Finally, I present the last of my Chicago images. Not necessarily for the master’s project, but for me: Elizabeth and I lived in Chicago for a time, but I never really carried a camera with me because I was concerned about keeping my equipment safe at our apartment in Hyde Park. I figured the less I had, the safer we were (and we never had a break-in). But this project gave me an excuse to walk around downtown and the Loop with some of my better gear. Frankly, the 5D Mk. II and a 50mm lens would be a great combination, with a wide-angle lens and a telephoto as two accessory lenses, but I really needed to have the 24-70mm with me that day as I was working on my project, and needed the flexibility that it provides. The next time I go to Chicago with a camera, it will just be for me, and the equipment choices will certainly reflect that!
When we visited Chicago I said I wanted to go anywhere except the Cloud Gate sculpture. I had seen far too many pictures of it over the years and I felt there was plenty more worth seeing. It’s nice to see you went later in the evening giving it a more unique look from the average photo of the sculpture.
The “bean” is certainly an oft-photographed sculpture in Chicago and there are a lot of other things to see. However, the “Cloud Gate” is a pilgrimage of sorts to me since I lived in the city for a little while, and went to Millennium Park before they finished polishing it and the seems in the titanium were still visible. Plus, I’d never been there with a “real” camera….next time I’ll have to go with a tripod, though, because I really wanted to shoot at f/11 to get more detail in the background!