Like living on a working river

Dan Egan portrait
Capt. Dan Egan minds the rear of the boat as Steve Gray stands on point at the bow of the empty barge while they push it up the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on Illinois Marine Towing's "Albert C." on October 20, 2010 near Lemont, Ill. | Canon 5D Mk. II and 24-70mm f/2.8L lens @ 38mm | Exposed 1/60 sec. @ f/10, ISO 100 (flash @ -1/3 EV)

A few more frames from my day on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal with Illinois Marine Towing.  I wanted a little “more” both from the portrait of Dan Egan and the image below, with Steve Gray growing in proportion from one frame to the next.  As for the third image, I can’t help but be drawn to photos of flowing water, although usually I try to make it silky, I enjoyed the way that the faster shutter speed froze the large droplets.

(Two more photos after the jump!)

While trying to position the barge parallel to the others, Steve Gray, a deck hand for Illinois Marine Towing, takes point at the front and radios-in the location to Captain Dan Egan in the pilot house. | Canon 1D Mk. III and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with 1.4x II TC @ 280mm | Exposed 1/250 sec. @ f/5.6, ISO 100.
Water pump
A pump clears the water out of the lower tank of a barge at the shipyards near Lemont, Ill. A barge may be flooded intentionally to help even its load. | Canon 1D Mk. III and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens @ 165mm | Exposed 1/1000 sec. @ f/4, ISO 200.

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