Blue Collar Town

date December 16, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 11 Comments

Yesterday morning, I did something I don't normally do. I went for a shutter drive. If shutter running is jogging through the city with my camera, a shutter drive is doing the same only in my car instead of by foot. I set my alarm for 5:30 in hopes of catching Chicago in its beauty during that golden hour prior to the lucky 7:11am sunrise. Having lived on the north side of Chicago for several years now, I thought it would be nice to try to capture one of the south side beaches that I don't usually frequent. To my dismay, just about all of the south side beaches were under construction. I found this out after parking my car and walking about a quarter mile from an area where the golden sand used to run endless miles but was now covered with gigantic clumps of dirt and rock and huge machines used to move these masses. That was not stopping me. I sneaked into the construction site which was rather active for this early in the morning. I was very nervous once I was in the site. I slowly approached this bulldozer stopping every once in a while to take a picture. I could barely compose my photos knowing I was about to get yelled at for entering the site. After taking my last picture, the one you see below, I headed for the exit. As I walked out, literally just feet away from the exit, one of the construction guards yelled over to me "Hey, you can't be here, get out of here!!!". It was too late, the damage was already done! Muhahahahahahahahahaha!

A bulldozer at 31st street beach.View Exif InformationView on Map

A bulldozer at 31st street beach.

Posted by Jesse Pafundi on December 16, 2010 11:06am

Wow, this is incredible. Love the wide angle distortion up front

Posted by ShutterRunner on December 16, 2010 11:12am

Thanks, Jesse! Glad you like this one.

Posted by Van Sutherland on December 16, 2010 12:18pm

Your efforts were not in vain; this is amazing! Love the composition, the lighting, everything.

Posted by Lee Brown on December 16, 2010 5:13pm

T'was worth the effort. Cool shot under stress. The sign of a true professional!

Posted by levichloe (via HDR Spotting) on December 18, 2010 8:08am

Nice shot. Was this a one shot image, or more?

Posted by ShutterRunner on December 18, 2010 11:04am

Thanks, all! @levichloe, this was a 7 shot HDR image.

Posted by HDRChap on December 18, 2010 1:15pm

Its magnificent! What lens did you use?

Posted by fourth photography on December 19, 2010 9:48pm

Matty, this is great work. Congrats on all the great images this year. Looking forward to more in the future.

Posted by Mark Blundell on December 20, 2010 6:03am

Great lighting and testure on the bucket at the front - great work!

Posted by stickum on December 21, 2010 5:19pm

Great shot and processing!! fyi...This machinery is called a Track Hoe instead of a bulldozer ;^)

Posted by stickum on December 21, 2010 5:23pm

also called and Excavator ;^)