In my last post about Aqua I mentioned I met up with some photographer friends over the weekend. While we spent a good amount of time photographing Aqua we also wandered past Trump Tower, the riverwalk and the Lake Shore East neighborhood.
One of my favorite buildings from the afternoon was the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower. I’ve never really paid much attention to this building before but it has some great lines, corners and reflections.
Unknowingly, I seemed to hone in on angles, so you’ll notice a bit of a theme with most of the photos.
Once again I’ll start with the black & white images but there are a few in color at the end.
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Onto the color…
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One last thing for anyone interested in composition out there…
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about composition and how I decide to frame an image the way I do. One of the most common things I’m always on the lookout for are reflections and different ways to layer. You can see both of these compositional tools in all the images above. The reflections are obvious, but I also use those reflections as a layering tool, which is easily seen in the Blue Cross Blue Shield images, whether with the clouds or city reflections. In the two Trump Tower images (the first and last images posted) there’s a bit of a different type of layering going on, almost this stacking of buildings or different components of the same building stacking upon each other. Both methods, I think, create a bit more depth.

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