Friday, June 15, 2012

Photo of the Week: St. Charles Air Line Bridge eats Chicago

St. Charles Air Line Bridge eats Chicago
Nikon D7000 1/200sec at f10, ISO100. Copyright Andy Marfia 2012 All Rights Reserved.

I'm a big proponent of revisiting photos, both in the darkroom, and by going back to locations in real life.  I find that some of my best images come from second or third attempts.  This week's photo, of the St Charles Air Line Bridge as seen from Ping Tom Park in Chicago's China Town, is similar to one that I shot last year but was never completely satisfied with.  With this version, I chose a wider crop and processed in black and white, and I think I finally got it right.

About the bridge: The St Charles Air Line Bridge was named a Chicago landmark in 2007.  It was the world's longest and heaviest single-leaf bridge when completed in 1919.  Interestingly, while most people view this as one bridge, there are actually two in this photo, sitting side by side.  The lowered Bridge is the St Charles Air Line, while the raised one is the Chicago Terminal Bridge.  The latter is no longer in use and sits permanently raised.

Prints: I recently used this as a submission for a photo contest sponsored by Preservation Chicago, and as a result, I have a few extra prints lying around which are for sale if anyone is interested:


Shoot me an email for info on pricing.  They measure exactly 9x18 inches on 13x19 Epson Premium Semigloss paper.  I can also print other sizes as requested.

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