Gary Butler  

Uptown Reflection by Gary Butler

April 2021 - Uptown Reflection

About the Image(s)

Two years ago I spent several days in Chicago shooting architecture. This image was taken from the top of a parking garage on the north side. I simply focused on the building next door and waiting for one of the 'EL' trains to come by.

The image was taken with a Canon 5D Mark IV. The settings were ISO 2500, 105mm focal length, at f/11 and 1/125 sec. I did some basic adjustments in LR including some cropping, Clarity, Saturation, contrast and opening up some shadows. I placed the image into Topaz Studio 2 and used AI Clear.

4 comments posted

Rich James
Gary, really enjoyed exploring this image. So much to see! The windows with green trim drew me into the photo and seeing the reflection of the L and its tracks made it. What's really cool is trying to also see what's behind the windows. Even at the high ISO it looks sharp. Don't think I'd change a thing in this one. Nice job.   Posted: 04/06/2021 14:56:17

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I really like urban scapes and architectural lines - maybe because I so seldom get to cities. The strong foreground thick light green stripes anchor the foreground and the DOF with the buildings is nice and the train snakes the viewer's eye into the depth of the scene. I think the top 1 1/2 floors could be sacrificed to bring more attention to the train (see attached). I also think the shaded violet area at left detracts because of its weight and tips the image balance in that direction. The sharpness is right on. Nice find and capture!   Posted: 04/10/2021 17:44:49
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Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Gary, I like the image taking from the reflection of glass wall. Each small frames of images has different directions, it looks very abstractive. Each side of the image has different colors and very matched. The light condition when you took this image is perfect. The sharpness is good. Could ISO be lowering down to get to more sharpness?. Nice photo. Thanks, best regards   Posted: 04/14/2021 22:21:44

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, you see beauty in city environments that oblivious citizens walk by every day. Reflections are provocative, but you added the train to animate image and conjure a story. The mixture of colors and the contrasting directions of architectural lines are a feast for the eyes.   Posted: 04/20/2021 22:24:37


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