2018 Chicago Workshop Recap

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In October, we led our second Photography Unfolded workshop in Chicago. If you missed it because it was sold out, don’t worry, we already have the dates for 2019: October 19-20 (sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know when registration opens)!

We had a great group with some locals and some people from out of town (as far as Australia!). Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and we got gray skies the entire workshop, but the group stayed motivated.

We started the workshop on Friday afternoon, at Lincoln Park and the Peoples Gas Pavilion (Studio Gang). The outside has a pod-like shape while the inside looks like a honeycomb.

We then headed to North Avenue Beach for sunset and blue hour. While Michael went with a more traditional view, Angie played with her zoom lens and focus to create abstracts.

The next morning, we headed to the Gold Coast. Our first stop was the Sofitel and its amazing curved facade, which is great for reflections.

A couple of blocks east is 875 North Michigan Avenue (Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill), formerly the John Hancock Center. The structure of the building is great for patterns and lines.

After taking the train back to the Loop and stopping for lunch, we headed to Millennium Park. We started with the Bean (Anish Kapoor) and its great reflections.

Next stop: the Pritzker Pavilion (Frank Gehry). Angie used the red seats to contrast with the sweeping metal curves in the background.

Next to the pavilion is another Gehry-designed structure: the BP Bridge. We had some great fall colors to go with the architecture!

From the bridge, we were able to catch some great cloud reflections in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Building:

Our next stop was Aqua (Studio Gang). The gray day made it perfect for black and white and Angie went with a high-key look here.

After Aqua, we took the water taxi from Michigan Avenue all the way down to Chinatown and its library branch (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill). Another place with good reflections!

We ended the day at the 18th street bridge. It’s a great spot to shoot the skyline, with the Ping Tom Memorial Park and the St Charles Air Line Bridge in the foreground.

On Sunday morning, despite the rain, we started at Lake Shore Drive bridge. The clouds made it more interesting to shoot.

Our next stop was Milton Lee Olive Park. We used the reflections on the benches to make the shot more interesting, especially with the water droplets.

After breakfast at Navy Pier, we headed to Lake Point Tower (John Heinrich, George Schipporeit). A quick break in the clouds offered some much-needed color.

Burberry was our next stop. The metallic facade is another great spot for reflections, whether it’s colorful curves or a rigid pattern.

Going south on Michigan Avenue, we then shot the Wrigley Building, juxtaposed with the Trump Tower and the AMA Building.

Trump Tower (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) was next, with the great curving walkway along the river.

We then stopped by Marina City to take in the corncob patterns.

After a break for lunch, we headed indoors with the Palmer House. The hotel lobby as several staircases worth shooting. The main one is interesting from above (wide shot) and from below (abstract shot).

Our last stop on the workshop was the Chicago Cultural Center. It a large building with a lot of areas to explore, including the Tiffany Dome and the other dome on the north end.

As you can see, we saw a lot in two and a half days. It’s a workshop packed with great locations for architecture and cityscapes.

Stay tuned for images from our Friday add-on and from our students!

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