Gary Butler  

Wabash and Adams El Station by Gary Butler

October 2019 - Wabash and Adams El Station

About the Image(s)

This is a single image taken 90-120 minutes after sunset from the walkover at the Adams and Wabash Station in Chicago. It was shot hand held (tripods are not allowed on the walkover) at ISO 800, 16mm focal length, f/7.1 at 1/6 second.

The image was processed only in LR with primarily the usual "Basic" adjustments. I also used Dehaze and Lens Profile Correction.

9 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Wow! 1/6 second. Were you able to brace the camera against something stable? This is a very effective composition with all its receding lines.
You said "basic" adjustments? No perspective adjustment?
This also looks like a good b/w shot.   Posted: 10/01/2019 22:24:59
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Gary Butler   Gary Butler
You are correct - I forgot that one. Yes I did use Vertical Perspective adjustment on this.   Posted: 10/02/2019 05:19:42

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
I like the vertical perspective. Very clean lines. I agree that this a terrific B & W image.   Posted: 10/08/2019 09:47:26

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
I think this is a beautiful image. I love the perspective, it leads my eye right into the photo. I really like the colors, I think that the perspective and the colors give the image a futuristic feel.   Posted: 10/12/2019 09:51:46

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Did you "clean off" people waiting at the station or just lucky? I like everything about it tho the L train itself is blurred, okay if you wanted to show motion. I would have have shot at 1200+ ISO to freeze it, but that's a personal preference. Only other thing is the noise in the sky but everything else is quite nice and sharp. Nicely done.   Posted: 10/12/2019 14:05:43
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Neither cleaned off or lucky? These stations have very little people traffic at 11:30 PM. Choose that time for that reason. And you are correct about the ISO. My sister was with me. She shot at 1600 and her's is sharp.   Posted: 10/12/2019 14:29:05

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, you should be a marksman. You have steady nerves. I have rarely seen an image this sharp handheld at 1/6th. The rails and track provide strong leading lines and the approaching train moves the image towards the viewer. I like the image as lighted by the City's sodium vapor lights. You did not share an original. As Trey asked, did you have to remove people or other visual distractions?   Posted: 10/12/2019 22:07:05
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Charles, see my note to Trey. This was shot at 11:30 PM so there was very little people traffic in the station. Didn't have to remove anything. I was braced both horizontally and vertically by the structure of the overpass. Original would only (noticeably) show the uncorrected perspective.   Posted: 10/13/2019 06:04:47

Sumit Basu   Sumit Basu
Beautiful picture and considering its a handheld ,hats off to you.I like the colors and perfect vertical lines.   Posted: 10/13/2019 00:25:04


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