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Trump Tower from Adams/Wabash, Chicago USA

The CTA train station Adams/Wabash at the Loop offers a great and unique view to the beautiful Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. The best time for photography is probably the blue hour, because you get this amazing contrast between the blue sky and the orange/yellow colored buildings.
This spot is also pretty often used for time lapse photography, as there are many trains passing by.
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You have to enter the CTA station at Adams/Wabash to get to this spot, which is a bridge over the rails.
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05:21 20:14
14:19
41°52'47.3448" N 87°37'33.992" W

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Spot comments (13)

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charly laurencier
charly laurencier 04.01.2019
Hi, I can't find a way to have metadatas on the website, is it possible to have them please ? Thank's ! And Really nice work dude !
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 04.01.2019
Hey Charly, currently we don't have the feature to show EXIF data, but it's planned for the future. My shot was taken at 17mm on a Canon 7D at f13, ISO100 with 17 sec exposure time. Hope that helps.
charly laurencier
charly laurencier 04.01.2019
Thank's for your answer ! And yes, for this kind of website, it will be a nice feature to get exif. Do you have any ETA for this feature ? (weeks/month ?)
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 04.01.2019
Not yet, currently the app for Android and iOS is the highest priority and as soon as this one is live I guess the EXIF feature will be pretty high up on the todo list.
Bobby Uzdavines
Bobby Uzdavines 31.08.2018
I plan on traveling light. Will a GorillaPod be okay at this spot for a long exposure?
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 02.09.2018
Oh, that might be tricky. I can't remember if the bridge was shaky or not, but you definitely can try. I mean if the bridge itself is shaking, you will have the same issue with any other tripod. The only advice I can give is, that you should do the exposure when the train is coming or has passed already, which is what you might want to have in your shot anyway, but this reduces the shake quite a lot. Good luck and have a great time in one of my favorite cities around the world!
Bobby Uzdavines
Bobby Uzdavines 12.09.2018
Ok thanks! Any suggestions on spots outside of the popular ones?
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 13.09.2018
In my opinion Chicago is one of the most photogenic cities in the world. I traveled to quite a lot of cities around the world, but Chicago was definitely the one that offered the most beautiful and unique views. Just have a look at the Chicago location and see what might fit to your style of photography.
Francesco Scacchetti
Francesco Scacchetti 12.07.2018
The pics I like to look at
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 13.07.2018
That's nice to hear, thank you dear Francesco!
Abhay Bapat
Abhay Bapat 10.10.2015
Manuel, I have posted an exact same shot of Adams/Wabash, check it out. I did get hassled by the CTA staff and hence have to leave before I could take a few more. Thanks for your input on ligthroom/photoshop. Will keep that in mind. I would like to know your thoughts on my shot. Thanks Abhay
Abhay Bapat
Abhay Bapat 04.10.2015
Great shot Manuel. I live in the city of Chicago. Will visit this spot tomorrow during the blue hour. Thanks for posting. 2 questions. 1. Do the CTA(train personnel) allow you to use tripods? They were crabby, when I used it at the Ashland bridge a month ago. 2. Dodge and burn? Is that a lightroom feature.
Manuel Becker
Manuel Becker 04.10.2015
Hey Abhay, thank you very much! To be honest I didn't even know that this couldn't be allowed to use a tripod there. But it makes sense, so I would suggest you to use it and be fast. Or be there during the summer when the blue hour is pretty late and there are less people around, which should make it even easier to use a tripod. I had used it at Ashland and here and didn't have any problems, but that could just have been luck I guess. Dodge & Burn is a technique and not a special feature of any application. You can also do it in Adobe Lightroom, but it's much easier and better in my opinion in pixeloriented apps like Photoshop. It's just important to understand that you can direct the eyes of the viewer by making somehing lighter or darkening things that shouldn't get so much intention. In this way you can also create more dimension like I did with the Trump Tower in the background where I lightened up the front that already got more light and darkened the right part, that was already a little bit darker. You can often change the lighting situation entirely, but I am just emphasizing the light/the shadows that were already there to get more depth. Hope that helps you. Otherwise feel free to ask again! Wish you good luck with your shot and we will add a feature very soon where you can easily add your photo to this existing spot if you want to.

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Thank you Manuel Becker for creating this photo spot and Antoni Figueras, simone gramegna, Jille Borg, yoann fleurance for improving it with additional photos or content.
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