See? I told you I’ve got more photos to post!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Zeca Bettax
Lens: Schneider-Kreuznach 105mm f/4.5 Radionar
Film: Kodak TMax 100

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Near West Side

Hey look…a concrete factory! I have mentioned before how much I like industrial settings, right?

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the Rookery (designed by Burnham & Root and completed in 1888; it has also been renovated a number of times since its completion) at the southeast corner of LaSalle and Adams. As impressive as the outside is, the light court in the center of the building is the real attraction of the building; I’ll have to get in there one of these days with faster film to shoot it.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This fine looking building is the Washington Block (designed by Frederick & Edward Baumann and completed in 1874) at the southwest corner of Wells & Washington. You can see part of the Loop elevated tracks in the upper left-hand corner of the photo. And yes, I did shoot this photo from the mdidle of the street…but don’t worry; I timed the traffic so that I could do this with relatively little risk of harm.

Enjoy!

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As promised, here are some more photos for your viewing pleasure!

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Photo Information:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Ilford HP5+ EI1600 (120)

Photo 1:
Yup, you can tell it’s been a while since I edited any photos. This is the official Chicago Christmas Tree, with the Chicago Temple in the background.

Photo 2:
View from LaSalle & Madison, facing south towards the Chicago Board of Trade Building.

Photo 3:
View from the southwest corner of State and Washington, facing the southwest corner of the Marshall Field Building.

Enjoy!

Oh yes…more color film scans!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 50mm f/4 Distagon (Photo 1); 80mm f/2.8 Planar (Photos 2 & 3)
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is a view of the Chicago River from the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, facing west; the Loop is on the left, and the Streeterville Neighborhood is on the right.

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

These two photos are of the Uptown Broadway Building (completed in 1927 and designed by Wwalter W. Ahlschlager); I’ve photographed this building before, but not in color…which is why I’m posting these shots! As you can see, the terra cotta detailing is mostly rendered in pale yellow with sky-blue highlights.

Enjoy!

Hey look…more color film I processed at home!

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Photo Information:

Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar (Photo 1); 50mm f/4 Distagon (Photos 2 & 3)
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

Photo 1:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Edgewater Neighborhood

This building is located at 1055 West Bryn Mawr in the Edgewater Neighborhood; I am not aware of any historical significance to the building, but I like the rounded corner and polychromatic cladding.

Photo 2:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Uptown Neighborhood

As with the building in the previous photo, I am unaware of any historical significance to this building, which is located at 5020 North Sheridan in the Uptown Neighborhood; this is, of course, unsurprising in a city of Chicago’s size and age – there are plenty of interesting buildings around town that are not historically significant in any way other than being reminders of past styles of building. In this case, there’s a definite mid-30s Art Deco feel to the building, with its clean geometry and polychromatic cladding. I especially like the corner on the left-hand side of the photo.

Photo 3:
Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop

This is the former Oriental Theater, now the Ford Center for the Performing Arts (completed in 1926 and designed by Rapp & Rapp) in the Theater District of the Chicago Loop. The theater is one of many around the city designed by the firm, Rapp & Rapp, for Balaban and Katz; though it is now used for live touring Broadway plays, like many other local theaters, it was originally designed as a movie palace – early in cinematic history, there were both fewer movies made each year and the viewing of them was a much more “formal” affair.

Enjoy.

Yes, I know…I’ve been away a while…holidays and such. To make up for it, here are some holiday-themed photos for y’all!

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm f/2.8 Planar
Film: Kodak Portra 160 (120)

All of these photos are of the annual Christkindlmarket that takes place in Daley Plaza in the Loop – and yes, these are also from one of the rolls of C41 film I processed myself.

Enjoy.

These are the last of the photos I shot the other day of the Occupy Chicago protest. I’m planning to head out to one of their gatherings later tonight, so I may have some more to share later this week.

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6

Based on the Occupy Chicago website, it appears that their demonstrations gravitate between the intersection where I shot these photos (LaSalle & Jackson) and the (former) grand entrance to Grant Park at Michigan & Congress; I’ll be headed over to the latter this evening – I also have a few more night shots to take with my Hasselblad (which will – hopefully – be the basis of some additional posts later on), so I have a few tasks to address while I’m downtown.

Enjoy.

Here are some more photos from the Occupy Chicago protest.

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 (Photos 1, 4, & 5); 60mm f/2.8 Micro (Photos 2 & 3)

Enjoy.

Longtime readers here can probably guess my opinion regarding the various Occupy protests around the country, but for now, I’m going to try something different: namely, just presenting photos I shot of the protesters. Oh, don’t worry…eventually, I’m sure I’ll feel the need to spout off my opinions, but for now, here are some of the photos I took.

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6

Notes:

All of these photos were shot at the intersection of LaSalle & Jackson; the protesters were mostly congregated at the northeast corner of the intersection, in front of the Bank of America Center (formerly the Illinois Merchants Bank Building, then the Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Company Building). The protesters did select a rather appropriate setting, since this particular intersection is effectively the heart of the Loop’s financial district; south of the intersection is the Chicago Board of Trade, while many of the buildings just north of the intersection are either home to financial institutions or were originally built for them.

Regarding Photo 2, it is not my intention to “censor” anyone’s opinion, but I did feel the need to remove the vulgarity from this sign; OTOH, it’s pretty obvious what the sign says, even without the smudge I added. My original file still contains the un-edited version of the sign. In Photo 4, it is encouraging to note that the guidelines explicitly note that the protest is a drug- and alcohol-free zone; anecdotal reports suggest that some of the other Occupy protests are somewhat besmirched by drug users. In Photo 5, I wonder if the businessman walking by the protesters was a little uncomfortable here – he kinda looks like he is.

I have a number of additional photos, so I’ll be posting these in the near future.

Enjoy.

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.

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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!

Enjoy.

As with my FM-2 photos, I shot these photos last winter, so don’t start thinking it’s snowing in Chicago just yet (though we did get a light dusting of lake-effect snow last week).

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Photo Information:

Location: Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Loop
Camera: Canon AE-1 Program
Lens: Canon 24mm f/2.8 FD (Photos 1 & 3); 50mm f/1.4 FD (Photo 4); 135mm f/3.4 FD (Photos 2 & 5)
Film: Kodak TMax 100 (135)

Photos 1 & 2:
This magnificent building is the Chicago Athletic Association Building (completed in 1893 and designed by Henry Ives Cobb), located on south Michigan Avenue. The style of the building is Venetian Gothic – there are a number of similarities between this building and the much older Ca’d’Oro in Venice.

Photos 3, 4, & 5

I shot these photos from Wolf Point on the north branch of the Chicago River facing south towards the Loop; Photo 3 is the view from the east side of the River, while Photos 4 & 5 are from the west side. You can also see a CTA Green Line train crossing the River on the Lake Street Bridge in Photo 5…I had to wait for several minutes to get this shot, both to meter the scene and then for a train to cross the bridge – which is ever so much harder when it’s only 25 degrees out (good thing the cold doesn’t bother me nearly as much as heat does).

Enjoy.