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Chicago L S Curve



Magical long exposure of the Chicago L going around the S Curve by Merchandise Mart

Magical long exposure of the Chicago L going around the S Curve by Merchandise Mart
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deekaycee Platinum
 
deekaycee Sep 18
Cheers on your people’s choice photo contest honors.
CPKphoto
 
CPKphoto Sep 23
magnifique

Behind The Lens

Location
This photos is taken from the 7th floor of a parking deck next to merchandise mart near the Chicago Loop.
Time
It was in the parking garage and it was probably about 60 degrees. I was there for about an hour or so trying out different exposure lengths to get the perfect light trail. The train comes by about every 12 minutes so there was a lot of sitting and waiting! It was taken around 9pm
Lighting
This was one of my first ever attempts at long exposure photography. The main subject is the Chicago L train going by and the lights on the back dragging through the shot
Equipment
Camera: Sony A7III Lens: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Tripod: Peak Design Carbon Fiber
Inspiration
I saw another photographer post a shot similar to this one and I realized that I had a friend that lived in the building that had the perfect vantage point. I had never done much long exposure but had messed around with some light painting so I thought it would be interesting to give it a shot with a train.
Editing
I did some basic adjustments in Lightroom CC. For this photo I really wanted an authentic warm feel from the orange street lights and ensure that the red and white lights from the train popped
In my camera bag
- Camera: Sony A7III - Lens: Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 & Tamron 70-180mm f2.8 Tripod: Peak Design Carbon Fiber Mavic Pro with extra batteries GoPro Hero 9 Osmo Mobile Gimbal Remote shutter release
Feedback
Set aside a few hours. The trains only run so often, so you’ll need to wait a decent amount of time between shots.

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