chicago riverwalk, chicago skyline, chicago water taxi
Last week I led an awesome group on a tour of Chicago’s architecture by water taxi. We started the morning at the Ogilvie/Union Station stop and headed over to Chinatown where we photographed the skyline from the 18th Street bridge. It was an oppressively hot and humid day, well over 100 with the heat index, so the sky was very hazy. I didn’t really like how the images looked in color so I opted to convert them to black & white. Plus, we were shooting right in the middle of the day, certainly not the best for skyline views, so b&w just works better in my opinion. And, yay, for the dehaze tool in Lightroom!
chicago skyline
chicago skyline
chicago skyline
chicago skyline
We jumped back on the water taxi and headed to the Riverwalk next. Along the way we came across many kayaker’s. I liked this particular scene with the ‘L’ passing over the river and the new construction in the background.
chicago river
chicago riverwalk, chicago skyline, chicago water taxi
After lunch and a bit of a cool down – thankfully!, we headed over to the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower and Marina Towers for some shots from land. The sky still wasn’t very compelling so, again, I opted for b&w.
wrigley building, trump tower
trump tower
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chicago skyline
That wrapped up the day! We’ve met online for some post-processing tips and next week we’ll meet up once more so everyone can share their images with the group. Also, Chris Smith and I will be doing this tour one more time on Sunday, August 28. Details are below and here’s a link to register.

Join Chris Smith and Angie McMonigal for a fun-filled day of architecture photography in downtown Chicago! Last time we explored the city from the ‘L’, this time we’re taking to the water. We’ll board the Chicago Water Taxi at the Ogilvie/Union Station stop and cruise the river for a unique perspective on Chicago’s world-class architecture.
Some stops include Chinatown, Michigan Ave. and the Riverwalk. We’ll explore some of Chicago’s iconic architecture from both the water and land. We’ll meet online ahead of time for introductions and gear recommendations, spend a day photographing the city and then meet-up again online for an overview of post-processing by both Chris and Angie. We’ll give you some time to process your images and then meet-up one last time to share and critique your work.c
Additional info: You’ll be purchasing an all-day water taxi pass for $8
Online preparation meeting: August 25, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Water Taxi tour: Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Online post-processing meeting: August 30, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
Online share and critique: September 6, 2016 @ 8 p.m.
We will record the online meetings so that if you miss one you can watch the recording. This tour is limited to 10 people.



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