04-13-09 Chicago Skyline

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I wonder how many photographers using digital cameras wish they could re-photograph the same scenes once they get improved cameras? That’s what I wished for as I was working on this photo the other day.

This shot was taken with my first high-end digital camera: a Canon 1D. It had a 4.4 megapixel sensor and wasn’t all that great at high ISO. There is no question that I could have gotten a better photo with film that evening. But now, with my 21 megapixel Canon 5DII. . . Incidentally, the 1D was a revolutionary camera and set a very high standard for “affordable” professional digital cameras. “Affordable” meant around $5000 in 2003!

I did have the advantage of a great lens when I took this photo: the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Thus, I was able to get a pretty sharp photo hand held at 1/6 sec.

This picture was taken from the observation deck of the John Hancock Building and if you are planning on going, do so a half hour or so before the sun sets. It is a remarkable experience to watch the city light up. Kind of like Paris – but with skyscrapers.

Canon 1D 1/6s f/2.8 ISO1000 70mm (Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS)

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  1. Pingback: A View West from the Arc de Triomphe « Blog Archive « A Photo A Day

  2. Gorgeous. Yes, the pyramids of Giza may be an engineering marvel, but they don’t light up like the modern skyscrapers today!

    5 Grand for one camera! Wow, you are a lucky man!

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