It’s been awhile since I’ve shot the el, I’ve taken a little break since completing my From the ‘L’ series. But today I thought I’d grab the chance to shoot from a location I’ve been meaning to get to for months. The corner of Lake & Wells is an ideal location to get some shots of the el from a higher vantage point…all the curves from the various lines converging before heading off in different directions creates such interesting lines.
Since I know this is a favorite location of Chicago photogs, I’d love it if you shared your images of the el. Each photographer seems to come up with their own unique perspectives which is so fun to see. Feel free to post links in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you (and of course see your take on this popular scene)!
To see all the photos from the morning, head over to the Flickr set, there’s even one black and white thrown in;)
Also, a photographer friend of mine happened to be out shooting this around the same time I was, must be on the same wavelength…check out his post here. He’s the editor of the blog I sometimes contribute photos to, Out of Chicago, be sure to check it out and subscribe. And don’t miss his big announcement about the ebook he’ll be offering soon, it’s not to be missed!
Ha! I was just there for the first time and was just about to do the same post. Possibly with the same title. Look forward to it in the next hour or so. What level did you go to to shoot these?
That is funny we were both just there! I shot these from the top level and 7th level. And funny how yours are b&w while mine are color...definitely a switch around for both of us:)
Love your shots too! And thank you for the link back to my post here:)!
I didn't know which level would be the best, so we started at the top and worked our way down. The top was the most difficult to shoot from. Around the 7th was about the best. I agree.
I know, there aren't any ideal spots to shoot from here. I wish the corner of the garage was more open because that would be the perfect vantage point. I basically held my camera out as far as I could on the top level and shot blind, there was just no way to actually see what was going on.
And in a surprising twist, yours are color and mine are all black and white. http://outofchicago.com/above-the-l-and-a-big-announcement/
I recently took a trip around town. All three of these are from the Damen Blue Line. I hope to meet you in a Meetup soon!
Nice shots Zach! Thanks for sharing, I particularly like the last one with the train heading toward you. I look forward to meeting you at a meetup sometime too!