A Cold and Rainy Weekend in Chicago | Night Photography | Chicago Architecture

We spent the weekend in Chicago visiting a friend, and I got out a couple of times to shoot.  It was cold and raining a majority of the time, but I liked how the images turned out.  The grey weather sometimes adds character to architectural shots, like the image below of the Bean at Millennium Park.  The sculpture is already metallic, and the rest of the buildings, along with the weather, follow along with that metallic, sterile, industrial look.

 

Chicago By Day


 

Millennium Park | Chicago Illinois | Chicago Architecture | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Millennium Park | Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Traffic | Chicago Architecture | Light Trails | Michigan Ave | Skyscraper | Skyline | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Afternoon Traffic on Michigan Avenue | Chicago, Illinois

For the above image I set my tripod in the median of Michigan Avenue and used a 1 second exposure to blur the faster moving cars.

Chicago River | Trump Tower | Chicago Illinois | Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Winter on the Chicago River

I think the floating pieces of ice really add to this image.

Chicago Architecture | Chicago Illinois | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Chicago Architecture | Michigan Avenue

Millennium Park | Chicago Architecture | Chicago Illinois | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Millenium Park | Chicago, Illinois

Chicago At Night


 

John Hancock Building | Chicago Architecture | Chicago At Night | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Seek Up | John Hancock Building at Night

Right across the street from the John Hancock building is a church that served as a shelter from the misting rain for me and my gear.  It also added a nice foreground to the giant skyscraper shooting into the sky.

Chicago Skyline At Night | Chicago Architecture | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Purple Hue | Lake Shore Drive

Chicago River | Chicago Architecture | Chicago At Night | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Nighttime on the Chicago River

Chicago is brilliant at night!  Since it was raining off and on there weren't too many people out on the town.  It made the streets seem deserted of both people and cars, yet the city was still alive with lights.

Chicago Architecture | Chicago At Night | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Chicago River Scene

At first I was upset looking out onto this giant river barge and construction crane, thinking it would ruin my shot.  However after taking a couple of photos, I ended up liking it.  Putting the start of the barge in the foreground of the image draws the eye into the scene and the crane draws the eye up into the skyline and all of Chicago's skyscrapers.

Chicago Skyline At Night | Chicago Architecture | Chicago At Night | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Chicago Night Skyline | North Avenue Beach

Chicago Skyline At Sunset | Chicago Architecture | Chicago At Night | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Dusk | Chicago Skyline | Lake Shore Drive

For more on shooting Nightscapes, view my post 5 Reasons to Start Shooting Night Photography.

Chicago Skyline At Night | Chicago Architecture | Chicago At Night | Image By Indiana Architectural Photographer Jason Humbracht

Chicago Night Skyline | North Avenue Beach

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Peg & Greg Humbracht March 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    These are BEAUTIFUL too Jason! Peg

    On Friday, March 25, 2016, jhumbracht|photography wrote:

    > jhumbracht posted: “We spent the weekend in Chicago visiting a friend, and > I got out a couple of times to shoot. It was cold and raining a majority > of the time, but I liked how the images turned out. The grey weather > sometimes adds character to architectural shots, like th” >

    • jhumbracht March 28, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi Peg. Thanks so much!