September 2015

Chicago summer beachfront

Reminiscing over summer as autumn rolls in – here is a delightful view down onto the Chicago beachfront, from the top of the John Hancock Tower.

Chicago Summer Beachfront by Adam Morris on 500px.com

I am quite proud of this photo – it was my most popular photo I ever posted on 500px. It was from the weekend trip during the summer up to Chicago, from the top of the Hancock tower looking down. There is something so refreshing about tromping around all day in a city, such that your legs are aching by the end of the day. I used to live in a city where I had no car, and could walk endlessly. Now that I need a car to get anywhere, I rarely walk. The world feels different when you’re able to get around on your own to feet.

Lakeside sunset

Light is best at sunset.

Lakeside Sunset by Adam Morris on 500px.com

Or at sunrise. Actually, this is a bit past the magical 15 minutes that happens around sunset. There is this moment as the sun is setting, where the contrast between the sky and the horizon is such that you get beautiful deep colors and details in the horizon. But this is not that moment. Here it is past sunset, and the horizon is a silhouette.

Lucent under the Hancock

I don’t think people realize that the Hancock Tower has a lobby, except when exiting the tower. It’s got this funky sculpture call Lucent, which supposedly accurately maps the stars in the northern hemisphere.

Lucent under the Hancock by Adam Morris on 500px.com

I’ll be honest though, I looked from different angles, and I can’t even find the big dipper, so I don’t know if this is a case of the emperor has no clothes, or I don’t spend enough time stargazing.

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