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.
Sunrise over Lake Michigan @ Fullerton and Lakeshore Drive, May 13, 2017
Sunrise over Lake Michigan, Earth Day, April 22, 2017
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.
This weekend’s walk is at the Chicago lakefront, where else, at Navy Pier to witness the sunrise, and then at Olive Park and Ohio St. Beach. The walk was conducted with my new photowalk buddy, Mark Marshall from Flickr and Chicago Drink and Click®. He wanted to test some new gear for this shoot.
This is the Navy Pier part of the walk.
Unseasonal warm weather brought dozens of photographers to watch and photograph the sunrise over the lake this past weekend. A new photographer photowalk partner, Mark Marshall and I went to the Fullerton Beach area in Lincoln Park to do just that on Saturday, the 18th. There were about eight other photographers hanging out there when we arrived.
We then walked to North Ave. Beach, then to the Nature Board Walk. We finished at about 9 am.
I had a grand time.
Sunrise over Lake Michigan, February 5, 2017. Direct from my iPhone7+ that I got yesterday. No post-processing at all.
Lake Michigan sunrise, Edgewater, Chicago