Last week, I had a chance to shadow one of the up-and-coming Chicago-based photographers whose work I really admire – Nenad Spasojevic who is on Instagram as well as 500px. Have a look at both sites. His work is so thoughtful and well-crafted and his posts also include his thoughts about his process.
We planned for a sunrise shoot at Monroe Harbor on July 5 and just did that. It turned out to be a short walk – from 5:30 AM at Monroe Harbor to just about fifteen minutes later when the sun was way above the horizon and the colors of the sky turned to lighter shades from the intense reds and oranges at the beginning.
I didn’t get to observe Nenad that much as I came later than I expected and he was situated more south than where I wanted to be. But here is a screen grab of his post on Instagram from that photoshoot last week, and you will get an idea where he is coming from:
As you can see, his eye is totally different from mine even though we were looking at the same view.
I wholeheartedly agree with his philosophy though. In addition, photography-wise, you will have missed really good early morning light you can’t get any other time of the day :-).
Well hello there
BTW, shortly after the walk, I passed by Millennium Park and bumped into two more up-and-coming photographers whose works are also awesome, Vinod K. (blinkofalens on Instagram) of Chicago and Beau R. (beaurogersphoto on Instagram) of Reno. But that is another story.
Two friends and I spent several hours last Sunday afternoon on the breakwater in the Gold Coast, watching the city turn pink from the light setting sun. The sky put up an incredible show – the drama started in the early afternoon with beautiful fluffy cottony cumulus clouds that turned quickly into menacing storm clouds and then back to nice fluffy clouds in the evening during which sunlight filtered from the west, bathing the city with a beautiful pink glow.
It was a beautiful evening to just chill out and end the weekend.
Sunrise over Lake Michigan @ Fullerton and Lakeshore Drive, May 13, 2017
Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Earth Day, April 22, 2017
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.
Sunrise over Lake Michigan, February 5, 2017. Direct from my iPhone7+ that I got yesterday. No post-processing at all.
… even if it was snowing heavily.
Having cabin fever cooped up in the apartment.
So instead of working, I took a walk on the beach, despite the wind and the cold but the sun was shining though. It was a nice brisk walk from Thorndale to just about Foster Ave. Beach and back with plenty of photo stops. Took me about an hour. Surprisingly, lots of people were up and about, probably they felt the same way as I did.
Panoramic view of the Chicago skyline during the 2016 World Series honoring the Cubs. Taken on the second night of a two-night walk (Friday and Saturday, Oct 28 and 28) at the same time the Cubs were playing (and losing) at Wrigley Field.
Lake Michigan sunrise, Edgewater, Chicago