Street Light (143/365)

by Lee Santiva May. 23, 2019 284 views

Street lights of Chicago by night and day.

Street lights on Garland Court, downtown Chicago, USA

Street lights on Garland Court, downtown Chicago, USA

Photo #1 and 2 intend to give the feeling of Chicago in the days of Al Capone about 100 years ago as gangsters ruled the city. I'm glad my husband was with me as I took a series of pictures of this dark alley.

Does the threatening, slightly scary feeling come across to you?

Street lights on Garland Court, downtown Chicago, USA

Street lights on Garland Court, downtown Chicago, USA

I edited photo #2 so it wasn't quite so dark. It is a different perspective from the other side of the street, looking down. Which photo do you like better?

Garland Court, Chicago by day

Garland Court, Chicago by day

The high-intensity discharge lamps use a gas called mercury vapor for illumination which gives them their orange color.

Dragon-headed street lights on Dearborn Street, downtown Chicago

Dragon-headed street lights on Dearborn Street, downtown Chicago

Photo #4 shows the street lights which were specially designed to accentuate the Asian theme of the upscale restaurant and nightclub "Tao" . These are truly unique they are the only two street lights like it in the city.

Dragon-headed street light in monochrome

Dragon-headed street light in monochrome

I edited photo #4 so the detail of the street light would stand out and the details of the building would be less prominent. I'm slowly learning how to "burn" and "dodge" in the digital darkroom, which is called lightroom nowadays.

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Heike 1 year, 11 months ago

Great photos, especially #1 + #2! I prefer #1, it has this - what I call- 'Film Noir-Touch' ! The light is softer than in #2 and I like the extraction more, but nevertheless #2 is also nice!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Heike 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you Heike! That's exactly what I was trying to achieve. When I read "street lights" in the challenge I had photos 1&2 in mind, but I didn't find the location until we were in Chicago

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