Argus Argoflex 40, 30 June 2011


Why yes, I do have more photos to share with you!

ArgusAF40 CHI Acros100 LakeShoreDrBridge01B

ArgusAF40 CHI Acros100 LaSalle&MadisonS01B

ArgusAF40 CHI Acros100 Riveted01B

ArgusAF40 CHI Acros100 State&WackerS01B

ArgusAF40 CHI Acros100 WrigleyBldg01B

Photo Information:
Camera: Argus Argoflex 40
Lens: Argus 75mm f/4.5 Varex
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (620)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; River North

This is a view along the lower level of the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, facing south along the west side of the bridge. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, even though there are stairs to the upper level of the bridge, it is not accessible to pedestrians. Next to the bridge is a construction site, though I’m not sure anything is actively taking place there – there’s practically no new construction going on in the city, and there are also some buildings that were recently completed that aren’t occupied, or only partially occupied. Of course, this has nothing to do with the “improving” economy, no sir. Not one bit.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Loop

This is the south view from just north of the intersection of LaSalle and Madison – don’t worry…while I was in the middle of the street, at this point of LaSalle, there are center medians between the two sides of the street. The medians are present in front of Chicago City Hall, and appear to be mostly decorative – they’re topped with large planters, which also happen to provide a convenient (and stable) seat for photographers who are trying to take photos later in the evening. At the end of the street is the Chicago Board of Trade Building (completed in 1930 and designed by Holabird & Root).

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; North Loop

This is a close-up view of the Wabash Street Bridge showing the riveted metal plates that comprise the structural system of the bridge. At the far end of the street is the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist (completed in 1968 and designed by Harry Weese & Associates). As with the various close-up shots I took with my Bettax, to capture this shot, I needed to estimate the focus distance; since the Argoflex 40 is basically a slightly more advanced box camera, the viewing “lens” doesn’t focus along with the taking lens as it would in a true TLR, so I had to guess the focus distance.

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; North Loop

This is the south-facing view at the intersection of State and Wacker. On the left-hand side, you can just see the top of the marquee of the Chicago Theater, lit up since I shot this photo during late evening.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood

This is the original main entrance to the Wrigley Building (completed in 1924 and designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White). The white terra-cotta cladding was inspired by the appearance of the White City complex that was built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition, and on a bright, sunny day, the building practically shines. The sculptural details are also expressive of the material flexibility of terra-cotta.



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