A Cold Winter's Night by taffy

A Cold Winter's Night

Chicago had a fairly large blizzard today so Annette @anwan and I decided there might be some good photo ops at Millennium Park. It was a lot of fun despite the wind and very wet snow falling constantly. This is the Chicago Cultural Center taken at the blue hour, shortly before Annette and I ended up waiting for a half hour for a bus and learned from Jim that the city had stopped all buses on Lake Shore Drive because of the high winds. It was good to get home at last!
B&W photo for Flash-of-Red February: http://365project.org/taffy/the-also-ran-ph/2015-02-01
Wonderful capture. Were you able to catch a bus home before they got stopped for the wind?
February 2nd, 2015  
@skstein We did, but it took about three times as long. At least we didn't have to drive or walk! Thanks for the kind comment!
February 2nd, 2015  
Oh Taffy! What a different day you had than I did! Your photo is gorgeous...and *just the way* I enjoy seeing a blizzard! Thank you for doing the heavy lifting so I might enjoy this tonight!
February 2nd, 2015  
Oh my goodness Taffy nothing stops you from getting a shot! It was worth getting cold and wet for! Great capture with that orange glow from the lights showing us the snow falling and already settling! Great pov! Fav!
February 2nd, 2015  
Perhaps it's best that I can't venture out at all while heavily medicated! My snow shots were taken from the comfort of my house. Hope you had a hot toddy waiting for you! Stay safe and warm as this continues to rage around us!
February 2nd, 2015  
You have really captured the force of the weather. I don't envy you having to be out in it though!
February 2nd, 2015  
I love the lighting, makes you feel cold just looking!
February 2nd, 2015  
You are really dedicated to photography if you go out in this weather. The busses may stop running, but you still keep going. This shot really tells a story.
February 2nd, 2015  
Gorgeous lighting and composition. I don't envy your weather and here I was growling about pegging out clothes in a gusty wind. :)
February 2nd, 2015  
Excellent shot
February 2nd, 2015  
Awesome colour tones!
February 2nd, 2015  
WOW you must have been freezing!
February 2nd, 2015  
It does look really cold
February 2nd, 2015  
FAV, my favorite types of photos!!!!
February 2nd, 2015  
I can just feel the wet and cold lashing snow -- the lights brighten the scene !
February 2nd, 2015  
A dramatic capture
February 2nd, 2015  
You are very brave to go out taking pictures in weather like that. The shot is magnificent and - I suppose - worth all the trouble you went through. Fav.
February 2nd, 2015  
Great effect of the moving snow in the light! Perhaps crop/clone the bits of blue lights (signage bottom left and building top right)?
February 2nd, 2015  
Wonderful capture. Snow isn't easy to capture when it is falling. We had 3 inches 24th, 32 inches 28-29th, 3 inches 30th and 12 inches expected today. There are 15 ft piles in Wal-Mart's parking lot. So to me this just looks like a little snow flurry. LOL teasing.
February 2nd, 2015  
Fab shot! You're so dedicated! This is the sort of weather that makes me want to curl up with a good book.
February 2nd, 2015  
WOW Looks amazing, excellent capture!!
February 2nd, 2015  
You are one brave gal to trek out in the wind and snow on a photo shoot! The street lights give a lovely golden glow to the scene and highlight just how much snow is falling from the sky.
February 2nd, 2015  
like the sense of cold and stormyness
February 2nd, 2015  
Awesome shot
February 2nd, 2015  
wow beautiful lighting and you can see how strong the wind is by the angle of the snow! fabulous capture!
February 2nd, 2015  
they stopped the buses for the wind!!! wow. You can really see the wind in this picture.
February 2nd, 2015  
We got here in Michigan too! Neat shot!
February 2nd, 2015  
Gorgeous capture, lighting, composition...looks cold but the lighting warms up the shot
February 2nd, 2015  
Fantastic composition and night time image! Fav!
February 2nd, 2015  
Fantastic picture. Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
February 2nd, 2015  
Brrr! Brave of you to venture out in that weather, but the lines of snow in the light are very effective. They lead the viewer right to the corner of the building. :)
February 2nd, 2015  
It looks very cold with that metal blue sky, lovely image
February 2nd, 2015  
Nicely captured snowy scene
February 2nd, 2015  
I admire your dedication to photography. Good shot
February 2nd, 2015  
Another superb shot great lighting - my eye is drawn to that wonderful building, Chicago has some terrific architecture
February 2nd, 2015  
Great photo.
February 2nd, 2015  
Taken at the right spot and in dire conditions but a supreme result! In these conditions I do feel so lucky to a have a home to go to and be safe and warm! fav
February 2nd, 2015  
Great capture, love the snow lines leading to the corner.
February 2nd, 2015  
Stunning shot. Love it!
February 2nd, 2015  
Wow I can feel the cold
February 2nd, 2015  
So well depicted. Fav.
February 2nd, 2015  
I can feel the storm of snow. Don't get so cold ;)
February 2nd, 2015  
Freezing shot. Fantastic!
February 2nd, 2015  
I love snow but that's probably because we get so little and so rarely. Love your capture
February 2nd, 2015  
Oh- pretty! It really speaks volumes on the reason why Chicago is called the Windy City!
February 2nd, 2015  
@olivetreeann Heehee! Actually, the nickname comes from our politicians -- back in the 1890s when we were competing for the world's exposition against New York. The book, Devil and the White City, was based on that era.
February 2nd, 2015  
Terrific night time winter shot! Love the light. Fav
February 3rd, 2015  
Love this wintery night scene Taffy, you captured the windy city perfectly, hope you made it home safely!
February 3rd, 2015  
Well capture, I can feel the storm, the wind, the cold. the snow. Love the whole scene
February 3rd, 2015  
Love the pelting snow and lack of traffic. Guess that's the first clue of fewer buses.
February 3rd, 2015  
Ooooohhhh! Too cold!
February 3rd, 2015  
Amazing snow storm capture!!! Love this blue hour shot in the middle of a winter storm!!! Definitely a fav!!! Can't believe you were out in this and then to find out that the buses are not running!!! Wow!!!
February 3rd, 2015  
@lealady Some buses were running -- didn't want you to think we had no way home! We were lucky -- just had to wait a long time for one to get there. Thanks for the visit and kind comment and fav!
February 3rd, 2015  
Oh dear...I can see the snow falling and it looks as though I can actually see the movement. Wonderful light!
February 3rd, 2015  
nice
February 3rd, 2015  
It does look very cold! Great night shot
February 3rd, 2015  
It looks really chilly
February 3rd, 2015  
I can feel that cold from here! So cool (literally) how you caught the rushing wind!
February 4th, 2015  
What a great shot, Taffy. I love how you showed the weather so well in this photo. How did you protect your camera and you and your friend from the weather? FAV
February 4th, 2015  
@darsphotos Thanks Darlene! I have a camera rain cover: https://sewelldirect.com/Aperture-by-Sewell-DSLR-Rain-Cover-Medium.asp?gclid=Cj0KEQiAgMKmBRDMjo_F9OfUubABEiQAp8Ky11UJJ1jQ4aXUzHaOtTCUmuULOEhlL3gqFk47KR2Ek5oaAsV18P8HAQ

It's fairly heavy duty and kind of a pain to use -- does not work easily on a zoom lens which I was carrying. But, rather than getting my camera soaked, I decided to bear with it. We were all bundled up in layers with the last layer being waterproof stuff (I was actually wearing some ski pants!).
February 4th, 2015  
Brrrr! With those snow streaks, you have captured the wind and cold well. Great shot!
February 5th, 2015  
Hey, that's the Smurfit-Stone building behind there. My husband used to work for them when we lived in southern IL.
February 5th, 2015  
love how you captured the motion of the snow
February 6th, 2015  
Wowser...awesome shot.
Really glad i'm not there in it though! :)
February 10th, 2015  
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