Canon AE-1P, 17 November 2011


One advantage of using 135 film is that I get a ton of exposures per roll (36, compared to 8 or 12 for my 120 cameras)…which means I have plenty of photos to share, though it also means I have a ton of work to do to process the scans. It’s a catch-22, I tell ya.

AE1P CHI TMax100 ChicagoRiverW01B

AE1P CHI TMax100 JohnHancockBldg01B

AE1P CHI TMax100 JohnHancockBldg02B

AE1P CHI TMax100 LaSalle&MadisonS02B

AE1P CHI TMax100 SearsTower01B

Photo Information:

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program
Lens: Canon 24mm f/2.8 FD (Photos 1, 2, & 3), 50mm f/1.4 FD (Photo 4), 70-210mm f/4 FD (Photo 5)
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

As I’ve mentioned previously, this is one of my favorite views of the city, the view along the Chicago River between the north Loop and River North, as seen from the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Photos 2 & 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Streeterville Neighborhood

The subject of these two photos is, of course, the John Hancock Building (completed in 1969 and designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill). And no, that’s not an optical trick or some tacky Photoshop filter effect…the top of the tower really is obscured by low-altitude clouds. Depending on the weather conditions, up to half of the tower can be covered by clouds – it gets really interesting when the clouds are fast-moving due to the high winds the city often experiences.

Photo 4:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the heart of the financial district in the Loop: south LaSalle Street between Madison and Jackson. The building in the background is the Chicago Board of Trade Building (completed in 1930 and designed by Holabird & Root); the other blocks contain a veritable treasure trove (no pun intended…honest) of buildings commissioned – and in most cases, still occupied – by financial institutions: the Federal Reserve Bank Building, the Illinois Merchants Bank Building, the Continental & Commercial Bank Building, the State Bank of Chicago Building, the Northern Trust Company Building, etc. I’m sure the Occupy Chicago folks would love to set up camp somewhere along LaSalle, but there aren’t any convenient courtyards, atria, park spaces, etc., for them to use, so they’re mostly congregating in Federal Plaza now (at least, that’s what I heard the last time I saw the news reports about them).

Photo 5:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

Yup…the Sears Tower – that’s right, I still refuse to refer to it by any other name. My friend’s fiancée just landed a job for a company that’s headquartered in the Tower; apart from her being a great person, she also refers to it as the Sears Tower (though of course, officially, she has to refer to it by its other name), so that just makes her even better in my book!



One Response to “Canon AE-1P, 17 November 2011”

  1. Mr Mole Says:

    great pictures, love picture 4.

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