Thursday, August 18, 2011
Photo of the Week: Chicago Vertical
Nikon D7000 w/ 16-85mm lens, 1/500sec at f8, ISO200. © Andy Marfia 2011 All Rights Reserved.
This week's photo is of the iconic Chicago Theater and State Street, as seen from the elevated platform at State and Lake. Specifically I was standing on the stairs leading up to the platform when I snapped this shot.
I've been sitting on this photo for a couple of months. I guess that's not that significant-- I have photos that I've been sitting on for years for various reasons. In this case, the composition just wasn't quite working for me. Here's the original:
In this earlier version, the Chicago Theater and the "Godo Good" street light are meant to anchor the composition. That's what I was shooting when I took the photo. However, when I pulled it up on my computer afterward, I found myself much more intrigued by the guy running across the street. I like how he juxtaposes with the vertical city around him. Thus I arrived at the finished photo on top, cropped to 12x6 and losing most of the right side. You're welcome to disagree, but I think it's a much more interesting photograph.
This is the third time that I've tried this particular crop, and I really like it. There will definitely be more to come down the road.