Sunrise over Lake Michigan @ Fullerton and Lakeshore Drive, May 13, 2017
Last April 8, a group of us, who now we call “The Early Risers” (because we tend to start our walks way before sunrise), met up and did a marathon photo shoot from basically sunrise to sundown. I left the house at 5:21 AM and arrived back at the house at 5:21 PM.
These photos are from the part 4 and 5 of the walk which was the Garfield Park Conservatory and then the River North legs, respectively.
On April 8, a bunch of like-minded photographers decided to meet up just before sunrise at North Ave. Beach to photograph the rising of the sun. They decided that it was too much fun to waste the morning … so they continued their meet-up to which ever place first popped up in their collective minds.
This is part 3 of their continuing walk – from the Loop to the Riverwalk leg. On their way, they found dead birds that hit buildings on their migration and turned over trash compactor, most of them, on Wacker Drive.
The Riverwalk is a fairly new addition to Chicago – it has always been there, of course, but its development as a public destination probably happened in the early 2000. Now, it is an open pedestrian promenade from the lake to its fork when the river splits into its north and south branches. The walk has restaurants along with public seating and resting places, boat rentals and other activities. There seems to be some theme as you walk along – from upscale restaurants in the west end which is more architecturally landscaped with concrete seating and metal railings to a more down to earth atmosphere in the east end with funkier bars and rustic landscaping (plastic seating here folks) and loud music in the east end.
In part 2 of the walk, Tim K. took us to the 8th floor deck of a parking structure in the loop (on Wells and Lake) to shoot the trains crossing in the junction of Clark and Lake below. Several lines pass through here – Brown, Green, Pink, Orange, and Purple – so every few minutes, you will see one or two lines on the tracks.
This is a very popular site to shoot the tracks from above, but I have never been here. I’ve been in the other parking lots shooting trains from above, but not this one.
BTW, I used my iPhone to shoot these photos.
I have this group, which we now call “The Early Risers” because we tend to start our walks as early as possible, even before sunrise, if need be. I started it with Mark Marshall a few weeks ago and for this walk on April 8, Tim K. and Michelle D. have joined us. Who knows who will join us next.
For this epic walk, a day-long walk, we met at North Ave. Beach for sunrise, then drove to the Loop for a train tracks shoot, then the Chicago Riverwalk, after which we drove to the Garfield Conservatory, then back to downtown in River North and ended up in the River Walk again.
I left the house at 5:21 AM and arrived back at the house at 5:21 PM.
Exhausting but exhilarating at the same time.
This is part I of the walk (North Ave. Beach).
I wake up very early in the morning (at about 4 am or even before that) to prepare for and drive to work in another state, about an hour’s drive away.
So no matter how I wish I to spend more time in bed on weekends, I am already awake by early morning.
What to do? Last April 1 early morning, I looked out the window – and lo and behold – the weather was actually nice. The sun just started to peek out of the horizon. I just had to run to the beach to take some photographs. I know that I was already late but, the colors were still incredibly beautiful.