Chicago in May

I’m not opposed to suffering for my art but working outdoors in Chicago during certain months of the year is a line I prefer not to cross. April is 50/50 but I’ll take any day in May for street work.

In my experience, on an average day in Chicago, a breeze of about 10 knots will be your constant companion. Once you’re acclimated to it you’ll hardly notice.

Working in the wind is an invitation to leave strobe light modifiers like softboxes and umbrellas behind and work with the light that already exists.

Chicago’s street grid generally lines up with the cardinal points on the compass. This means that when the sun is out directional light can be found in abundance.

Depending on the neighborhood and time of day, you can get an added benefit of reflected light from adjacent buildings. The best scenario is a mix of low rise and high rise.

That’s what I had here. Great light, nice conditions, and a stellar subject.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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