Chicago Commuters

Phone Envy
Phone Envy by I Nancy, on Flickr

There is nothing like photography to uplift my spirit and clear my mind. I took a series of images in this Chicago commuter train during my vacation this summer. Earlier, I published an entry called Study, were I was able to isolate one person on the train, deep in thought, as a nice portrait. The colors and lighting of the train were really conducive to my image making.

For Phone Envy, I worked the man in the dark jacket and glasses for all during the trip. Earlier he was alone in the seats below, using his own phone. The he was joined by a couple more passengers. I thought the image I achieved when these two passengers both texting would be my best. Then this appeared as the front man glanced over his shoulder. I have no idea what caught his attention to turn around like this, but it was just the moment I needed.

In The Girls, below, I watched these three women enter the train. I like the framing I could achieve with the metal work around them. They talked for a while and then began to catch up on their own business.

The Girls
The Girls by I Nancy, on Flickr

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Study

Study
Study by I Nancy, on Flickr

Riding on the commuter train in Chicago provided me with so many photo opportunities that I could hardly put the camera down. Of course my hubby’s son thought that I was nuts, being that he rides it every day. When I entered the train I immediately began a process of mental notes. What did it feel like, what did I see?

This car was a double-decker with everything tinged in faded 1970’s kodachrome orange, yellow, and cyan. The upper deck provided views down and across filled with metal bars and orange seat patterns. As the train began to fill my opportunities evolved from simply lines and patterns to incorporating people, first a few and then more as we got nearer to downtown. The patina on the stainless rails provided diffuse reflections of the yellow light and cyan tinged windows. The vision I was forming was to look for interesting views to maximize the framing effects of the bars, the diagonals of the seats below, or the perspective looking down the car. When I peer across the train and spotted this young man studying so intently I began my exploration of the framing I would create. I worked both on the framing and waiting for the right pose and look.

The result here is based on with the strong framing, slight tilt of the papers and lighting hitting his hair and folds of his shirt. The color harmony of yellows and cyans are seen both in the windows and walls as well as reflected in the bars. I dodged down the lettering on his bag – the the facing seat) and brought up the lighting on his face a touch.

Taken with the Olympus E-PL2 and Lumix 20mm pancake lens.

Chicago Board of Trade

Chicago Board of Trade
Chicago Board of Trade by I Nancy, on Flickr

Although the weather in Chicago on Wednesday was up in the 90’s we arrived to beautiful weather just behind a cold front on Thursday, by Friday it was down right cold and gray. This was a family trip and I knew photography was relegated to whatever I could catch while traveling to something else. I packed light with only the Olympus E-PL2 at its accompanying 20mm and 14-42mm lenses.

This image was taken on the way to Millennium Park. We started way out in the Naperville suburbs, traveled by train into the city, and walked from there. The statue on the top of this building is 3-stories tall and represents Ceres, the goddess of agriculture and grain. I would have loved to walk down this street and get some closeups but we were on our way to a destination. Funny though, I was enjoying the journey.