Stone Container Building
Yep, that's my dentist's office on the far lefthand side of the photograph. I am standing in Maggie Daley Park looking westward at twilight. I originally has another location in mind tonight, but the purple skies to the south drew toward the park. Not my favorite photograph. A little too much light pollution for my taste.
I've learned an important lesson as I have continued on my search for twilight. While it is true that there is color in the sky after most people perceive the sky as colorless, the longer exposures needed to capture that color pose a problem in the city. The lights in the buildings and the poles become too hot. There is another problem that people don't perceive as they walk around the city. There are way too many lights and poles that pollute the city skyline. City planners should learn how to make artificial lighting less intrusive. Stand in Maggie Daley Park, and then try to photograph the new wing of the Art Institute. I will be back attempting to do that, but the light poles make doing so very difficult. I will have to find the right vantage point.
For those who loved the 1987 film, Adventures in Babysitting, here is the true culprit in that film: The Stone Container building. Sara and Brad's parents were at a swanky party in this building, when the bad guys chased Sara to the top of the building. To escape, Sara decides to climb out on a window ledge. For those of us with a profound fear of heights, this was a truly terrifying scene.
The movie was obviously styled as a "John Hughes" Eighties teen movies, but this one was directed by Chris Columbus. As "dopey" as all those movies might seem, when they pop up on HBO or some other movie channel at 11PM, their charm always draws me in. Clearly this one had a little hipness to it. You gotta love any movie aimed at 13-year olds that has a performance by Albert Collins in it.