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You'll notice that I've begun to curate more galleries under the "Interact" tab above. The webmasters and I are working on putting together an updated tWp page, and when that is done all these links and such will be immediately available on the sidebar. Until that time, however, just mouse over "Interact" and then check out the new gallery of Tribune Tower photographs. Just like the Welcome to Gotham gallery, these new sets will be continually updated as we publish more images worth of inclusion.
I found this 20 megapixel gem sitting on my HD the other night and decided to finish its processing and get it up here on tWp. This four-frame panorama was taken from the 94th floor observatory of the Hancock Tower in mid-summer. The folks who run the place don't want you using a tripod and caused a stink when I brought mine up. I promised not to use mine, but not one to be defeated by such foolishness, I used the railing along the windowsill and my camera strap to hold my D700 in position. The camera support/tripod issue solved, the biggest problem the observatory presents is glare and reflection from interior light sources. Restaurants, overhead lighting and the gelato bar conspire to cause some nasty reflections even when the camera is right next to the glass. At sunset this wasn't a problem, but by twilight (when this photograph was taken), it requires some careful dodging, burning and cloning to mitigate. Unlike Mike's excellent post of yesterday, the tilt-shift effect here is done in post.