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City of Big Shoulders

Chicago Board of Trade flanked by the LaSalle Bank and Federal Reserve buildings.

Chicago Board of Trade flanked by the LaSalle Bank and Federal Reserve buildings.
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Contest Finalist in Streets And Architecture Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Urban Photographer Contest
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54 Comments | Report
Celtic March 24, 2013
very cool :)
ArtGirl PRO
ArtGirl March 24, 2013
One of the best ever!
FredGramoso PRO+
FredGramoso September 18, 2013
Excellent! The tones are beautiful :)
Eeshwar September 19, 2013
The best
johngreene September 19, 2013
michmcbowen PRO+
michmcbowen September 19, 2013
Wicked capture!!! Congrats on being featured!!!
jleiweke September 19, 2013
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kasper September 19, 2013
Congratulations. Great shot.
frankcfc1 September 19, 2013
Great shot.
bbranyon September 19, 2013
Great photo!
catini September 19, 2013
Great fisheye and treatment, congrats on your feature!
AlanJakarta PRO+
AlanJakarta September 19, 2013
Fabulous HDR image taken from a great perspective. Congratulations.
diporzio September 19, 2013
beautiful "syncretism" for a fantastic city
cilla8 PRO
cilla8 September 19, 2013
Terrific capture, love the fisheye...Congrats on feature
debhall PRO+
debhall September 19, 2013
Stunning Shot! Congrats on your feature!
iceman2 September 19, 2013
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
Krishna_Kumar September 19, 2013
beautiful! congrats
bhaguchou September 19, 2013
drakkardarkblade September 19, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my work
deangelisrmarshall September 19, 2013
very large and big
san_bec September 19, 2013
Ultimate use of Wide angle lens in a low light condition! Appreciate!
Monty September 19, 2013
Fantastic shot. Congrats on the feature.
Redcow September 19, 2013
That is beautiful!
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HectorRivera September 19, 2013
Excellent POV and lighting
nihilistmia September 19, 2013
brilliant capture, congrats on the feature
AK_Swathi September 19, 2013
Great capture.
al d best.
djensen PRO
djensen September 19, 2013
Awesome work, congrats on the feature!
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tetvet September 19, 2013
nice job,congrats
juliebowser September 19, 2013
Congratulations :)
JoanieP PRO
JoanieP September 19, 2013
Outstanding capture , congrats.
LCmyers September 19, 2013
Sweet home Chicago!
terrycharbeneau September 19, 2013
Congrats on your feature.
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SusiStroud September 19, 2013
WOW, Awesome! Congrats on your Feature!
Rafal_Antoniuk September 20, 2013
Stunning work!
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redwriter September 20, 2013
Great shot. Congrats. - Jake
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rmr731 September 22, 2013
Great shot and really cool edit! Congrats!
onyanita PRO+
onyanita September 23, 2013
superb. Love the fisheye effect for this one
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Wayne_Sr September 23, 2013
Awesome Shot, Congratulations on your Feature..:~)
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heathermcfw December 03, 2013
love the fisheye on this shot
anastasiapavlou February 06, 2014
Wow!! Excellent photography.
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p_eileenbaltz March 17, 2014
SPECTACULAR!!! Congratulations on being chosen a finalist!:)
Rl1956 March 17, 2014
fantastic capture, congrats
MRueffer March 18, 2014
This is a fantastic image!
ArtQ March 24, 2014
Congrats on your finalist award.
diporzio April 03, 2014
Congratulations on your well deserved Contest recognition
Timbo June 05, 2014
Very impressive.....
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gondmagdi September 26, 2014
wonderful shot !
AlanC PRO+
AlanC February 01, 2015
Wow! please add this photo to the Night Mega Complex Photo Challenge, thanks! :-)
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CherylG February 22, 2015
Fantastic work!! Congratulations!!
Julia7955 February 22, 2015
This is amazing..
IrinaPhotography PRO+
IrinaPhotography March 05, 2015
Incredible execution and prospective!
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Kim_George_Brown March 05, 2015
Amazing what a change a little lens distortion can do to a photo.
lynnkirchhoff November 11, 2015
Amazing shot!
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michaeltillman December 20, 2019
I just love that wide angle look with the sepia tone. That's really tight. Great shot my friend!

Behind The Lens

Downtown Chicago, IL
9:30 PM on a late February Evening.
The lighting in the "Financial Canyon" of the Loop is amazing. The street lights at this section of LaSalle St. are a nice yellow incandescent that give the limestone masonry of the buildings a nice warm glow.
Camera: Nikon D700 Lens: Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye
The Chicago Board of Trade building in the center of the photo is indicative of the Chicago Art Deco style, built in 1930. The buildings to the left and right are the Continental Building and Chicago Federal Reserve respectively. Both of these buildings are identical in structure. I felt a fisheye capture would reinforce the nickname "City of Big Shoulders" that Chicago has.
Very little post, just bringing up the saturation of the colors.
In my camera bag
Nikon Full Frame DSLR, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2,8, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, and Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye.
Shoot wide angle or fisheye to capture the full might of buildings like this. I also wanted to make sure the statue of Ceres at the top of the Board of Trade was visible. A tripod is a must for a long exposure like this. My camera settings were: ISO-200, f/16, 16mm, 6 seconds.

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