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Poring Over the Picture

I love wandering the streets of Chicago in the late evening when the crowds die down and you feel as though you're the city's sole inhabitant. I took this image on one of my many strolls through the city. It was a cold winter evening, and the face in the fountain made it feel as though Big Brother was watching. I knew immediately that I wanted to create a strong black-and-white image. The lighting was tricky, given that it was very dark out and I was photographing a bright image. I needed the correct exposure to avoid blowing out the face. I took several test shots (that's a fancy way of saying garbage shots) and finally landed on this image.

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