Inside the Coffer Dam at One Chicago
Late in October, I spent some time in One Chicago‘s coffer dam, capturing the action for Power Construction. This was my first of many visits to the construction site during the project’s lifetime. The goal of this visit was to…
The Park at 150 N. Riverside
Architecture photography requires patience. You’re waiting on the sun to move, clouds to part, people to shift. The list goes on. For a lot of my projects, I use a “hurry up and wait” strategy. I get to where I…
#HelicopterHenge – Chicagohenge from above
I’ve wanted to capture Chicagohenge from the air – particularly on the actual equinox – for about four or five years now. But between unfavorable weather, pilots’ schedule, and my project schedule, it never panned out – until yesterday, September 23rd….
Wolf Point East renderings
I’ve been shooting various aspects of Wolf Point East for Hines and The Walsh Group – the project’s developer and general contractor, respectively – since early 2018. I’ve visited the site to photograph Walsh’s teams in action, document the structure’s…
Skyscraper-scraping shelf cloud
Few things compare to capturing a shelf cloud invading the city. The otherworldly-ness of this cloud formation’s texture, shape, and moody light makes for truly unique scenes. Especially when it dwarfs Chicago’s skyline. And their rarity makes them especially satisfying…
Farnsworth House – Geometry of Light Preview
On June 14th I was invited out to Farnsworth House for a preview of #GeometryOfLight – a collaboration between Luftwerk & Iker Gil. The installation will be open to the public from October 11th though the 13th. You can get your…
A decade of lightning photography
On May 27, 2009 – a decade ago – I caught my first bolt of lightning during a vacation in Italy (see above). The strike wasn’t particularly impressive, but just catching the lightning hooked me. So when I returned home…
I set-up my gear and watched as towering clouds incessantly lit up over the south suburbs on Friday night. Instead of shooting wide, I zoomed in for some close-ups. I loved how the serpentine bolts were illuminating the textures formed…
Snokeh – freezing snow in its place
I crave winter snowstorms. And one of the ways I like to add variety to my winterscapes is by capturing ‘snokeh.’ Snokeh is a mash-up of ‘snow’ and ‘bokeh’ and it’s is a technique I started experimenting with last winter. This…
New Year’s 2019!
From multiple bridges and barges stationed along the the main branch of the Chicago River, fireworks rang out to celebrate New Year’s 2019. In addition to fireworks at Navy Pier, Chicago added this secondary display and I wanted a unique vantage point to document the new celebration. That’s where my friends at Hines came in. In order to get the shots I envisioned, they arranged access to River Point’s 9th floor terrace. It was the prefect elevated vantage point to look east down the river. We arrived around 10:30pm to set-up and start taking test shots. Promptly at midnight, the show began. It didn’t last long – about six minutes – so I didn’t have much time or space to experiment with different angles or techniques. However, one of the happiest accidents was the reflections in 333 W Wacker’s curving glass curtain wall. I hoped to catch them but wasn’t sure how the angles would work out. My settings varied a bit from shot to shot, but in general I was shooting at f/14, ISO 320, at 3-5 seconds.