Assignment: Urban Nature
“Search for juxtaposition of natural forms against man-made structures and try to record them with the very best quality. You can work with general views of the environment or in close-up to focus on details that are usually overlooked.”
— from Digital Photography Masterclass by Tom Ang
I have always enjoyed looking at the moon, and as a fine art landscape photographer, I am always looking for ways to create a dramatic photograph with the moon in it. There are some places where you can shoot the moon setting over a mountain. Here in Chicago, tall buildings are our mountains.
So this morning I had a strategy all laid out for getting a shot of the full moon (nature) in the sky next to Chicago’s John Hancock Building (man-made form). Using a great program called The Photographer’s Ephemeris, I had calculated that the best time and place to get this shot would be from Olive Park on Chicago’s lakefront, at about 5:00 AM this morning.
This was to be a true “alignment of the planets”. The several “planets” involved were — the moon, the earth, the John Hancock Building, Olive Park, my camera, and me — all lined up at 5:00 AM to get this shot!
Houston, we have a problem: there’s a blanket of clouds between the moon and the Hancock, and, oh, Olive Park doesn’t open until 7:00 AM.
But it was fun being part of a “moon landing” even though my name isn’t Neil Armstrong. I still got some nice shots of the Hancock in pre-dawn light, and some other pretty sights along the lakefront.
With nature and landscape photography, make the most of what’s in front of you!