This is the first in a series of my favorite locations to shoot in Chicago. Follow along every Thursday for the next installment to see if you have already checked the location off your bucket list.
The Pritzker Pavilion, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is one of Chicago’s architectural gems. And it is a treat for the photographer. When there is not a concert or private event, you can walk through most of the pavilion. But know that there will be times when it is closed to the public.
- Try including the buildings of Chicago in the background of your composition.
- The Pavilion changes colors at night, so make sure your camera settings are set and wait for the color you want.
- Depending on the angle you’re shooting from, try to use the rows of seats as a leading line in your composition.
- Shoot tight on the individual metal pieces of the pavilion for an interesting abstract architectural image.
- Shoot bracketed exposures at night to capture the large dynamic range of the scene and combine the brackets later using Photoshop or HDR software.
If you’re walking from Michigan Avenue, you can find the Pritzker Pavilion in Northwest corner of Millennium park behind “The Bean.” The easiest way to get to the pavilion is to park at the Millennium Garages. But be prepared to spend $36 for parking. If you’re coming down during the weekend, there is an early bird $6 special at the Aon Building Parking Garage which is just across Randolph Street from Millenium Park. You can check parking prices using this new-to-me site, Parkopedia. It looks like this could an awesome tool for the Chicago photographer.