Looking Up


Heading to Portland next week.  Here’s to good weather and finding an apartment!

Looking Up – Tribune Tower // Chicago, Illinois

I’ve been in such a black and white mood lately, I don’t know what it is about it, maybe just the photos that I’ve been wanting to work on…

As we wandered back from a very filling meal at a little Mexican place, margaritas in the belly and chatting more than shooting, Shannon (www.seeingspotsphoto.com), Nick (www.nickexposed.com), and Beth parted ways with Britta Emily and I. I was about to put the camera away, but decided for one more shot, looking up to the Tribune Tower that has graced the skyline since 1925.

Tribune Tower Chicago William Woodward

Sail Life & A Night in the City

A Night in the City – Seabreeze Charters // Chicago, Illinois

I can’t say that I could tell you exactly what the best way to shoot fireworks from a boat, but I would say that I’m happy with the way this turned out.  After settling in on the front of the 36′ Beneteau, I had a perfect view of the harbor laid out before me, and a great show of fireworks.

City Night Chicago William Woodward

Sail Life – Seabreeze Charters // Chicago, IL

Could you live a life on the water? I think I could, not to say that I don’t like the land and all, but there’s something about the freedom…  Thanks to SeaBreeze Charter LLC and Captain Lorenzo for the trip.

Sail Life

What Goes Up


I thought this was pretty interesting:

Each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.  Populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness. An epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

What Goes Up – Chicago, Illinois

I still feel like a tourist in any big city. I just love looking up, seeing the buildings jutting thousands of feet in to the sky. I think I’ll definitely need to put Dubai on the ‘to do’ list just to see the world’s tallest building (for now).

Goes Up Chicago William Woodward

High Window City Watching


Do you know what lies in yours?


High Window City Watching

There’s something enthralling about being high above all the other buildings in a large city.  That’s probably why we’re consistently trying to build taller and taller buildings.  One of these days I’d like to go check out Dubai, and see what the tallest building in the world feels like.  They say that in some of these super sky scrapers, that at the top you are actually moving a foot or two in either direction as the wind blows, which is completely mind blowing.

A place I regularly go with folks who’ve never been before in Chicago is the John Hancock building, as you can get higher than the Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) and you don’t have to pay to go up!  They have a nice little lounge/bar area, where the drinks aren’t cheap, but when you consider that you have a place to sit and chat, along with the view, it all about evens out. The other nice thing about the JH, is that since it’s just north of the river, you actually have a pretty nice view of the downtown area.

City Watching Chicago William Woodward

The Cloud Gate Holds the City

End of the World

I think we’re going to make it, but just in case…  It’s been real.

The Cloud Gate Holds the City

We had a little photowalk in Chicago, and wrapped the night back at the Cloud Gate, Chicago’s infamous art installation that has been street named ‘the bean’.  It was a full moon and the clouds were speeding along that created a nice blue aura in the sky.  The reflections of the skyline in the Cloud Gate just topped it off, and the warping effect that the curved surface had on the architecture was picturesque.

The Cloud Gate Chicago William Woodward