Starting this year off, I was pretty uninspired towards photography. It didn’t help that our temperatures were miserably low and I didn’t even want to leave the house — let along go take pictures. That feeling of “meh” even carried over to Peru when I spent nearly a week at Machu Picchu but took very few pictures.
Now that the weather has warmed up I’ve been trying to get out as much as I can. The city of Chicago is fun to explore and, contrary to what one may find on Instagram, there are always new places to shoot.
I think finding those new and different places has been helping me to enjoy shooting again. So far this year I’ve gone out a number of times to shoot, but haven’t repeated anywhere. As many times the skyline has been captured from The Planetarium, it has lost its luster for me. That’s nobody’s fault but mine, so it was time to kick it up a little bit.
Last weekend I parked on the near-West side and walked along the river. As many times as I’ve photographed the Kinzie Street Bridge, it was nice to see it from a slightly different perspective.
As I was playing around with settings seeing what I liked best with the lighting, I found five seconds was the best exposure time for what I was looking for. However, such a long exposure meant whatever boats were passing along the river looked like a tremendous blur of nothing. Then along comes the tour boat above and it stopped halfway down the river, turned around, and headed back towards The Loop. In doing so it came to a near-complete stop, which let me take the picture I wanted without having to change any settings and gave me exactly the picture I was looking for.
Thanks random boat captain; you completely made my night!