Reflections of a City

12-12-12 12:12

Today is 12-12-12, the last major numerical date using the Gregorian or Christian calendar for almost another century. The next time three numbers will align as they did in 2009, 2010, 2011, occurred on 9-9-09, 10-10-10 and 11-11-11 will be on January 1, 3001, or 1-1-1. This type of repeating-number will be the last of it's type for the century, and some think it may hold a bit of magic. The Ancient Mayan calendar speaks of 12-12-2012 as the end of times as we know it. I think it a nice tie-in for posting this on 12-12-12 at precisely 12:12 and great time to take a look at reflective photography.

Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. I have compiled some of my recent photographs of Chicago, focusing on "Reflection".

Chicago is home to some of the largest buildings in the world, along with a few of the tallest. Many of these buildings are built from steel and reflective glass. With a few additional elements, whether it be day or night, bright skies or fog, all of these amazing creations can make a photographers dream backdrop.

I find myself drawn to reflective images over and over, similar to a small child with a new sparkle toy. I recall years ago when I worked downtown, Chicago did not seem to be as nice and appealing to me as it does today. I never took the time to stop and noticed as I do today, all of the beauty Chicago has to offer. Back then maybe Chicago was not as nice, clean and shinny, but it sure is today.

I love our city and very proud to be able to show it off in a few images featuring mirrors, puddles, glass and bodies of water. Toss in a few clouds, shadows and these reflections can give a off a very special look.

Time of day can play a major factor in capturing reflective images. Try standing in one spot for say 2 minutes taking in all of the surroundings. Come back to that same spot and do the same thing 10 or 12 hours later, differences can be amazing. Especially on a bright day with some nice white clouds and light shadows. Add different angles of the same view and great images may be found.

Here are some images of one of the most gorgeous city's in the world shot before 12-12-12 and one shot today 12-12-12 at 12:12 pm.

After post note:

I worked on this off and on for over a week, then I decided this morning it is what it is and was going to post it. I then noticed it was 12-12-12 so I held off and scheduled the post for release at 12:12 pm. This was the same time I was downtown taking the final reflective shot to go with it. It is the shot of the Wrigley Building reflecting in large windows on Michigan ave. I shot the picture precisely at 12:12 pm and then uploaded to the piece that had just posted. It was a pretty cool day and that's the story behind the story. :)


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  • Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures of Chicago! It will always be the Sears Tower to me too. :) I moved away in 2007, but Chicago will always be my hometown - I miss the wonderful architecture and gorgeous skyline.

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