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Entries in Chicago (10)


Walk on water

Walk on water, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

It had been raining really hard for about an hour in Chicago's Millennium Park. Me, my backpack, tripod and camera were huddled under the umbrella I decided to bring with me on a whim. As the rain tapered off to nothing, I saw this little boy go running through what had been a very still giant puddle that had accumulated between the two lighted towers of the Crown Fountain. I thought the reflections were particularly interesting. It took some strategic maneuvering by his dad to recapture and return the kid to dry land. Walk on the water whenever you have a chance. That's my advice.


One Mean Bean

One Mean Bean, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

I've often said that HDR was designed with reflective objects in mind. Reflective materials just seem to soak up HDR goodness. Cloud Gate or "The Bean" as it is more commonly known, is no exception.


Chicago Blues

Chicago Blues, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

Located in Millennium Park, the Crown Fountain's glass block towers pour an amazing amount of water down their sides while projecting video of the faces of common Chicago citizens. If it's windy, like it was when I took this HDR sequence, the water tends to fly around everywhere and seems especially attracted to expensive DSLR's!


Chicago Discovery

Chicago Discovery, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

I was walking back to my hotel in Chicago when I passed this impressive buidling. I wasn't sure if it was open to the public but nobody stopped me from entering. The huge glass atrium was just immense. There was a food court downstairs and office space upstairs. It seems that the state of Illinois owns and occupies the entire facility.

I read that the building is very expensive to heat and cool since double pane windows were not installed as a "cost saving" measure.

Building security guards carefully watched me setup my tripod and take these shots but never said a word. Nor did any of the city workers that were constantly walking past me.

While in Chicago I found it interesting that unlike Californians, people there seem to totally ignore photographers indoors or out.


Chicago Rain

Chicago Rain, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

I was shooting HDR sequences at Millineum Park in Chicago wishing it would actually start raining instead of just looking like it might. Right about then I heard a thunderclap. 30 seconds later, huddled under my umbrella I was framing my shot and watching the reflections start to appear. Once in a while, very rarely - things like this actually happen.


Chicago River [Explored]

Highest position in Explore: #377 on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I went to Chicago for my company's Creative Summit. A three day conference held for all of Parson's creatives company wide. There were graphic designers, 3D artists, writers, editors, coordinators and supervisors present. It was a great and valuable experience.
I stayed at the hotel Club Quarters at 75 Wacker. I was lucky enough to get a room on the 29th floor of the tower section of the hotel that overlooks the Chicago River.
This photo was taken by opening the window and extending my arms (but not my body) out as far as I could to take a 3 shot HDR. There was no way I could have managed my normal 10 shots. I had to use Photoshop's align layers function to compensate for my camera shake. Hand held HDR's are difficult, especially when taken from 300 feet above the ground.

Chicago River, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

Hotel window view


Please fasten your seatbelts [Explored]

This is where it gets interesting


Crown Fountain

The Crown Fountain is an interactive art and video sculpture located in Millennium Park, Chicago, USA

Setting the color balance for this shot was very tough as the tower that appears to be green in the photo kept changing colors, becoming bright white and then completely dark during the 10 exposures I took. I ended up having to set my color balance manually in Adobe Lightroom. 

Crown Fountain, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

Cloud Gate and Chicago Skyline

Public sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor. It is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park 

Cloud Gate and Chicago Skyline, originally uploaded by big_pixel_pusher.

Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Nighttime Concert