Rush Hour on Friday Afternoon by taffy

Rush Hour on Friday Afternoon

Friday afternoon traffic is a nightmare in Chicago (probably most large cities) and the Friday before Thanksgiving is no exception -- maybe even worse. High above, the expressway was anything but -- more resembling a parking lot.
Photo is HDR from 3 bracketed shots, processed in Photomatix to look as natural as possible. Wide angle distortion from using 14mm lens.

Fire saga...only good things
1. Many clothes delivered this morning -- mostly Jim's but enough of mine to make me happy.
2. Shoes delivered so I now have ones that are comfortable for walking and plan to start photo walks again.
3. Appointment with contractor set for Monday to do a walk through and explain what is ahead. That means demo is almost done and construction will be able to start.
4. Settling in further and have a quiet night at home ahead. It's a beautiful setting to relax and hang out.

Not so good things...
1. The parking card that we need for our guests did not show up and I all I got were voice mails even for their backup numbers (note how trivial this is!)
2. Dishwasher repair person did not show up after waiting for them for the second day in a row (again, not trivial nature of this)
Truly, we are settling in at last. We may have achieved our 'new normal.' I'll be catching up on work, miscellaneous things, and most important, back to normal soon, I hope, on 365. Thank you all for your support this past 11 days. It feels like a lot longer amount of time than that has passed since "the fire" as we refer to it now (not to be confused of course with The Great Chicago Fire of the 1800s, but sort our our own personal 'great Chicago fire').
Well done --you do sound more positive even with the not so good things !What a view --beautiful lights but the traffic is amazing especially for a country girl living in a rural little town !
November 22nd, 2014  
Oh my goodness, what a beautiful skyline. Glad to hear your life is getting back to normal for you. fav
November 22nd, 2014  
It's definitely not looking to express-like! Your view is incredible! Nice capture1
November 22nd, 2014  
Wow, love it on black!
November 22nd, 2014  
love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
November 22nd, 2014  
Beautiful view
November 22nd, 2014  
Wow a great shot,so interesting ,you did a great job on this ,,,,,fav
November 22nd, 2014  
Jo
Even better at night.
November 22nd, 2014  
This is fabulous. Love that lens distortion. Have a relaxed weekend
November 22nd, 2014  
Spectacular...fav
November 22nd, 2014  
superb
November 22nd, 2014  
Wow! I would stand there and watch all that humanity going by every night. The lights and the tiny cars amaze me
November 22nd, 2014  
Fav! Amazing! Love the sense of place and size! And glad to hear that your continue to progress to the new normal!
November 22nd, 2014  
Totally amazing capture. Glad that things are starting to "normalize" for you. How long is it going to take? Any idea?
November 22nd, 2014  
City night lights are so pretty. For a rush hour, there are no light trails. Not much rushing. Still loving all those lights.
November 22nd, 2014  
love this shot - love that you are still shooting and checking into the 365 period after all you've been through :)
November 22nd, 2014  
Gorgeous photo. Terrible traffic, I guess I won't complain anymore about our Friday night traffic. :)
November 22nd, 2014  
Had to see your exposure time for this excellent shot! Not too long - must be a very steady hand as well!
November 22nd, 2014  
Well captured night shot of this huge city!!! Wonderful composition!!! Fav!!!
November 22nd, 2014  
What a fabulous photo. Remember as good as things are going on the rebuild there will be days that it seems to come to a standstill. I am sure that everyone that has ever experience a new building or a remodel can attest to this. And it is the trival things that can cast us over the cliff. Time is such a precious commodity and you can never get any more. So wasting time waiting for repair men who never show up is not in my humble opinion trivial. If only they could be made to pay you back for your lost time with some of theirs maybe then they would stop to think.
November 22nd, 2014  
What a spectacular night shot and view.
November 22nd, 2014  
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous what else can I say, But Fav! Glad things are going well. You both sound to be well grounded. A good thing.
November 22nd, 2014  
Fantastic night capture, looks great on black
November 22nd, 2014  
Unbelievably fabulous!
November 22nd, 2014  
Wonderful city shot. Fav!
November 22nd, 2014  
Gorgeous view! FAV!
November 22nd, 2014  
Fantastic picture and perspective. Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
November 22nd, 2014  
I just love city lights like this, and this is a great shot. Fav of course. Great to hear that your biggest problem is not having a working dishwasher. Things are looking up! Have a great weekend.
November 22nd, 2014  
Fantastic shot!
November 22nd, 2014  
What a lovely view and the best spot too to watch the traffic. So glad I don't live in a city any more. Bad enough driving through Sydney or Melbourne every once in a while for me.
So glad things are beginning to blend together again now and that you have more time to relax.
November 22nd, 2014  
Beautiful!
November 22nd, 2014  
Lovely image, but all those cars look like a nightmare to me. :)
November 22nd, 2014  
Another lovely view, but not in your own place. :(. So many positive things are happening, though, so very encouraging. Lovely city shot... hang in there.
November 22nd, 2014  
noting trivial about it! It is an ordeal. My son had a tree fall on their home last week and dealing with that has been their own ordeal. All we fine and they are able to live at home while the roof is raised, new windows on, etc, but still it is a trauma. You are doing so well in spite of it all!
November 22nd, 2014  
wonderful! fav
November 22nd, 2014  
Stunning
November 22nd, 2014  
Wonderful nightscape Taffy, this is a different view from the other one I just commented on. Lovely HDR treatment. That's a lot of traffic down there!!
November 22nd, 2014  
Gorgeous! We have had a ton of traffic this week as well. Rain and thanksgiving. Californians freak out over rain, it's funny.
November 22nd, 2014  
Beautiful view especially at night...love the pop of pink on the right.
November 22nd, 2014  
Like this super wide view of the city lights and cars. You can check traffic by just looking out the window!
November 22nd, 2014  
What a fabulous view and a great shot Taffy - love your processing!! All that traffic but how wonderful to see it from this bird's eye view!! Things are on the up by the sound of it - so pleased for you that you are getting back to normality!! Hope you have a relaxing weekend and trauma free - you deserve it!! Fav!
November 22nd, 2014  
Amazing detail achieved by using bracketing, and again superb processing. Taken through the window again, I suppose? Are you vetunring out onto the balcony yet? :)
November 22nd, 2014  
I just love this. So much to see and such a great night shot. Hope all is progressing well for you and that you have a peaceful weekend.
November 22nd, 2014  
Sue
Stunning view ... so glad things are moving along for you Taffy.
November 22nd, 2014  
Wonderful capture. Great to hear you're getting back to normal.
November 22nd, 2014  
You are going to miss this view and its photo opportunities when you move back. I like the way the road takes you into the distance, then the building form a soft arch to embrace the scene infront of them.
November 22nd, 2014  
Fabulous view! It must look slightly different each time you look!
November 22nd, 2014  
Beautiful night scene!
November 22nd, 2014  
Wow love your view................gorgeous at night, love the color tones Taffy.
So glad your settling in to your new normal.
FAV
November 22nd, 2014  
Great cityscape.
November 22nd, 2014  
What a wonderful view. It 's a great sight to look out on. Glad things are getting back to normal. Hopefully it will continue to get easier.
November 22nd, 2014  
You have really handled (with great attitude) your last 11 days - I'm so impressed! So glad things are getting to your new normal. I love this shot - looking down on this is so much better than being down on this. Love all the lights and night tones. (Traffic not as much!)
November 22nd, 2014  
A massive rush hour indeed! Sigh. And a great capture of it. I've joked in D.C. that it's a wonder the government doesn't charge us parking fees for "driving" on I-95. They've found a way. The HOV lanes will no longer be free beginning in December.
November 22nd, 2014  
Brilliant shot and a fav. Friday afternoon traffic in Atlanta is Armageddon 52 times a year. Glad things are settling down nicely for yoU!
November 22nd, 2014  
fabulously clear and crisp. impressive!
November 22nd, 2014  
This is awesome Taffy. Slightly less queasy feeling thinking about the view! looks like toy town.
November 22nd, 2014  
beautifully nighttime city shot... has a great feeling of warmth above the madding crowds... so nice to hear you're settling in and finding your new normal...
November 22nd, 2014  
Awesome night shot
November 22nd, 2014  
An amazing view, wonderful nighttime capture. Fav!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
November 22nd, 2014  
Amazing cityscape.
November 22nd, 2014  
Wow this is so pretty Taffy! Glad to hear today was such a good day :)
November 22nd, 2014  
Great night shot Taffy.
November 22nd, 2014  
This shot is just amazing. A TT shot if I ever saw one. I wish I could fave it ten times. And yesM, I have been through Chicago's peak hour traffic. Ant to make things more confusing they drive on the wrong side of the road ;). At least there is a very pretty city to look at while you drive (park) your car. Glad to hear you are getting some stuff back and returning to normal, or at least the new one. Please keep awesome shots like this coming:)
November 22nd, 2014  
@karlow75 and sorry about some crappy spelling. My stupid fat fingers fault :)
November 22nd, 2014  
The cars look like little toys. Amazing shot...luv the lighting.
November 22nd, 2014  
This is superb Taffy! fav!
November 22nd, 2014  
Great cityscape.
November 22nd, 2014  
What a great night shot, Taffy. I love your processing. I am glad you got some of your clothing back and shoes too. Sounds like things are moving along. FAV
November 23rd, 2014  
Wonderful. fav.
November 23rd, 2014  
Taffy, that is one wow of a shot. I could readily apply any/all of the superlatives to it, but amazing will have to do. I really must see this city for myself some day. Definite fav for me. Glad to hear that progress continues for you, and that you now have a selection of clothes and shoes to wear.
November 23rd, 2014  
Super shot, I can barely stand rush hour traffic in little Jacksonville, FL so I can't even imagine what it would be in Chicago! So glad things are starting to get to a normal state to you.
November 23rd, 2014  
P.S. Was reading your list of "Not so Good Things," and nothing is trivial. You've been through quite a horrific experience. Things seem to be looking up, though, so that's a good thing.
November 23rd, 2014  
Congratulations on making Popular Page!!! Well deserved for this fantastic shot!!!
November 23rd, 2014  
@joansmor This time it paid off to wait in vain for the dishwasher repair person as our landlord has decided to have a new one delivered on Monday! Sometimes things work out -- I thought that was really nice of him.
November 23rd, 2014  
Congratulations on making the PP. Well deserved.
November 23rd, 2014  
@karlow75 Thanks Kane. I actually crept out onto the balcony tonight! I was too afraid to look down so haven't looked at my shots to see what I got, and was only out there about 3 minutes...but as my husband said, it's a start!
November 23rd, 2014  
Great on black! Love your vantage point and the lights!
November 23rd, 2014  
Is this your view ???!!! Quite impressive, indeed!
November 23rd, 2014  
@taffy Good because life without a dishwasher cuts into photo time.
November 23rd, 2014  
At first glance I thought all those cars were parked, in a lot. They are parked but on an expressway. Ha. I always enjoy your shared scenes of Chicago.
November 23rd, 2014  
Is it from new place? Love the warm glow!
November 23rd, 2014  
Well I had to add a big fav for this one!!!
November 24th, 2014  
@sailingmusic Thanks for the fav, Myrna -- I really appreciate it!

@darylo Daryl, it's our view from the living room looking east toward the lake. While it's not home, both Jim and I are realizing it COULD be if only we could afford it! We're seeing some advantages to elevator buildings with doormen. And it really is a gorgeous condo because the living room and dining room both have these floor to ceiling windows which give us quite a view. So, while impersonal at the moment, we can appreciate how nice it could be.
November 24th, 2014  
Very nicely balanced HDR
November 24th, 2014  
So many cars! A lot like L.A. A wonderful night time view! Glad to hear things are becoming a bit normal since the fire.
November 24th, 2014  
What a fabulous view! super capture :)
November 24th, 2014  
Awesome.
I love this...!
Nice to see you're getting good results from Photomatix. I was using it a couple of years ago when I first discovered HDR but I have found that with an update or two I couldn't get good results that didn't make my photos look over the top and 'too HDR' if that makes sense. Your shot looks like very nice and not processed in that way you sometimes see at all. I really like it. FAV.
November 27th, 2014  
Congrats TT!!
November 28th, 2014  
Wow, TT! Congrats!
November 29th, 2014  
@newbank @888rachel Thanks to you both, Ruth and Rachel! This was so exciting to see. I also saw you're both up here as well -- congrats!! It's fun to see our mentoring group members being recognized!
November 29th, 2014  
@karlow75 Thanks Kane -- you brought good luck with your comment as it did make it to TT -- so happy!
November 29th, 2014  
Congrats on the TT! :)
November 29th, 2014  
Pam
That is an amazing view of the city!! It is fantastic viewed on black! Congratulations on the TT!
November 30th, 2014  
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