Feb 092011

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Outside our hotel in downtown Chicago, State Street was deserted after the blizzard struck. Brightly lit store windows beckoned to non-existent shoppers, and streetlights illuminated empty roads. Traffic lights signaled to no one in the night.

This was near the elevators down the hall from our room, #502.

Nikon D300; f4.8 @ 1/10sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 46mm (69mm EFL); focus distance 2.24m

Feb 082011

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During Chicago’s recent blizzard, we lost power. With no heat and nighttime temperatures dropping to near zero, we had to evacuate with our cat to a hotel. Built in 1890 by the architect Daniel Burnham, the Reliance Building was a delight to explore with camera in hand.

Nikon D300; f4.8 @ 1/15sec, ISO 3200 (handheld);
18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 18mm (27mm EFL); focus distance 7.94m