Chicago Fog

Chicago Fog

On my last trip to Chicago (for the Out of Chicago conference), we had terrible weather during the first two days. While it was not so that great when it was raining, the low cloud and the fog provided many awesome shooting opportunities.

As I have said before, bad weather is a great way to add drama to your images, and the Chicago fog is no exception. As you can see, I felt like monochrome would suit my images better. I usually reserve black and white to architectural shots, but I think it works quite well here.

The top image is on Michigan Avenue, right on the DuSable bridge. I used a slow shutter speed to capture the motion of the cars. No filter was needed as the fog made everything quite dark. I just had to shoot on a tripod.

The image below is near Lake Shore Drive on the Riverwalk. Usually, you can see the Trump Tower where the lines converge, but not on that day!

Riverwalk - Chicago, IL (Michael Muraz)

Vanishing City | Riverwalk – Chicago, IL

This last one is the Maggie Daley Park, that opened this year, featuring a skating ribbon, a play garden, climbing walls and more. It’s a great spot to photograph, and I’d love to go back with a different weather.

Ribbon  |  Maggie Daley Park - Chicago, IL

Ribbon | Maggie Daley Park – Chicago, IL

When shooting grey skies like that, be careful with you exposure, it’s easy to blow the highlights. When editing, be gentle with the clarity and sharpening, because it will quickly remove the fog. If that’s your goal, use the new dehaze tool in Lightroom and Photoshop. Otherwise, I recommend to apply the effects selectively.

More to come from Chicago!


  • Angie August 14, 2015 10:24 am

    These are excellent. I really love the second one and the first one! That second one almost feels like something I’d see in China…I don’t know why I think that but it doesn’t really feel like Chicago. Love it and love all the angles with that pier in the foreground and the reflections. I feel like I’m bouncing around from one point to another….in a good way:)

    • Michael August 14, 2015 12:41 pm

      Thank you, Angie! Glad you like that one, it’s a new style for me, but I want to do more of it!

  • Debbie Cruciotti August 15, 2015 7:45 pm

    These are unique ! So beautiful !

    • Michael August 17, 2015 10:00 am

      Thank you Debbie! I really enjoyed shooting that new style

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