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

Macro Madness: Black and White

I knew some of these images were going to be in black and white when I took them.  I think it sometimes brings out textures or features that would otherwise be missed in color.  There is a tonality to black and white that color lacks if that makes sense.  Some of these images were shot on a manual focus Minolta 50mm 3.5 macro lens that I totally forgot I owned.  It doesn’t go to 1:1 like the Olympus 60mm but it does a decent job I think.

Macro Madness: Black and White

 

Macro Madness: Black and White

 

Macro Madness: Black and White

 

Macro Madness: Black and White