night walking with a posse of photographers

Exposure: 5.0 sec – Aperture: f4.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 70mm
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1.3 sec +1 – Aperture: f6.3 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 70mm
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1.0 sec +1 – Aperture: f6.3 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 70mm
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 2.5 sec -2 – Aperture: f8.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 70mm
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 8.0 sec – Aperture: f9.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/40 sec – Aperture: f2.8 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 15mm
Lens: EF 15mm Fisheye f/2.8 USM – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Imagination Blind, Dinosaur Jr, Farm, 2009 | LINK

the photography:
the other night i got together with a couple of other chicago based photographers and we did a fantastic little night walk through streets of downtown chicago. it was, in a word, fantastic. i really enjoyed getting the chance to walk around and shoot the breeze with a couple of shutter-nuts like myself. i think i just coined a phrase. at some point, i’ll have a section on here called shutter-nuts. it’ll be portraits of photographers i have met and know. i think that’s a grand idea.

back to the walk. i am such a sucker for a good long exposure photograph of urban settings. i love trying to figure out how photographers compensate for several light sources, light temps, glares, light pollution, and moving subjects. it just plain fascinates me. when i’m shooting my own long exposure photos, i always carry a large tripod and i try to take the explicitly human element out of the frame. moving vehicles hide their drivers and passengers at night and they allow for a mechanical movement that is still very creepy and linear. long exposures with humans tend to just be blurry masses. which is cool sometimes. but i currently like working with lines and edges and moving parts and big f-stops and clear images and … sorry. i’m rambling.

i remember back in college when i really first experimented with long exposure nighttime photography, i realized that subtle pieces of each image would reveal themselves during the development process after the photo was taken. every time, to this day, my eye adjusts to what it wants to see through the viewfinder at night, not what it actually sees. these days, i get home and pull the images up on the computer and i notice about fifteen things that i didn’t see or take into account when i took the photo. it’s a fun process. i blame the darkness.

anywho, photos are from inside the loop at night and one thing to point out that this is my first real photo of the new trump tower in downtown chicago. it’s an ominous building that i really have grown to like. equipment lugged around after dusk includes: Camera body, tripod, 24-70mm f2.8 lens, 15mm fisheye f2.8, 28mm f1.8 lens, cable release, and extra batteries and CF cards. not a light load but a good time indeed.

the music:
my god these guys can really do no wrong. if i get a chance this year, i am gonna track them down and see a show. if you think i’m kidding, watch this video. oh my. i’m just so stoked to be back in the mess of rock and roll that matters. i am pretty done with dance rock as it was never for me. i am also done with the 80’s being rehashed as “cool”. wow. i could scream about that all day. but i won’t. i’ll just listen to my DJR and love it.

also? this is a lou song. i like it a lot. a lot.

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