Join Justin Reznick for an in-depth discussion in this video Photographing a reflective sculpture at sunrise, part of Architectural Photography in Chicago: A Fine Art Approach.
- We're here in Millennium Park, Chicago, shortly after sunrise. Behind me, is the iconic Cloud Gate. It's often referred to as The Bean and it's a sculpture by Anish Kapoor that was completed in 2006 and it's become a major icon of Chicago. It's completely seamless and has incredible reflections throughout the entire surface, even going underneath and so it becomes incredibly crowded and I did some scouting here a couple days ago where midday walking through and just hundreds of people and I knew that I was going to come back at sunrise when nobody was here.
Just me. Just The Bean and hopefully beautiful clouds. So I came here early started walking around and taking all different angles. Kind of trying to figure out when the clouds lit up what I wanted to do and it turned out the clouds didn't really go. Now, that happens. I mean, it's very rare that we get that sunrise we always hope for and it's inspiration to keep coming back again and again. So I was able to figure out some angles and hopefully come back future days and try and get that sunrise. Now, just because I didn't get the colors, didn't mean, there couldn't be a shot and I kind of hung out and waited and these clouds started to form and I noticed them moving at just the right speed for long exposure so what we're going to do is use a tilt shift lens to help correct the perspective of the buildings and work on a long exposure shot of Cloud Gate.