Night Photography in Chicago II

Chicago River Front Walk, winter '09

It used to be a writers town and it’s always been a fighter’s town. For writers and fighters and furtive torpedoes, cat-bandit, baggage thieves, hallway headlockers on the prowl, baby photographers and stylish coneroos, this is the spot that is always most convenient, being centrally located, for settling ancestral grudges. Whether the power is in a .38, a typewriter ribbon or a pair of six-ouncers, the place has grown great on bone-deep grudges: of writers and fighters and furtive torpedoes.

—Nelson Algren
Chicago: City On The Make

On a blue moon New Years eve Night in Chicago I wanted to get some more images of my hometown, so before going to the year end celebrations I wandered around the downtown river front until it got too cold. And at 17 degrees, that was a very short time and made the long exposures seem much longer.

The thing I like most about making images in a city at night are the colors, and in Chicago that generally means a golden straw colored hue juxtaposed with cooler tones in the buildings and sky.

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Author: Jeff Gatesman

I am a Cinematographer and still photographer. My favorite places are behind a camera or in front of a big screen.

3 thoughts on “Night Photography in Chicago II”

  1. Those are tremendous! I’ve always been fond of distorted wide angles (when I shoot 35mm film, I still use a 60’s Minolta with a no-name wide-angle I found at a thrift in high school… still my fave). The color and texture you’re getting is unreal! Man, I’ve just gotta get a DSLR one of these days. My point & shoot just isn’t very satisfying. Good photos are more by accident than design. 😉 Gorgeous. Make big prints!

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