Posted on Mar.01, 2014, under Chicago

(Nikon D800, 28-300mm at 116mm, Exposure 1/125 seconds @ f/9.0, ISO 250)

One of the distinctive features of Chicago, Illinois is the elevated portion of its ‘L’ transportation system which includes a section of elevated tracks which encircle the area known as ‘The Loop’. This particular shot shows the junction at Lake and Wells streets. The photograph was taken from the rooftop deck of the Randolph Tower City Apartments. The building was open to the public during Open House Chicago 2013.

For processing, I wanted to bring out the lines and details of the old track. The raw camera shot just looked too smooth for my tastes. I used a bit of Lightroom to make some initial changes, but the majority of work on this image was done using Perfect Effects 8.1. I used a variety of filters to add some ‘grunge’ to the image, masking out/in areas of the image as needed.

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