The Chicago “L”

I made my first visit to the Windy City back in July. My wife and sons have already spent time here before so this was unchartered territory for me. We were staying with family in one of the suburbs of Chicago and rode the Metra into the city the several days we were there. We navigated the city by either walking or riding the subway which is affectionately knows as the “L”. Riding the “L” opened up a whole new perspective on photography for me. I instantly fell in love with the intricate infrastructure cramped between towering buildings, parking garages and everyday life below. The photographic possibilities are endless and all you need is time.

Prior to my arrival in Chicago I had done absolutely no research on this gem so I was totally in the dark as to the “Prime” locations in which to photograph. The day I made the most of my images started off bright and sunny with weather conditions crumbling like an old building as the day progressed. I believe I have created several images that convey mood, as most of these were grab shots. I particularly like the ones where I was shooting out the front window as we rode the “L”. I shot color slide film but really liked them even more converted to black & white.

The other day I had mentioned to my wife how we need to return so I can spend a good 3-4 days photographing the “L” now that I have done my research.

Cheers!

Waiting at the interlocking of Lake 7 Wells on the Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Lighting conditions were horrid and I was down to 1/60th @ F2.8, but I love the mood of this image. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
Waiting at the interlocking of Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Lighting conditions were horrid and I was down to 1/60th @ F2.8, but I love the mood of this image. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo.
The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo.
The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. You can notice walking ahead is Julie, Michael & Max. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. You can notice walking ahead is Julie, Michael & Max. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

 

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
The Chicago "L" at Lake & Wells July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo. I would later discover that this is one of the most photographed sections due to its intricate design and track work here. I recently bid on a 1982 Kodachrome form this location and lost as it sold for $41.00.
The Chicago “L” at Lake & Wells July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo. I would later discover that this is one of the most photographed sections due to its intricate design and track work here. I recently bid on a 1982 Kodachrome from this location and lost as it sold for $41.00.
Adams & Wabash station Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
Adams & Wabash station Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

 

The Chicago "L" July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo
The Chicago “L” July 15th 2016. Agfa CT Precisa 100 Slide Film, © Joe Geronimo

Here you’ll find a link to an image from Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L”. It was photographed from either a parking garage or rooftop. However it gives you the perspective of its complexity. I love it! https://flic.kr/p/rUyXih

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Photo of the Week:

Killer News  By: Dave Beckerman
Killer News

This weeks “Photo of the Week” comes from Dave Beckerman:

Monday January 16 1995. Cloudy with rain. Yes, it was always a violent world with violent headlines. Especially in New York City.

Photo of the Week:

Steamtown's "Ice Harvest" train accelerates out of Scranton, PA on January 17th 2009.
Steamtown’s “Ice Harvest” train accelerates out of Scranton, PA on January 17th 2009 by Brian Plant.

This week’s “Photo of the Week” comes from Brian Plant of Syracuse, NY. On January 19th 2009 Brian captured the essence of American history as Steamtown’s “Ice Harvest” train accelerates out of Scranton Pennsylvania taking its passengers to Tobyhanna, PA where the Ice Harvest Festival was taking place at Mill Pond #2.

Stop on over to see Brian’s Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/98250884@N06

Photo of the Week: Looking for your submissions

Along the Connecticut River Valley near Wells River, VT on October 2nd 2015. Image © Joe Geronimo
A hint of Autumn along the Connecticut River Valley near Wells River, VT on October 2nd 2015. Image © Joe Geronimo

I’ve been tossing the idea around of doing a “Photo of the Week” right here on Adirondack Joe. I want you my readers and flowers to submit some of your photos for possible publishing right here, how cool is that!

Blurry, low resolution cellphone images just don’t work.

Images for consideration would need to be no smaller than 1024X600, emailed to me at gjoe38@yahoo.com with the subject line “POTW” no later than 9PM on Saturday for publication on Monday. Please include a brief caption about the photo along with your name in order to give proper photo credit. Please note: By submitting your image to Adirondack Joe you are giving me permission to use your photo. A submission also does not guarantee publication. So if your image is not featured right away please keep shooting and submitting.

So I will begin the “Photo of the Week”

Cheers!

Joe

Medium Format

Good morning,

Recently I’ve taken a short trip down memory lane. Going through some of my medium format black and white negatives of our family, in particular of our sons. It is no surprise that these images have stirred up the realization that our children are rapidly growing up or that I myself am growing older. Either way time continues to fly by.

My wife and I had our lives changed on April 7th 1999 when our first son Michael was born. Then life changed again on May 4th 2002 when our second son Max brightened the world and it has been an amazing ride with these two guys since. Michael who is now gracing the halls of our local high school and Max who is rapidly approaching high school only confirms that college is in the near future.

I have many favorite things in life and one of those things are family photos. Big, larger than life photos and that is why I enjoy medium format photography. In our ever changing world of digital photography where the camera you just purchased has now become obsolete there lurks in the dust filled closets of America a beast of a time past. Most medium format cameras were big and bulky and their shutters when pressed make a very loud Cha-Chunk sound making your presence known to all around. I have several medium format cameras in my arsenal.

My go to camera is the Mamiya 645E. This is the SLR of medium format cameras in my opinion. It is easy to use, creates amazing images and has the Cha-Chunk sound that gets you noticed if the camera itself has not. It is big, bulky and I love it. 645 or 6X4.5 CM actual image size is about 56x42mm where traditional 35MM is 24x36mm.

Mamiya 645E
Mamiya 645E

Next in line is my Fuji 645 Rangefinder which has an razor sharp lens on it. the camera is light, packable and for the most part quiet.

Fuji GS645S Pro 60
Fuji GS645S Pro 60

These two are my work horse medium format cameras. Then there is my two toy cameras, literally. First is Film Photography Projects plastic Debonair. Followed by the ever popular Holga 120N. This camera takes some funky pictures and has a cult following. It comes in all sorts of color combinations. And yes I do have the yellow one!

To be honest I very rarely use the two “Toy” cameras for family photos. Actually yesterday was the first time I used the “Debonair” to take a few snap shots of the boys. They were much cuter when they were younger..

No matter what you use (Cell phones do not count) enjoy the moments that you capture because they can never be repeated. For me personally pressing that shutter is gratifying in the sense that I have just frozen a piece of history, our history a story that will be told for generations.

Cheers!

FPP Plastic Debonair 120
FPP Plastic Debonair 120
Holga 120N
Holga 120N
FIlm format size comparisons.
Film format size comparisons.
Summer time fun in the pool. Ilford's HP5, Mamiya 645E.
Summer time fun in the pool. Ilford’s HP5, Mamiya 645E.
Max Weirs Beach, NH. Fuji Provia 100F slide film Mamiya 645E
Max Weirs Beach, NH. Fuji Provia 100F slide film, Mamiya 645E.
Michael Ilford's HP5, Mamiya 645E.
Michael Ilford’s HP5, Mamiya 645E.
Shot with FPP Plastic Debonair 120 on Kodak's Ektar 100.
Shot with FPP Plastic Debonair 120 on Kodak’s Ektar 100.
Max and his cousin. Double exposure on Fuji Reala film, Holga 120N.
Max and his cousin. Double exposure on Fuji Reala film, Holga 120N.