Sunday, July 1, 2007

Red Skies at Night, Motorists Take Flight

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So my big plan was to take photos of cars heading towards downtown, with the skyline as a background. I was trying to get that classic stream of brake lights that comes from a long exposure. But it wasn't quite dark enough to get a really dramatic image. Plus I was shooting through a chain link fence, which didn't quite work out except for showing the fence itself.

So I was packing up, thinking I may have gotten the photo I wanted, when I noticed this sunset starting to ripen. I shot a few pix here and there of it, then took off in my car. I turned onto the highway from the overpass I was shooting on, and there this was in front of me. So I pulled over immediately on the on-ramp and set my hazard lights flashing. I got a couple of honks (not that I was really in anyone's way, that's just Chicago drivers), but wow was it worth it.

Theme Day Participants:
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24 comments:

Carol E. said...

Fantastic shot!

Maraï said...

Your shot is so beautiful and congratulations for spending so much time to have the right shot!
Maraï from Brisbane
http://brisbane-dailyphoto.blogspot.com/

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful. Love the different clouds and the red lights look nice with the sky.

Lavenderlady said...

I totally agree...this is magnificent.

don said...

great shot!!! happy that you waited a bit longer

Jilly said...

Fantastic photo - just stunning.

Gerald England said...

love those underlit rolling clouds -- far more interesting than brake lights would have been.

Z said...

Indeed, it was worth it! Gorgeous!

Abraham Lincoln said...

What you did get is very nice. I like it a lot.

Abraham Lincoln
—Me as Moses—

zannnie said...

A totally WONDERFUL shot!

Love it! Love it! Love it! :)))

Ben said...

Fantastic! Complete with red tail lights. What a great photo!

alice said...

Oh yes, it was worth it!

Forrest Preece said...

High five! A stunnner!

Olivier said...

c'est magnifique, ce ciel avec cette couleur, une superbe photo, bravo

it is splendid, this sky with this color, a superb photograph, cheer

AinZ said...

Great shot! much more beautiful than a line of breaklights would ave been...

Clive Davis said...

Excellent photo!

Kuanyin said...

Absolutely gorgeous photo!

slinger said...

Nice sky shot....plus your chain link fence photo made the photo of the day. That is outstanding.

Strangetastes said...

First reaction: really beautiful.

Second reaction: this has an intense War Of the Worlds feel. The sky looks like part of the surface of Jupiter. The car taillights could be little red alien eyes, creeping across Chicago. Watch out for the death ray!

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

It's a stunning photo. I love it so much. Best compliments !

Chris in Madison said...

Beautiful - I love it! I have a classic Wisconsin rural scene for Theme Day today.

santy said...

wow!!! I'm speechless! it's all that what the others have said!

U "R" Us said...

Holy crap! Thanks so much for the resounding response y'all!

Aigars Bruvelis said...

Superb:)