sunrise in Chicago

Long Shot 2017

The Photographic Center Northwest holds an annual fundraiser, Long Shot., each June. I wasn’t able to participate last year so I’ve been looking forward to June 10-11th.

I awoke earlier than usual (!) and walked from our humble abode in the Loop, through Maggie Daley Park, along the lakefront to the end of a pier then back home, stopping for coffee at Intelligencia. My intent was to study the morning light as it illuminated the buildings on Michigan Avenue.

Naturally, I found sights and scenes I hadn’t considered: seagulls feeding in the shallow water near the piers, Millennium Park devoid of people, the stark contrast of Crown Fountain against the trees and Michigan Avenue canyon, the solitude of the faces in the fountain without the crowds and, finally, an opportunity to make a self-portrait underneath and in the center of the Bean.

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About 40 minutes after the sun rose over Lake Michigan

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Crown Fountain, Michigan Avenue, reflection.

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Crown Fountain

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Crown Fountain

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Self portrait, under the Bean (Cloud Gate)

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