Yesterday was warm for Chicago, about 34 degrees, sunny and no wind, perfect for a lakefront shoot. I futzed around the house earlier and began trying to figure out how to use the Godox X1s with my ultra portable Godox tt350s. By the time I figured it out, I was 10 minutes behind my planned departure time, so I quickly packed my camera bag and left for Montrose Harbor, north of Chicago.
I was really looking forward to the afternoon shoot. It was a cold day in Chicago and my sister offered to give me access to her office building’s patio, located on the 23rd floor. I arrived at 3:30 pm, plenty of time to set up my gear and get situated. My sister and I rode the elevator to the 23rd floor and alas, the patio door was locked, even though the sign clearly indicated it is open every day until 8 pm. I needed to improvise; the view overlooking Millennium Park, Cloud Gate (The Bean), the ice rink, Michigan Avenue and the city Christmas tree was too good to pass up.