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Chicago Night Photos #3014132 10/29/19 05:12 PM
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Sometimes, just to stay in practice, I drive into Chicago and prowl around desolate streets and empty industrial areas looking for things to shoot. No light painting here; the exposures are pretty short (comparatively speaking) and depend almost wholly on how much ambient streetlighting there is. But its fun and keeps the creative processes working...



Creepy old viaducts are always fun. Here is some of that mixed lighting Lance Keimig is always on the lookout for. I used to hate sodium vapor lighting (the orange light here) but considering how quickly it is disappearing, maybe I should give it more appreciation. Not visible here is the non-stop traffic zooming by off to the right.

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On the other hand, this quiet viaduct leads only to a dead-end, at a business that was closed for the night.

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Underneath the "L". I shot this with my Rolleiflex.

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I can't resist an old neon sign.

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Re: Chicago Night Photos [Re: Lou Gehrig] #3014137 10/29/19 05:20 PM
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I'm sure I can find more to post!

Re: Chicago Night Photos [Re: Lou Gehrig] #3014189 10/30/19 12:14 AM
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Nice. And yes, please post more. Lance does like his mixed light photos. He also loves layers and depth, which you've got going as well.

Re: Chicago Night Photos [Re: Lou Gehrig] #3014328 10/31/19 01:56 AM
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A few weeks ago, I stopped by St. Boniface church; abandoned in 1990 and threatened with demolition off and on ever since. It is "supposedly" on the verge of a restoration but it keeps getting more and more derelict. The city has threatened its owners with immediate demolition due to brickwork crumbling and falling onto the sidewalks!

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Nine years ago, I found an unlocked door and I went in for some photos. It was sweltering hot and the whole place stunk of pigeon poop.

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Re: Chicago Night Photos [Re: Lou Gehrig] #3014498 11/01/19 12:07 AM
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Wowwwww....fantastic!!

Re: Chicago Night Photos [Re: Lou Gehrig] #3014861 11/04/19 01:04 PM
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Thank you Ken!!

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Did you play the organ in there?


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Fascinating photos. smile


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Re: Chicago Night Photos [Re: Lou Gehrig] #3015039 11/05/19 05:45 PM
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Thanks! Oh, no organ here, at least not any more.

One piano I did try to play though was this one, in a different abandoned church, this one in Gary Indiana. This church had been abandoned since about 1975 and has become increasingly derelict particularly in the last few years (this photo was in 2009). The whole roof here has fallen in recently! Anyway, the piano appeared at some point for the filming of a music video here by gospel artist Dwayne Coleman, and was left behind afterward. It might have been a junker.... I tried to play it and most of the keys were stuck/broken, etc. It remained there for another year or so until it eventually got smashed into kindling. Crazy how the high angle here makes it look like a toy! But its a real, full-size upright piano.

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Nice stuff Lou! I like these old, grungy and decrepit places.

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They are so much fun to explore. And that wonderful patina makes for great images.

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A quickie from Friday night. Tons of ambient streetlighting but I used my flashlight briefly on that overhead bridge so it wouldn't totally disappear in shadow.

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