one is of the Field Museum as I was finishing up my shoot. The lighting was still nice about a half hour after sunrise when this one was taken.
A view of the Field Museum just after the morning sunrise.
This area near the Shedd Aquarium provides one of the best views of the Chicago Skyline in the city. That being said, the lack of structures near this area makes it difficult to find a foreground subject for photography. Well, I was pleased to see the Shedd has planted all of these flowers, making for a nice foreground to the Skyline's background.
The flower bed and Chicago Skyline from the Shedd Aquarium.
Today's shot is another long exposure sunrise near the Adler Planetarium. This exposure lasted 70 seconds and gave enough time to get some motion blur from the moving clouds.
The name of this sculpture is Man Enters the Cosmos. The sculpture is a sundial and actually is a copy of a work created for the Times of London. The more you know.
A long exposure of the sundial sculpture in from the Adler Planetarium.
Today's shot is of a newish sculpture along Lake Shore Drive just North of the museum campus. I did try fairly hard to discover the name of this particular sculpture but I couldn't seem to figure it out, so if anyone knows the name of it please let me know.
A shot of Lake Shore Drive on an early morning before sunrise.
This is an 88 second exposure of the sun rising behind the Adler Planetarium. I finally got around to wet cleaning my camera sensor for the first time ever. I've had the camera for about five years now and was always too afraid of damaging the sensor, so I had always opted for the air blower cleaning instead. Well, needless to say, it really paid off. Here is a before and after.jpg of the wet cleaning. The dust spots always show up worse when shooting at high f-stops, making long exposures kind of a pain to edit. Well, with a freshly cleaned sensor I went out shooting early Friday morning and cranked the f-stop to f/16. This shot was a good half hour before sunrise, so no filter was necessary to give the camera enough time to let the clouds move like you see here. Long exposures like this can be tricky for a couple of reasons. First, the clouds have to be just right, too cloudy and the background will be a blur off white, not enough clouds and the sky will just look clear. Getting the timing right is tough too. My camera is only capable of calculating the appropriate exposure if it is below 30 seconds. This means it's usually trial and error to get the exposure just right, and requires counting the time on my watch. It can be frustrating too when you wait minutes at a time, only to see that the exposure is way off. I can't imagine trying to do this during the days of film shooting!
An 88 second exposure of the Adler Planetarium during sunrise early Friday morning.
I got to the beach right as the tractor guy was finishing up his rounds on North Ave beach. The patterns made a nice foreground to the rising sun and Castaways bar in the background.
North Ave Beach just after the tractor finished making its pass over the sand.
This is a favorite spot of mine just north of North Ave Beach. The city has recently cleaned this area up and having not been here in a while I was disappointed to see that my favorite foreground friendly rocks have been removed. Nonetheless, I was able to make the curve of the path work in place of the rocks.
The Chicago Skyline at Sunrise along Lake Michigan just North of North Ave. beach.
It took some research to discover that the name of this bridge is Lincoln Park Passerelle. I have shot it a couple of times during my project 365, here, and here, though never with a black and white edit. Sometimes it can be tough to decide when black and white is the way to go with a composition, but with the lines, contrast and lack of colors this was a pretty obvious choice.
The overpass to North Ave. Beach in Black and White.