Photo Spot Summary
Country: United States
GPS Latitude: 41.878807
GPS Longitude: -87.636002
Photo Spot Details
The Sears Tower, or the Willis Tower as it is called these days, is the tallest building in Chicago. It is a very common location for photographers to visit in Chicago. Photos are allowed, as far as I know, as is tripod use. The building is so often photographed that it is not easy to get a totally original shot. It is also so tall that is it difficult to photograph close-up – usually pictures are taken from blocks away in order to get the whole building in-frame.
If anyone is visiting Chicago and finds themselves here, even if you don’t want to take a photograph you owe it to yourself to go up to the top of the building, where there is a glass observation deck that actually sticks out from the building, so you can look straight down!
I’m a big fan of looking up at things, and when there are a lot of clouds and some good wind, I immediately try to find a way to get an interesting long-exposure shot.
I took this using a tripod, and with a 16mm lens pointed straight up. I also used a 10-stop ND filter in order to get a 70 second exposure. I was at f/20 for the depth of field that it provided me.