This shot was made during the Christmas shopping season. I’m always reluncant to post images of people from behind because in order to be exceptional they have to contain some element of interest to be compelling. While I’m in no way saying this photo is exceptional I think the vingetting definitely helps draw your eyes into the subject - the PINK bag. Photographing outside during the winter can generate some very mundane street photography with everyone walking around in their black and gray coats, hats, and boots, covered from head to toe. This is just an example of store advertising at play to grab the attention of people passing by.
I just read that this CTA station at Madison and Wabash is going to be demolished in the fall of 2014 along with the station at Randolph and Wabash. Apparently the two will be replaced by Washington and Wabash in 2016. Hopefully there are plans for a pedestrian bridge like this one with stellar Loop views.
Chicagohenge, Lake and Michigan, March 20, 2014 (6:55p)
I was finally able to capture what I have been chasing all week, Chicagohenge. I positioned myself near the Aon Center in order to aim directly down Lake Street. The intersection of Lake and Michigan is always congested during rush hour with trains, buses, cars, and pedestrians. I new this area would make for a nice, busy picture. At 6:55p the sun aligned itself perfectly down the east-west street grid. I was silently celebrating as the sun was setting. And to top it off, it’s going to be 53 degrees in Chicago tomorrow!
The second picture was shot before the sun came into view at 6:48 and the third is after it set for the night at 7:06p. This really illustrates how quickly you must work in shoot a perfectly aligned sun. It was well worth it.
This week I’m doing my best to catch a glimpse of Chicagohenge. The autumnal and vernal equinox is a biannual occurrence when the sun aligns with the east-west street grid. The phenomenon is best viewed in the Loop as the sun sets between the skyscrapers. Last night the cloud cover hung too low to capture the full effect but it still made for some nice pictures. Thursday, March 20th, marks the official spring equinox so hopefully there will be more opportunities.