The most reflective sculpture in Chicago was always going to make for a good photographic challenge. After speaking with friends who had been (no pun intended) before I knew it was a popular spot for tourists. So much so that anytime of the day or evening Millennium Park was packed with people. Looking for a more abstract view of Cloud Gate, focusing on the refections of the skyscrapers around it, I got up before dawn to get the place to myself. This photograph was taken from the north side of the Bean to show reflections of the biggest buildings along Randolph Street.
On the North Bank of the River Tees this is my favourite photograph (so far) of the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees. Having explored both sides of the river it’s pretty tricky to pick a spot to capture the bridge. Surprisingly for me this low light photograph was taken hand held (without a tripod). The sky behind going from orange to dark blues really helps the silhouetted shape of the bridge standout.
When I first explored Central Park in 2006 I knew that given more time (and a tripod) there was a lot of potential for some great dusk photographs. There is a small foot bridge over the pond at the south east corner of the park. Looking back down the pond I felt that at dusk with the water still it could make for beautiful reflections. Framing the photograph with the iconic Plaza Hotel in the centre with the more modern office skyscrapers around it I love the contrast of the park in the foreground.
Cloud Gate, more commonly known as “The Bean” is a fun sculpture to photograph. The only issue with it that I found is how popular it is in the day and evening times. First thing in the morning I practically had the whole of the Millennium Park to myself so my only concern was not getting myself or the camera in the reflection. After getting a few wide angle photographs with interesting reflections and the city skyline behind it I moved in for some closer views. The stainless steel could have done with a clean but I think that the contrast between the tree on the left of the frame and the extremely distorted reflection of the buildings works really well.