Tuesday, July 26, 2011

LaSalle Street Canyon

This portion of LaSalle Street has been dubbed "The Canyon" because of the tall steep buildings on what is a relatively narrow street.  A median runs through most of LaSalle, which stretches from downtown, curving into Lake Shore Drive.  LaSalle dead ends into the Chicago Board of Trade in the Loop and then continues for a short distance to the south.  This photo was taken around dusk from the northbound lane in the street.  I like how the elements in the street add to the looming appearance of the highrises. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Storm is Brewing, Gold Coast

These photos were taken last week as a storm was rolling through the city.  Just a few minutes later I was able to watch the rain quickly fall from the sky from 200 feet in the air.  Seeing the rain begin to fall from this view is quite different from being in a vehicle or walking along the street. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

AC MILLER Photography Update

It’s been almost two months since the site debate and I have recently made some adjustments.  I separated my street photographs into two portfolios – in black and white and in color.  I preferred that it was best that each stood on its own.  You can also find more detail descriptions of upcoming images in the Projects & Services section.  They will be further updates coming soon. Oh, and I promise to upload the photos of the  "Forever Marilyn" soon.  Chicago art installations never fail to cause controversy and this one is no exception.

Cops, LaSalle and Division

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Old Town Art Fair, Wells Street

Again, better late than never.  The Old Town Art Fair, along Wells Street from Division Street to North Avenue, was weeks ago but I couldn't find the time to do any editing.  I always feel a little awkward taking photos of the work of professional artists, so my emphasis here was street photography.  These are the images that ruled over others.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Zooming from a Gold Coast Rooftop

This is a view of the Loop as seen from a 20 story Gold Coast rooftop.  I experimented with 'zooming' a few months ago.  To obtain an effect as seen in the photograph above you simply adjust the focal length of a zoom lens during a long exposure.  You can really achieve some striking effects with this type of technique.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Grossinger Cadillac Building, Old Town

A few weeks ago I was riding by and noticed demolition in progress next to the old Grossinger Cadillac Building on Wells Street near Division.  This old auto garage always caught my eye with its terra cota exterior making it unique from the surrounding buildings on the block.  The building is a mix of neo-gothic style and art deco architecture.  Art deco symbols appear on the facade while hawk gargoyles protrude out from the top at each side.  A portion of the building will remain standing as construction makes way for a 250-unit, mid-rise apartment complex.  Here's a look the completed design at Yo Chicago.

Friday, July 1, 2011

On Boardwalk's Edge, Lake Michigan

 These images were taken a few weeks ago on the boardwalk between North Avenue and Oak Street Beaches.  This guy is facing east as the sun is setting behind him.  I couldn’t resist taking this shot because it illustrates how small we are in this large world that we live in.  I think a lot of locals come to the lakefront, particularly during a weekday, to get away from the congestion of daily city living.  Chicago gives you the best of both worlds, you can be alone in your thoughts staring into Lake Michigan while at the same time being just steps away from downtown. You wouldn't know it, but there were actually dozens of people walking by at the time.  As any good photographer does, I kept my patience and waited for clearance.