The skyscraper was invented in Chicago back in 1885. Since then, many Chicago buildings were designed in a wide variety of architectural styles - from American Four-Square to International to Prarie School to Workers Cottage.
Many world-famous architects played a significant role in the development of Chicago -- rising from the ashes of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire into one of the world's largest cities and greatest collections of modern architecture.
Among the architects represented in Chicago (according to the city's website) are: Solon S. Beman, Daniel Burnham, Holabird & Roche/Root, George W. Maher, Schmidt, Garden & Martin, Mies van der Rohe, William Boyington, Walter Burley Griffin, William Le Baron Jenney, Pond & Pond, Louis H. Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gehry (under construction), Ando etc. There are personalized tours to view the Chicago Landmarks they designed.
I took this picture from the 94th floor observatory deck of the John Hancock tower facing south. The two dark triangular elements arising from the edge on the left just below the sky are inlets of Lake Michigan. The two tallest structures in the picture are the AON building (left) and the Sears tower (right).
On a clear day, you can see Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana from the 94th floor of the Hancock Tower.
Tech: picture taken with the night setting of the camera. I still don't have a tripod so I rested the camera on a ledge. Autolevels in Photoshop. BTW, I was inspired to work on my night photography after seening aalarcon's Charlotte's Downtown photo. Thanks, Agustin!
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nwoehnl (122) 2003-12-06 4:15
This is beautiful, Ken. I can never see enough of those "skylines by night" shots, and if it's Chicago, it is definitely an added treat.
Also, it's a nice addition to my "Sears Tower" theme (which already has a few of your other pictures in it). Well done!
Rockyboy (20598) 2003-12-06 4:17
What an impressive shot! All those light nearly abstracted art. The only thing I know well in Chicago is the airport where I spent 6 hours because all flights were delayed due to a storm. Nice shot!
Clochette (8076) 2003-12-06 4:34
A beautiful night shot, Ken. It is impressive, as lights are visible until the horizon line, it seems that the city will never end.
mtolloczko (201) 2003-12-06 5:21
A wonderful result! The perspective that the lines of light provide is most effective to provide one with a feeling of infinity, which is enhanced by the tapering of highscrapers.
jrj (34843) 2003-12-06 5:34
A very good night shot with a great perspective. Well done.
Edwin (188) 2003-12-06 5:51
Very appealing sky line photograph Ken. A really good capture. Excellent work and thanks for sharing this very informative note as well. I didn't know Mies van der Rohe architecture is represented in Chicago. He is the same architect who designed the Barcelona Chair, one of my favourite seat designs.
maciekda (19895) 2003-12-06 8:25
it is a great view, you have nice buildings there, almost like we have in Hong Kong ;-) the view is very well captured, very sharp, plenty of details, not tilted. However I'd try to use higher aperture, to avoid purple fringing around lights... great urban night shot
manny (21833) 2003-12-06 9:43
Very beautiful Ken. I was in Chicago a few yewars back but I have never seen Chicago from this perspective. Amazing light! Your composition is very overwhelming yet decipherable. Very good shot!
Georges (11185) 2003-12-06 13:15
Un très beau point de vue. Les couleurs sont splendides et cette ville scintille de milles éclats. Vous avez su prendre un excellent cliché de nuit bravo.
CoolDan (2516) 2003-12-06 14:38
Très impressionnante photo, pleine de lummière. J'aime beaucoup la couleur de l'horizon. Félicitations.
timmiles (0) 2003-12-06 17:48
Fantastic colours and detail. I love the buildings in the foreground and the converging perspective of the flatter background. Magic. Perhaps it could be tilted slightly to level out the horizon?
Eagle78 (1933) 2003-12-14 10:33
Wow...as i never tried to do something like this i feel always amazed with some "city lights" shots...and this one is really, really great!
tdanny (663) 2003-12-20 23:54
Incredible isn't ? Just endless city of lights. Nice frame work, the clouds and horizon. Good notes.
Isabelle (9046) 2004-01-07 19:29
impressive. i am speechless :D
jrenier (762) 2004-03-12 13:35
SoupDragon (652) 2004-11-19 9:05
Truly amazing picture. The lines converging on the horizon, the separation of the buildings in the foreground. The thousands of points of light.... when could you tire of looking at this?
rajhema (1873) 2005-06-13 15:29
glittering. wonderful picture
muriel (69) 2006-06-28 16:07
this photo...light shining. I like it a lot.
wishlist (4133) 2007-02-12 4:56
superb night shot! I don't know what to say..it's just perfect..
- Copyright: Ken Ilio (flip89) (3410)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-12-05
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-730UZ
- Exposure: f/2.8, 4 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sears Tower, Chicago, Les villes la nuit, Concrete Jungle, Chicago Photos [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-12-06 4:07
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