I was riding my bike north on Damen Avenue in Chicago the other day when I came across this guy. Lucky for me I had my camera in my bag, but at the same time it was in two pieces. I immediately turned around and rode back over the bridge that I wanted to get a shot of him crossing. I knew I had a little time because the bridge is at a pretty steep angle for the load he is carrying and he would be forced to slow down. I quickly dropped my bike and through my lens on as quick as possible and completely guessed on the ISO and shutter speed (which is why it is a little blown out) but I already knew I wanted to shoot it at f 2.8 to try and make him pop a little more. Now this guy is either moving across town or came across the ULTIMATE free sale in an alley! Either way I commend him for his effort and admire his dedication. I wish there had been more time to explore this picture and follow him a little more but I was getting close to being late to an afternoon appointment so this is all I could get.
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It seems all my favorite pictures recently are of people walking or passing by. This set will be no different. I was on a photo hunt and wandered through the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. Many of my best photos are made by waiting. I find a scene I like and then camp out until I get the picture I want. I have had decent luck with this technique before. A rainbow umbrella passes by or a woman wearing a yellow coat will pass through a scene that is almost completely yellow. Here are a couple of people that crossed my path after I found these interesting shadows under the L tracks.
If I ever need to be reminded how awesome it is to live in Chicago, all I need to do is go mess around with my camera at the Kinzie Street Bridge.When I am riding my bike and I am anywhere near I usually make it a point to cross the river on this bridge. Yesterday was no different even though I was walking and I before I realized how long I had been out – I had journeyed for 5 miles and found myself near the bridge and had to shoot a couple frames. I know I am not un-earthing a new gem here since I see photographers here nearly every visit and this is a spot I love to take couples for pictures on their wedding day and the pictures always turn out great but there is usually another wedding party there doing the same. But it is still one of my favorite views of Chicago and I will continue to come back and take pictures and go home and smile when I see them. And as a friend of mine said the other day and I couldn’t agree more….
‘I pretty much love any view of Chicago as long as it’s from a bridge.’
It was also the bridge John Cusack did the ‘Top five things I miss about Laura’ monologue in High Fidelity.
I got out again yesterday in search of making a good picture in downtown Chicago. I do not know what it is about photographing in the loop but I can very rarely capture the feeling I get when I am there. Perhaps there are too many tourists or maybe I am just looking deeper than I actually should. I am pleased with a couple of the images I have made but I am not quite satisfied. They always leave me wanting more. I think next time I will try to hang out a little more in the financial district and see what kind of business folk I can get while they are talking on their phone and hailing a cab. Until then all I have is this woman and her purple hat from the corner of Madison Street and Wabash Avenue.
While the weather was perfect to be walking around in a long-sleeved shirt and no beanie for the first time in months – it wasn’t ideal for taking pictures during the middle of the day. With no clouds in the sky the light came down at vicious angles. While this may not be perfect for shooting a portrait – it definitely has a flair for the dramatic. It also gives me the super-contrasty look that I love in black-and-white photography. Here is my favorite one from the day. It’s at the six-way intersection where Bucktown and Wicker Park meet in Chicago.
I am not sure if I was cashing in some extra karma points or the photo gods were simply smiling down on me but something went right for me in Logan Square on February 23, 2010. About 5o meters in front of me were two guys juggling out their front door and into the yard. I know my steps quickened as I approached and I am pretty sure I yelled out ‘dibs’ before my friend and fellow photographer even knew what I was talking about. I mean come on – Jugglers! And he is smoking a cigarette! It’s just not fair this shit’s just too easy.
I feel my street photography has been improving dramatically these days. I’ve been figuring out ways of taking pictures while making it look like I am not. My ‘from the hip’ shots have actually been working quite well. But even beyond that I am getting over the apprehension of taking a strangers photo. I feel like I have a better sense of when it’s ok and like most things confidence goes far. However, I still end up taking lots of pictures of people working outside like these two pictures.
I take so many pictures when I am exploring Chicago that it takes me a while to get them all posted. I sometimes wonder that when I am gone someone will go through all my digital negatives. I wonder what they will think. If I could script it – I would make it happen about 50 years after I am gone. Anywho, My most recent trip through Logan Square was no different. Here was another of my point and hope shots as I walked. I must say I have gotten a lot better at these than when I first started. Perhaps I will never use the viewfinder again.
After the recent eruption of concerts and concert photography for me (3 in 5 days) I was really happy to get out and take pictures of something off the stage. I hadn’t hit the streets in more than a week and the itch was definitely there. Tuesday, I had a good excuse and some motivation to get out and spend much of the day making images and exploring in the Chicago neighborhoods of Bucktown, Logan Square and Humboldt Park. It was nice getting out with another photographer for a change. We discussed styles and technique and it gave me an opportunity to think a little more about mine. Sometimes I will be asked to describe my work and I always have a hard time putting it in to words. Perhaps its because I don’t really think it matters how I describe it because I feel photography is like any other art and the style is decided by the viewer. I can only choose the subject. However, I did enjoy exploring the subject and thinking about it a little more consciously. I definitely made fewer images than a normal outing and I am happier with fewer of them but, the ones I like I am really happy with. So perhaps it did me and my ’style’ some good. Yes I am pleased but there is no way I am as pumped as this guy……..