Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 15 November 2010


Those of y’all who know me know that I’m not overly fond of Frank Gehry. Given that, I should probably expound upon my thoughts with regard to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, here in downtown Chicago. Unfortunately, as today has been one of those long ones, I don’t much feel like using my brain anymore; in fact, I only just wrapped up work about an hour ago – seeing as how it’s now 2334, I think it’s fairly obvious why I don’t want to use my brain anymore today. As such, enjoy the following, free from the burden of having to also read whatever it is I’m blathering on about.


Photo Information:

Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 [1]
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid [2]

Fear not, though…I shall (eventually) make plain my thoughts regarding the design of the pavilion, as well as my thoughts on Gehry’s designs in general. Probably later this week. Maybe.



[1]: Due to the crop factor when using non-DX lenses on a DX-format sensor, the effective focal length of this lens was actually 30mm, not 20mm. Obviously, the extra 1.5x crop is helpful when using telephoto lenses (well, it can be, depending on what you’re doing), but for wideangle lenses, it gets to be a bit of a hassle, since anything smaller than 20mm or so on a 135 camera tends to be in the fisheye category, and these are specialized (and therefore, expensive) lenses that not many folks own. 30mm is also okay as a wideangle (I use a 28mm for my Canon AE-1, for example), but an effective 24mm (or even 20mm) would be a bit more useful – alas, that means I’d have to spend more money…and that’s never fun.

[2]: Which means basically nothing, since I decided to convert the photo to black and white. OTOH, since the metal panels and structural members are all grey anyways, well. Yes, there is, indeed, a method to my madness. Occasionally.


3 Responses to “Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 15 November 2010”

  1. greysqrl Says:

    Beautiful architecture, great capture and great conversion. Extremely clean and the darkness is just perfect in this photo. As for long hours at work, I hear you… I know exactly what you mean!

    • seeker312 Says:

      I’m actually not much of a fan of Gehry’s work, but this one doesn’t bother me as much. I’ll have to explain that later. And yeah…long hours at work suck. Unless you’re getting paid by the hour, in which case, they still suck, but at least you’re getting paid for them.

  2. […] the other ones I’ve recently photographed. The fuzzy shape in the background is part of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium […]

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