The Windy City

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At the end of March, Snoo and I headed out to America for a holiday. We’d planned a trip down to Hueco Tanks for a week, but due to the way the dates fell around Easter, we decided to squeeze in a few days in Chicago as well. I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago as I’ve been a Chicago Bulls fan since I was a kid (we even managed to get some tickets for a game which was on while we were there which was a big tick off the lifelong ‘to do’ list!).

I decided when we booked the trip that I wanted to document our time in the city. I’d also recently acquired some new gear to try out Lens Whacking, and so the cogs mashed and the idea was born: a lens whacking film of Chicago. And so it was that we spent three unseasonably sunny days exploring the city and shooting it’s best bits. It was a nice change of pace to just be able to chill out and do some tourist-y stuff (we almost never have holidays like that) and film some cool sights.

The lens whacking technique is an unusual one, but I really enjoyed the limitations of having just the one lens (a Nikon E-Series 50mm f/1.8) and the happy accidents that the style of shooting produces. The down time on subsequent flights was then spent cutting together what would become ‘The Windy City’. Enjoy!

For a quick shoot/edit I was really pleased with how it came out. The whole thing was done relatively simply. One camera; one lens; and all edited and colour graded in Premiere Pro (no After Effects on this one). Looking forward to doing more whacking in the future!

I also shot a few stills as well (some lens whacked, some not)…