Wrigley Building, Chicago Tribune Bulding
The Michigan Avenue bridge crosses over the Chicago River and passes between the Wrigley and Tribune buildings. Chicago is a favorite US city for architecture and the Wrigley building (left) is a classic landmark. The night lighting really showcases the Tribune Building's gothic design. It was one of the first skyscrapers along the Magnificent Mile built in 1922.
Our team visited Howells & Hood - a fun restaurant in the Tribune building and I wanted to include it in the image. The restaurant name is a nod to architect John Howell and builder Raymond Hood (who later built Rockefeller Place in New York).
This image was taken from a stairway leading to the riverwalk. Traveling on business, I had limited time (and no room for a tripod).
From a photographic perspective, to avoid a sterile postcard image of each building, it was difficult locating a foreground. The colored reflections, leading lines of the Michigan bridge and the boat really helped set a visual context.
Here, I'm using a ball head (held tightly to the railing), TriggerTrap, and a 24mm Tilt shift lens with perspective control to help keep the buildings straight (i.e. not falling inward at the top). While adding tilt control for a situation like this, it's difficult to figure out where to focus... I selected a spot near the street level entrance (about 1/3 of the way into the frame and f/22). This image was assembled from 7 shots using TriggerTrap on my iPhone, each 1 stop apart.
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