Zeca Bettax, 27 September 2011


Yup…back to this camera for now. What can I say? As I’ve mentioned before, it’s quite compact for a 6×9 medium format camera, and it produces good results – what more can one ask for?

ZecaBettax CHI PanF+ BelleShoreHotel01B

ZecaBettax CHI PanF+ ChicagoRiverE02B

ZecaBettax CHI PanF+ CityByTheLake04B

ZecaBettax CHI PanF+ LaSalle-WackerBldg01B

ZecaBettax CHI PanF+ Loop-BrownLine01B

Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Ilford PanF+ EI50 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Edgewater Neighborhood

This is a shot of the lower portion of the Belle Shore Hotel (completed in 1929 and designed by Koenigsberg & Weisfield) at the northeast corner of Winthrop and Bryn Mawr in Edgewater. While it takes a close inspection to notice, the Art Deco details are loosely inspired by ancient Egyptian architecture. The sign at the corner of the building is also a plus in my book.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; North Loop

This is an east-facing view of the Chicago River as seen from the Wells Street Bridge. Visible in the photo are the following buildings (from right): the R. R. Donnelley Center (completed in 1992 and designed by Ricardo Bofill Arquitectura with DeStefano & Partners); the Blue Cross – Blue Shield Building (completed in 1968 and designed by C. F. Murphy Associates), between the Donnelley Center and the Leo Burnett Building; the Leo Burnett Building (completed in 1989 and designed by Kevin Roche – John Dinkeloo & Associates with Shaw & Associates); the United Insurance Building (completed in 1962 and designed by Shaw, Metz, & Associates), previously the Unitrin Building, as emphasized by the large logo at the top of the building, but now the Kemper Building (yes, these corporate restructuring deals are pretty insane, aren’t they?); the Jewelers Building (completed in 1926 and designed by Thielbar & Fugard with Giaver & Dinkelberg), now known only by its address at 35 E. Wacker – I once worked for an architect who had his offices in this building, though most folks will likely recognize this building as the central location of the climax of the recent Transformers movie; the Carbide & Carbon Building (completed in 1929 and designed by Burnham Bros.), recognizable to moviegoers as the setting for the opening scene of the recent film, Wanted; just to the left of center, you can see the Hotel 71 Building (completed in 1960 and designed by Milton Schwartz & Associates), originally the Clarion Hotel Chicago, and which served as the location for Bruce Wayne’s penthouse in The Dark Knight; to the left of Hotel 71 is the Mather Tower (completed in 1928 and designed by Herbert Hugh Riddle), which is quite possibly the narrowest skyscraper in the city; to the left of the Mather Tower is the London Guarantee & Accident Building (completed in 1923 and designed by Alfred S. Alschuler), which is at the southwest corner of Michigan & Wacker; finally, on the far left is one of the “corn cob” towers of Marina City (completed in 1067 and designed by Bertrand Goldberg Associates). Whew! I don’t envy the folks who have to do the research for the Chicago Architecture Tours!

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Belmont Harbor (taking location)

I’ve photographed this view many times before (from the tip of the northern breakwater at Belmont Harbor), but I don’t easily tire of it; this time around, there were some nice, fluffy clouds in the sky and a sailboat or two on Lake Michigan for added fun!

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; North Loop

The subject of this photo is the LaSalle-Wacker Building (completed in 1930 and designed by Holabird & Root with Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey, & McCormick), one of the more dramatic examples of Art Deco architecture in Chicago. While Michigan Avenue is well-known for its retail establishments, LaSalle Street is geared towards financial engagements, with a plethora of banks lining its sides, and the Chicago Board of Trade capping the southern end of the street at Jackson.

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; River North

This is a view from the Merchandise Mart stop on the CTA Brown Line, facing south towards the Loop from the northbound platform.



2 Responses to “Zeca Bettax, 27 September 2011”

  1. Jim Says:

    I am so impressed by your Chicago shots in recent posts, even from the box camera you were using. There’s a crisp starkness to them, yet the details are so good. Do you process your own film? Are these shots just as they emerge from processing, or are you doing digital post-processing?

    • seeker312 Says:

      Hey, thanks man.

      I do process my own film, then scan them afterwards. I do some post processing, but mostly, just to clean up dust and adjust contrast (they come in a little light from the scanner).

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