The last few times I’ve gone out to take pictures in the evening it has been clear skies. Earlier this week when I went out the skies were filled with clouds and I mis-judged how quickly it would get dark. I found myself scrambling to get to where I wanted to be.
By and large, when I go out to shoot the city of Chicago, I think about weather, timing and what I’m looking for. Instead of being someone who shoots all over and comes home with a handful of shots, I like to focus on one thing and capture it as best I can. On Monday night, that one thing was looking down the Chicago River at Trump Tower.
As has been the case for the last few weeks, sunset was scheduled for 8:30PM. Normally the skies are dark enough for what I’m looking for about 8:45PM. With the heavy cloud cover, that time was about 8:31PM. Since I left the house later than I wanted and was going to a more difficult place get to, I was nearly sprinting to reach the Lakeshore Drive bridge.
I did get the picture I wanted, but think the river is missing something. I’d be nice to have a big tour boat filling the foreground, so I’ll try my picture again in a few days. This time, however, I’ll be much earlier to the location.