Chicago - City of Big Shoulders

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    Chicago skyline and cityscape at twilight, seen from the John Hancock building.
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    Hog Butcher for the World,
    Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
    Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
    Stormy, husky, brawling,
    City of the Big Shoulders:

    They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
    have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
    luring the farm boys.
    And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
    is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
    kill again.
    And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
    faces of women and children I have seen the marks
    of wanton hunger.
    And having answered so I turn once more to those who
    sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
    and say to them:
    Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
    so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
    Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
    job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
    little soft cities;

    Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
    as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
    Building, breaking, rebuilding,
    Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
    white teeth,
    Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
    man laughs,
    Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
    never lost a battle,
    Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.
    and under his ribs the heart of the people,
    Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
    Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
    Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
    Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.


    This shot was taken at twilight, which is the reason for the "orange" cast to the light - I didn't change the white balance to accomodate the time of day.
    1k-6960 hdr de custom - chicago city at night

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    1. artland 74 months ago | reply


    2. SeanMcGinnis 74 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot, and one of my favorite poems of all time as well.

    3. Smart Destinations 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Metropolitan Scenes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. papalars 73 months ago | reply

      I like the way the skyline fades. You are humble. Thanks for the comments about my shot. Nice quote too.

      Downtown Chicago from the Hancock Building

    5. frankienose 73 months ago | reply

      god how I miss chicago

    6. guillemcarbonell 73 months ago | reply

      Weird and atractive photo ;)

    7. CaptPiper 71 months ago | reply

      I use this poem when I teach poetry. It's a favorite.
      Great photo! I love the weird color.

    8. Jefrey Vacheliski [deleted] 70 months ago | reply


    9. ( 70 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot of Downtown Chicago. Last time I was there was in 1998. Time to go back.

    10. Michael_Redfall 70 months ago | reply

      nice shot. love the colors.gotta love those city shots at night. always have trouble making time to get into downtown before all the towers are closed up

    11. AlexSerra 68 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot....Nice lights...

      Absolutely this photo is The best capture You are invited at:

      The best capture

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    12. Bill Streicher 68 months ago | reply

      great skyline shot.

    13. Vαl.ù 65 months ago | reply

      Great!!! I love it!! What a beautiful city!!

    14. paulmcdee 62 months ago | reply

      Chi-town rocks!

    15. ..::MuRdOcK::.. 61 months ago | reply

      Hello Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton!

      Wonderful HDR! I love it!
      Please join my group and add your photo!


      I'm an admin for a group called City and industry, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. davic 56 months ago | reply

      Fantastic exposure

    17. Acer18 54 months ago | reply

      this city is much more manly compared to new york, but still a ballet dancer compared to houston

    18. Zack Goad 54 months ago | reply

      incredible photo. =)

    19. Disney Girl is A Glamour Girl! [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      My kind of town...Great photo From the "Big John" building.
      You've captured the beauty of what I consider to be the *best* skyline in America. It is absolutely gorgeous to fly in over Lake Michigan & catch a view of this Great City before landing @ O'hare.

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