When Chicago woke this past Monday morning, snow covered the car tops. It quickly dissipated, but for much of the week, the weather was cold and gray. So far, April is the fourth coldest month on record. Today, the sky was blue and the temperature was in the low fifties, so no surprise: People left work early. The winter coats may already be at the cleaners, but shirtsleeves would have been pushing it. This gentlemen opted for a hoodie, with some hipster Vans-type foot apparel. I gave that look some thought when I left the house, but opted for an autumn coat. His knit hat is a nice touch. Maybe he is a corporate lawyer in disguise, a tourist, or a slacker. Who knows? More importantly, does it matter on Friday afternoon? Nevertheless, our momentary friend sure does know how to stand and hold his sunglasses hipster style.
And look where he is standing. I assume the people who designed the bridges spanning the Chicago River took the afternoon sun into account when they contemplated the railings. The shadow pattern on the deck is so Midwestern. Put some colored glass in it, and you've got a Frank Lloyd Wright skylight or window.
And look further back. You've got one of the thousands of people walking around who don't even notice the lovely light and deep afternoon shadow patterns. He's looking at his screen. A fool walking down the street.
One thing is for sure. A steak salad at Smith & Wollensky's would have tasted pretty good right about then.
Dog, Men, and Women
Sparkle on the Mart
Photographer's Note. If I read the scene on the bridge correctly, someone associated with this guy was standing just to the left of the image frame, on Smith & Wollensky's terrace with what appeared to be a small point and shoot camera. The flash was up. Why don't people realize that flash does no good at that distance.
This photograph was processed in Nik Silver Efex 2 with no presets being applied? The tones came out very nicely.