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Wells Street Bridge

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 July 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Wells Street Bridge crossing the Chicago River in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago's elevated subway train, commonly known as the "El" can be seen crossing the river on top of the bridge.

The large building seen to the right of the Chicago River and behind the Wells Street Bridge is the Merchandise Mart. When opened in 1930, the Merchandise Mart was the largest building in the world with 4,000,000 square feet of floor space. Previously owned by the Marshall Field family, the Mart centralized Chicago's wholesale goods business by consolidating vendors and trade under a single roof. Massive in its construction, and serving as a monument to early 20th century merchandising and architecture, the art deco landmark anchors the daytime skyline at the junction of the Chicago River branches. The building continues to be a leading retail and wholesale destination, hosting 20,000 visitors and tenants per day. The Merchandise Mart is so large that it has its own zip code (60654).

Photo captured June 22, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 110 18 mm

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Beautiful b&w. Nicely used hdr.

9 Jul 2012 5:19am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Excellent BnW frame

9 Jul 2012 7:31am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The scene feels as though it was made for black and white :-)

9 Jul 2012 7:52am

ks from Kanagawa, Japan

wonderful atmosphere, nice b&w.

9 Jul 2012 8:02am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wonderful b&w HDR - excellently done

9 Jul 2012 10:30am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Reminds me so much of the old saying of a city being 'a machine for living in' . . .

9 Jul 2012 10:31am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A wonderful capture with a marvelous perspective and fantastic in black and white... brings out the detail beautifully.

9 Jul 2012 10:40am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, this is a gorgeous monochrome cityscape. Well done, Steven!

9 Jul 2012 11:34am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

i agree with curly, a perfect motive for bw and an extraordinary processing! love it!

9 Jul 2012 11:57am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful processing and helpful info on the Merchandise Mart's history!

9 Jul 2012 12:05pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Excellent b&w! The light and tones are superb!

9 Jul 2012 12:39pm

Antoine from France

Superb monochrom with an excellente texture. Great work and l like it. Have a lovely day Steven. Amicably Antoine.

9 Jul 2012 1:09pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

nice B&W that brings a sense of quetness to the city...

9 Jul 2012 2:22pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A superb view and image. I love that Merchandise Mart building (one of my favorite architectural eras) and its noble rock steady handsomeness along the river.

9 Jul 2012 2:24pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is beautiful Steven..OVE this B&W..

9 Jul 2012 5:04pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow, that is a huge building. Beautiful perspective and b&w. I like the architecture.

9 Jul 2012 5:10pm

d.apskos from Orléans, France

Superbe noir et blanc.
Joli cadrage d'une ville inconnue pour moi.

9 Jul 2012 5:23pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Nice deco building, has a great amount of presence from your viewpoint,
beautiful photo !~

9 Jul 2012 5:24pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great mono...a favourite walk of mine along the river shooting the bridges.

9 Jul 2012 6:37pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic cityscape and a fabulous b/w!!!

9 Jul 2012 8:45pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful B&W tones! Excellent photo!Very well presented! Two thumbs up!

9 Jul 2012 8:46pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Wow, stunning shot

9 Jul 2012 8:53pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

A fantastic image, crisp and full of details.

9 Jul 2012 10:09pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Excellent monochrome really sharp, with fabulous light and contrasts of this amazing cityscape !!! Great job ...

9 Jul 2012 11:02pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fine urban monochrome

10 Jul 2012 2:22am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Perfect B&W image.

10 Jul 2012 3:30am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Superb composition with bridge and the buildings dividing the shot up nicely.

10 Jul 2012 4:05am

Brat | RCA from Xiamen City, China

superb black and white...

10 Jul 2012 4:52am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

In B&W as it fits wonderfully with this landmark building! I´m having a great time with your Chicago images. Thanks very much for showing them in great style.

5 Aug 2012 7:46pm