February 6, 2011

The blizzard of 2011

I had every intention of heading out into the thick of things to shoot the worst of part of the 22 inch snowfall but I couldn't even get out of Union Station Tuesday night when the snowfall started.  I had my Widelux with me...ok...it's actually the more affordable Russian knockoff called the Horizon Perfekt.  Not the coveted Widelux F8 that Jeff Bridges had made famous again, but for a third of the price the Perfekt is a great option if you are interested in a 35mm swing lens pano camera.  I also shoot with an XPan, which is fantastically sharp but lacks the unique character a moving or pivoting lens can create.   

After taking an incident meter reading in the melee at the bottom of the steps I was ready to quickly spin around and take a shot of all the madness.  The lens takes about two and half seconds to makes it rotation, a little more then halfway thought the exposure I started getting yelled at for slowing everything down.  I'm not positive but I think the blurry woman on the bottom left of the frame (in front of the smiling guy) was the 'yeller' but I'm not positive.  I hope she got home OK.  I finally did!
Since moving to Chicago I've wanted to get the quintessential parking lot glacier shot that is synonymous with the wintertime in the Windy City.  I haven’t quite got the shot yet but I’m getting closer.  These smaller snow mounds were shot two days after the big snow.

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