Getting creative with cityscapes

I love shooting cityscapes and I always spend some time researching good locations when I visit a new city. Sometimes, it’s hard not to shoot the obvious view and get the same shot as everyone else. So here are a few tips to get more creative with your cityscapes. I’m also including examples from a […]

Chicago Skyline Views from the 18th Street Bridge

The 18th Street Bridge is not as well know for skyline images as the Adler Planetarium, but it’s a great location that offers a variety of views. The bridge goes over the south branch of the Chicago River, as well as a railyard, which are great foregrounds. The easiest way to access the bridge is […]

Creating Series through a Preformed Plan

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It’s been awhile since we’ve discussed photo series so I thought it might be good to revisit this topic from a different perspective than what I discussed about a year ago in this post. Instead of taking one location, one subject, one theme on only one day, we’ll explore creating a series over a period […]

Photographing the Chicago Bridges Lifts

Today, I wanted to share something that’s in between architecture and cityscapes: the Chicago Bridge Lifts! Every year, the bridges have to open to let sailboats move from between Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Lifts are scheduled on several Wednesdays and Saturdays in April-May and October-November each year. In 2015, I was in Chicago for […]

Guest Post: Bryan Esler on Using Long Exposures for Architectural Photography

We’re back with a new guest blog post with our friend Bryan Esler! He’s going to talk about long exposures for cityscapes and architecture. Bryan Esler is a corporate, landscape and event photographer located in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has worked with clients such as CNBC, Michigan State University, ArtPrize, Steelcase, SpartanNash and more. His […]

The best Chicago rooftops for cityscapes

After sharing our best locations for cityscapes in Chicago, we thought we’d come back with the best rooftop locations. Elevated views are always great and Chicago has a lot of options to get something a little different! Let’s start with the obvious observations deck. Chicago has two observatories that are open year-round: 360 Chicago and […]

The best Chicago cityscapes

Chicago is known for its world-class architecture, and rightfully so. But where are the best places to capture views of the city? Let’s share our best location to photograph Chicago cityscapes and skyline views! Starting along the lake on the North side, we have North Avenue Beach. Closer to Downtown, you get a great skyline […]

Lakeshore Drive Bridge – How to get different moods for cityscapes

Time of day is a key element of shooting cityscapes. While you can definitely get great cityscapes in the middle of the day, my favorite time to shoot cityscapes is around sunrise or sunset. The light is softer and the city looks more interesting. Let’s see the different types of light you can get early […]

Riverwalk Hustle

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I’m slowly getting back into the groove of getting out to photograph more regularly. So, while the sitter was here to watch my son on Tuesday I suffered through the return of winter to wander the Riverwalk for a little while. The lighting and weather conditions were less than ideal…cold, foggy, flat gray skies, basically […]

New Images – Cloudscrapers

Tuesday I had the opportunity to do a one-on-one photowalk with a woman that wanted a little guidance on some technical aspects, as well as compositional elements, of architectural photography. We had such a great couple of hours together and I think we both learned a few things! One of the benefits of teaching…it never […]