It is not every day, nor every year, that Chicago experiences 70-degree weather in November. We flew in from Florida on Saturday night and drove right back out on Sunday to Chicago to capture some magical shots. The city was packed with people the whole day and even late into the night. We always enjoy the city (except the expensive parking) and this day did not disappoint one bit. Our gear consisted of a couple different lenses and of course our drone for aerial images. However, we decided to make it a one-lens photo day. We love our super-wide fish-eye lens and decided to have some fun with it.
We didn’t bring our tripod because we knew the city doesn’t allow tripods in public places and parks but luckily we brought out little gorilla-pod which we were able to set up almost anywhere for long exposure shots. Of course, it gets late pretty early in November so by 4:40pm the sun had already set and it was dark. We took some amazing shots going to the city as well as once we got to downtown. Millennium Park was excluded from this gallery as we’ve photographed it a million times by now and wanted to focus on other parts and angles of the city.
One of our favorite places to photograph, especially with a wide lens, is the Buckingham Fountain. Unfortunately, it was turned off and we didn’t get the beauty of the water and the lights in our shots. Nonetheless, the downtown skyline still looked amazing and we took some shots down there. Though the fountain may have been turned off, we had a magical moment when we saw a shooting star right above us as we were taking a long exposure photo. We think that makes up for the lack of the fountain.
Of course, to fully experience Chicago you also have to go up and down the Magnificent Mile on the city’s Michigan Avenue. If you have time, you have to enjoy the beautiful river walk, but better wear some comfortable walking shoes. We didn’t even know but one of the bridges was raised and we were able to capture an amazing shot of the Chicago River with the bridge and the Trump Tower right in front of us.
Obviously, we had to make our way up north as well to capture Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Sorry White Sox, but it just hasn’t been the same since the name change. After spending all day in the windy city we built up quite the appetite and grabbed a bite a one of those small hole-in-the-wall type of places, and goodness was it delicious! As always, we had a blast in Chicago and hope to come back for another photo shoot day. Make sure to check out the rest of the images and book us for your photography needs.