Today’s featured photo of the day! The feature is: Architecture – The Buildings of Chicago, Illinois

The summer months have REALLY shined continuing to honor the brighter side of life this year! This is a wrap on Part 3 of my special featured photos of the architecture and the buildings of the City of Chicago, Illinois. In the final post of this segment, today’s featured photo presentation is of a panorama of Chicago’s skyline from out on the peninsula near the Adler Planetarium, aimed over Lake Michigan seeing all the buildings stand right in a row. What a way to wind up featuring fine photos of great architecture–with this really outstanding panorama. The panorama was shot on a tripod with each section taken with the camera sideways to take the photos in portrait mode–panning left to right capturing the beauty in six snapshots starting from the Adler Planetarium over to Lake Michigan northeast of Navy Pier–with all the beautiful setting of floating boats to Downtown Chicago’s buildings and complete structure in between, then stacked and mounted on a matte. Architecture as elegant as the whole City of Chicago’s unique skyline make it a truly enchanting city–nothing compares to this great example of beauty. A lot of history here, as you can see a lot of missing buildings by comparison to today’s photos. The City of Chicago shines brightly to this day, and an early 1980’s shot like this brings back the history of a truly great city, completely making the great city of Chicago it’s very own. . .and a great place to spend a great summer afternoon taking a set of photos so truly endearing! Date – July 1981.

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Panoramic set of photos were taken with a tripod mounted Nikon EM-through a Nikon 26 mm lens, filter=Polarizer, Aperture=16 f/stop, shutter-speed 1/125th second, loaded with Ilford FP-4 Black & White 135 Negative Film ISO (ASA) 125 (fine grain) processed with D-76 Processing Chemicals, and a fiber paper print using the Kodak Professional “warm-tone” enlargement paper developed with Kodak Dektol chemicals onto six 3½x5″ matte-gloss prints, stacked horizontally and rubber cemented onto a matte. The camera was turned the proper degrees to obtain a superior overlap on each individual photo. Date – July 1981.

TIP: Use of a  bulb to control the shutter on the tripod makes it much easier to see the change in degrees for each shot as you turn the angle for each shot. When overlapping your shots in a panorama taken in this style, you really need to make sure that not one iota of view is missing from your exposures before you find out that you have to take the whole panorama again because of occlusion. You would not be able to have an acceptable panorama with missing parts.  Usual other use of a bulb is to take still night shots or where you need to leave the shutter open for anything less than 1/30th of a second. They also come in handy for the panorama. Happy snapping!

Another fine Architectural photograph will follow very soon – I will keep you posted when Part 4: The Skies of Chicago, Illinois is due to start. A montage of the Part 3 segment will follow! Thank you for your loyal following. Another theme due to start very soon!


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