Chicago Lights Up

chicago night skyline
When I first flew in an airplane, my most vivid memory was looking down at the grids of streets shining out from pitch blackness. This photograph takes me back. The angle used for the shot is wonderful – it gives dimension to the grid, making it more “real” before it fades away into the distance.

The choice in tone is also great, with a slight golden tinge emerging through the gray and black. It allows for a wealth of structural contrast, highlighting curves in the road, the shape of buildings, and light vs dark. We also get a nice blown out glow in the street lighting, marking the grid with a soft illumination. This definitely gives us a different perspective on the cities we live in and visit.

Rhys Aplundh is the photographer and the shot was shared with creative commons.

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