Industrial Noir

Something a bit different than my normal landscape stuff I have been shooting. It’s a wee bit darker and not just because it’s in monochrome.

The first two images are the second level of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. I liked how the light played off the steel beams and the rivets. Both images show what’s on the other side. It gives the perception of claustrophobia with all these steel around you but you can see an open space in the distance.

The final image is of the street on the Chicago River level. There is a whole warren of streets that are “under” Chicago. I didn’t really grasp this until I was in an Uber and the guy was weaving through to get me back to the hotel and I realized that one of the streets we were on was the one in the third photograph.

Editing wise these are fairly basic. I did the black and white conversion in Lightroom. To keep the look consistent I just used the same settings for all three images. Once I had that I just put in a tone curve adjustment to make the images darker than they really were. Then it was a lot of dodging and burning to get the local adjustments done. I didn’t want everything going straight to black. So I would dodge to bring out details that were lost on the tone curve.

Don’t worry. Happy landscape stuff returns tomorrow.

Enjoy.

Michigan Ave Bridge

Steel Beams of Michigan Ave. Bridge

Roads under Chicago

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  1. I like your photos of the bridges and roads. The iron work is almost artistic in the first two photos. I know art wasn’t even a thought in their minds when the construction was in progress but the metal structure design is nice. I am sure no one notices as they drive. It is through the photographer’s eyes we see beyond necessity. Very nice.