The Chicago Lakefront Trail runs for 18.5 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan through a series of neighborhoods, connecting the city's beaches with its parks and museums. It also has baseball diamonds, tennis and volleyball courts, and soccer pitches as well as the walking and cycling track.
Chicago – Photo Tip

As a photographer, get creative with seasonal changes

Photo by Ed Graham

Chicago – Photo Tip As a photographer, get creative with seasonal changes

Chicago changes vastly through the months, allowing photographic opportunities to present themselves in unexpected ways.

Ed Graham
Ed Graham

Having spent my childhood in the continually warm climate of Southern California, I have always been fascinated with the seasons in my new home town: Chicago. Summer light is direct, warm, and beautiful. Winter reveals the city in a different way - the sun remains low on the horizon through the day, and the dull, low angle light gives a unique look at what would otherwise be familiar.

Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines in the world; in my opinion it is rivaled only by that of Hong Kong and Shanghai. My favourite place to view the Chicago skyline is from the Chess Pavilion adjacent to North Blvd.

I love to photograph from this spot because the scene is vastly different depending on the season and time of day. Shooting in summer on a humid morning, the pre-sunrise light bathes the sky in a vibrant pastel pink. The lakefront trail is alive, and bikers and runners continually pass by.

Winter changes things; the people are few and the light is cold and harsh. The colors are deeper, with blue and yellow hues coming out strongly. Shooting through the seasons provides continued opportunity to photograph Chicago in new ways.

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wintertime

The Lakefront Trail becomes less usable during the winter months, with cold winds adding to the hazards of ice underfoot. Despite Chicago's frigid winters, Lake Michigan rarely freezes over. Photo by Ed Graham

Ed Graham

Ed Graham

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

Aperture
ƒ/10
Exposure
1/100
ISO
100
Focal
17 mm

The Lakefront Trail becomes less usable during the winter months, with cold winds adding to the hazards of ice underfoot. Despite Chicago's frigid winters, Lake Michigan rarely freezes over.

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