The pilot of our chopper, Grant, new what he was doing when he set me up for this shot. With the left side door off of the aircraft, he made a sharp left turn around the Willis Tower allowing me to take this shot as I was leaning down onto the city.
A bird's eye view of the Chicago Skyline as I was leaning out of the door-less helicopter.
Throughout my photography career, I have been fortunate enough to shoot from some pretty amazing places in Chicago. From the Roof of the John Hancock Center, to the Willis Tower Skydeck, and the Signature Room at the top of the John Hancock. Nothing is going to ever top the photo opportunities that I got in my own private helicopter ride over Chicago last week. A friend tipped me off about a company called Chicago Helicopter Express who offers helicopter tours in Chicago. After searching on the site, I discovered that they offer flights specifically for photographers, taking the door off of the aircrafts and giving the passenger free reign in deciding where to fly.
I jumped at the chance to do this and I am very much looking forward to posting several more photos throughout the course of the coming weeks from the sunset helicopter tour. This particular shot was taken shortly after take-off as we headed into the city.
The first of many shots to come from last week's sunset helicopter tour over Chicago
Today's shot is the Chicago Picasso statue in the loop. It's been a long time since my last post. I haven't been doing a great job of getting out to take shots but I'm confident that the desire will come back.
On a side note, come back soon as in the next couple of weeks I may just have photo opportunity in Chicago that beats any other place I have ever shot before. More to come soon...
The Picasso statue in the loop.
It's always scary standing in the middle of the street to get a shot. Even though there were very few cars at this hour of the day, the thought of a car coming down while my focus is entirely on framing the picture adds a little bit of urgency making this shot tougher than usual.
Clark Street Bridge over the Chicago River from the middle of the road.
I got a tip about a week ago that I might be able to get a good shot of the construction on the LaSalle and Wells Street bridges over the Chicago River. I headed over there the day after the St. Patrick's day river dyeing, hoping to get shots of both the river itself and the construction, and I wasn't disappointed.
A shot of the construction going on in between the Wells and LaSalle Street bridges over the Chicago River.
Today's photo is from directly underneath where Yesterday's photo was taken. This is the Wabash street bridge over the Chicago River.
A look from underneath the Wabash Street bridge over the Chicago River.
For those of you not from Chicago, every year the City of Chicago sponsors an event where several gallons of food dye are emptied into the Chicago River to turn it green in celebration of St. Patrick's day. The dye has a lasting effect on the river, and it will remain a bright green for four or five days after the ceremony.
I set the alarm to get up at 6am on Sunday morning, not an easy task considering I too celebrated the holiday with several ounces of green beer!
The Chicago River dyed bright green the day after St. Patrick's Day.
On one hand, the colors and charisma of this house represent the true spirit of the city of New Orleans. On the other, the cleanliness, attention to detail, and overall organization of the house might be giving the city just a little bit too much credit. Overall though I had a blast in the city and would definitely return soon. We found this house just a block or so off of bourbon street.
A house in the French Quarter just a block or so off of Bourbon Street.
While in New Orleans last weekend we went on an airboat tour of the swamp for my birthday. We were lucky enough to see many gators including this twelve footer on the tour. With my 300mm lens, I was able to get up pretty close for this shot.
Our guide was sure to mention that this area of the swamp was known as "Bayou Self" because if you make one wrong turn, your "Bayou Self".
A twelve foot long alligator seen on our Swamp Tour in New Orleans.
I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to New Orleans, the site of this Sunday's Super Bowl, this past weekend. While we weren't lucky enough to stay for the game, the city was preparing for the events to come the following week, and Jackson Square, pictured here, was ready to go fo the game. We saw a few different celebrities walking the streets. I only wish we could have stayed for the game. Go Ravens!
Downtown New Orleans, site of Super Bowl XLVII, preparing for the big game this Sunday.