Twice a year for a few days, the sun lines up with the east-west streets that are part of Chicago's gridded avenues. Known as Chicagohenge, this phenomenon provides an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing light.
I spent an evening in the loop playing with the harsh light and decided to write a new before and after post using this photo from Michigan Avenue.
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lense: Tokina 12-24 F4 at F4.5 and 12mm
When I was shooting last week, I was focusing on pedestrians crossing Chicago's busy streets. I was drawn to this spot on Michigan Avenue because of the chance to frame the iconic Willis Tower in the background. I also wanted to shoot wide to emphasize the light and pedestrian in the middle of the frame contrasted with the empty space of the big street on the outside of the frame.
When this photo came out of the camera, I was generally happy with the balance of the light between the buildings, street, and sky. I wanted to keep some blue in the sky, and then enhance the color and contrast throughout the frame. I used a custom filter in Lightroom to draw the viewer's focus to the middle of the image while making the sun a stronger orange.
You can see a similar edit on the below photo posted on Instagram earlier in the week.
I hope you've enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think and feel free to ask questions in the comments.