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Counter Weights on Chicago Bridge by Jen Carrick

August 2019 - Counter Weights on Chicago Bridge

About the Image(s)

This was taken on a recent boat trip in Chicago. I was interested to learn this was painted but the weight of the paint disturbed the delicate mechanism, so had to be removed.

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7 comments posted

Adrian Binney   Adrian Binney
Jen, Hello!

I like your image here - it's very interesting!

The image attached here has been flipped (nothing else) and ask whether this improves it. I think it is easier to read so one starts bottom left and sort of ends with the weights, rather than going straight to them

I'm very new to B&W, so again I may be 'wrong', but I question whether the whole of the structural parts are too contrasty, with very little grey. Do you think the mass of the structure would be less dominating if there was less black, more grey?

Just suggestions!   Posted: 08/06/2019 11:53:41
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Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I like the flip Adrian. It does lead my eye to the counter weights which are the main focus of the image. Good suggestion!   Posted: 08/07/2019 14:54:22

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
The tones are fine. Most of the structure appear to me to be in zones 4-6 There are many pictures here. For example the area around what seems to be the control house could be separated out. The counter weights with the shadow are another subject. I think the sky is a problem because it seems fairly bright and occupies a lot of area. Perhaps if the darker areas in the sky were darkened a bit more, the photograph could be improved. I think the tree in the foregroundd could be cloned out and wouldn't be missed As is it is very interesting   Posted: 08/06/2019 15:54:36

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I am intrigued by this image and just sat studying it for a few minutes before composing my comments.

Your capture was, as I see it, very good. I agree with Albert about the number of images in this one image. On the other hand, perhaps it is only the engineer in me, I like the overall image as it gives me a greater sense of context. Were you to clone the words out of the top girder, flipping the image might have worked however without that I would not choose to flip it.

The one thing I do find is that all the girders going in different directions leaves my eye wandering around the image. However, then my understanding that this is a delicate structure, in spite of its appearance, balances that fact and I find myself studying it to see how it might have been constructed. Therefore I really like the image as submitted.

The almost completely bald sky would normally be a problem to my eye, but in this case I find that it works as the existence of clouds would compete for my attention. Thus I am fine with there being no clouds.

Thank you so much for sharing with with us Jen.   Posted: 08/06/2019 18:47:39

Don Crow   Don Crow
I like your shot Jen. At first it appeared random and confusing to me but as I studied it a since of order came from it. I like the stark contrast of the dark structure against a white sky which makes it almost abstract.
Great shot   Posted: 08/12/2019 15:14:54

John Erve   John Erve
I am from Chicago so I know of this bridge but have never been so close as you got to it. It is a very interesting object and you were able to give a sense of the complexity of the weight system. There is a lot of detail which I find intriguing although it is hard for me to zero in on a particular spot as the image is equally bright. I am not sure but maybe adding a vignette would help to focus the viewer's attention more in the center of the image?
  Posted: 08/12/2019 16:16:42

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Very nice, Jen. I like the contrasty presentation of it, and prefer it with the bottom 1/4 or so cropped out, so it becomes a bit more abstract.   Posted: 08/13/2019 21:07:44