For the first time ever, I was able to visit the John Hancock Observatory in Chicago, IL this past week. Unfortunately, it was bitter cold and uncomfortable to walk around and do many shots so I hit the observatory!
The date was 12/5/2013 and it was one heck of a site! This is hands down the best view of Chicago you can possibly imagine! The Hancock Observatory does not allow tripods, but they do allow monopods. Luckily, for me I was able to bring my tripod up and they explained to me that I could use it as a monopod, which quickly was turned back into the tripod. So I had an outstanding experience being able to use my tripod. It is very difficult to shoot the city out the windows because there are very dramatic reflections on almost every single window in the observatory.
Luckily for me I brought my handy dandy B+W 82mm Polarizer which helped reduce glare some. The trick was to get into a low lit corner of the observatory and practically have my lens touching the windows angled down to get anywhere near a usable shot.
Overall, I had a great time here and was able to get some photographs that I will treasure for a lifetime from Chicago.
If anyone is considering taking the trip to the Observatory, or even spending the 18$. Let me tell you, it is oh so worth it!
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