More Bettax Photos, 23 May 2011

2011/05/23

And now, because I have nothing else to do today, here are some more Bettax photos. I know, I know…sooner or later I’ll run out of them – but not today!

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 ReebieStorage01B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 SearsTower01B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 State&MadisonN01B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 Swissotel01B

ZecaBettax CHI Acros100 WestLoop01B

Photo Information:

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Lincoln Park Neighborhood
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Entrance to the Reebie Storage & Moving Company Building on Clark, just south of Fullerton in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The building was completed in 1923, and designed by George S. Kingsley; during the early 1920s and immediately following the opening of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, there was a brief, but intense, fascination with Egyptian aesthetics, and a number of designers apparently took advantage of that public sentiment. The details on this particular building were created by the Northwestern Terra Cotta Company.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Loop
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

The Sears Tower (yes, I refuse to call it anything else), which occupies the entire block between Franklin and Wacker, and between Adams and Jackson. The Tower was completed in 1974, and designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (better known as SOM), with its structure designed by famed structural engineer Fazlur R. Khan. Despite having lost the world record for tallest building, it is still the tallest in North America. Aesthetically, the building isn’t much to consider; it has always been more of an engineering marvel than an architectural one. Of course, that doesn’t stop tourists and Chicagoans alike from admiring this giant.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Loop
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

North-facing view at the intersection of State & Madison, seen from the southwest corner. At this intersection, State Street makes a slight dog-leg to the southeast, which is how I was able to capture a shot that looks like I’m in the street, while I was, in fact, safely on the sidewalk; the furthest left-hand land is a turning lane, and the one immediately in front of me follows the dog-leg off to the right as it passes this corner. One can see a number of famous buildings in this shot, including the Reliance Building (1895, Burnham & Root) a block north on the left (one of my favorites, BTW), the Marshall Field Building (1907, D.H. Burhman & Co.) two blocks north on the right, and far in the background, one of the “corncob” towers of Marina City (1967, Bertrand Goldberg Associates).

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; North Loop
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

View looking up between the Swissôtel Chicago (1989, Harry Weese & Associates) on the left and Three Illinois Center (1980, Fujikawa, Conterato, Lohan, & Associates) on the right, with the Aqua Building (2009, Jeanne Gang) in the background. I think the latter provides a nice contrast to the rectlinear forms of the former two.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; West Loop
Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (120)

Not sure which building this is, but I liked the lobby.

Enjoy.

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