The Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting Moments looks at street photography with a photography in black and white. My take on it is Street Home Chicago. Fleeting moments on the street in a city follow the pace of the city’s streets.
Black and white photography offers a different effect than color of the same shot. The gallery at the bottom of the posts has the same photos in black and white and color. Let me know which ones you like the best. Your comments provide me with new ideas when I’m photographing.
It was a hazy, overcast humid summer day with tall buildings and concrete trapping the heat in the city. I blogged about the architecture along Michigan Avenue, the Mag Mile, and north of the Loop in a previous post. This time I walked over to the south Loop. In Chicago’s south Loop its a lively pace and heat did not slow down the pace.
The financial district is located in the south Loop of Chicago. It is action-oriented with a focus on money-making in the Mercantile Exchange, Stock Exchange, Chicago Board of Options and hedge funds business throughout the district. At lunch time the restaurants and diners fill up with stock brokers, insurance and finance people all talking about the rollercoaster ride on the market that morning.
Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, is 110 stories or 1, 450 feet steel and glass structure scraping through the clouds to claim its space on the Chicago skyline. It’s a head-bending view from the street to look up at. The clouds block the view from the street.
Take an ear-popping elevator ride up 103 stories to the Skydeck to go to the top of the tower. A panaromic view of Chicago, Lake Michigan and the city beaches spreads out before you stretching for miles.
Walk over to the Chicago river to get a break from the heat. The river bridges go up and down as the boat traffic courses underneath it. The river is a conduit to Lake Michigan serving pleasure craft, commuter and commerce boats.
City workers in the bridge towers man the controls to raise and lower the bridges. The solid towers are built of limestone to withstand time and harsh Chicago weathers. Walkways and outdoor patios line the river with benches to rest on and cafes to eat at. There are river views to enjoy all along the river to the lake.