The OFFICIAL and ORIGINAL 'Light It Up Blue at The Bean'

  • April 2, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Many of the buildings along the skyline will be lit up in blue for World Autism Awareness Day.  This is a unique opportunity to shoot the skyline in a different way.  We'll photograph the event at The Bean, wander the AT&T Plaza a bit to catch some buildings from there, and then head up Michigan Avenue as far as time permits (meaning until I get tired or cold, you never know), photographing buildings along the way.

Unless you have really, really, steady hands you'll need a tripod.  A wide angle lens is good for capturing many buildings at once, and a telephoto lens is good for capturing detail of lights at the tops of buildings.

If you can't make it downtown, you can still participate.  I'm putting a list of buildings that will be lit up blue in the comments, one may be near you.  Some buildings will be lit up only on the 2nd, some the 1st and 2nd, some the whole week, and some the whole month.  I don't have the details on each.

I'd like to put together an album of the best shots of each building, or the skyline, and forward it to Autism Speaks for publication on their various websites.  There will be photos from around the world, and yours could be among them.

I'll be putting together a Google map of the various buildings that will be lit up blue and post it here.

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  • Diana M.

    cold, but great

    April 3, 2014

  • stephanie b.

    A good time and awesome Chicago location(s). Wish I could have stayed later...

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • Diana M.

    on the way from 'burbs - 6:00

    April 2, 2014

  • Sa'Rai C.

    Hi. I live in Gary. What is the best way to get to the Bean, as I have never seen it in person. A shame I know as a photographer. Lol. Should I catch the train instead of drive? Do I get off on Randolph and then what? Also, I just recently broke my[masked] lens, I only have the kit 18-55 and 70 to 200. As far as 1.8, I have 85mm and 50mm. From those who have shot there before, Do anyone think I will still be able to get any good shots with these? Thanks so much.

    April 2, 2014

    • Milosh

      I'd worry about what time the South Shore Line returns to Gary, you might want to check the schedule for the latest train back. If you decide to drive, there are several garages close by, expect to spend about $30. http://www.millennium...­

      Whether 18mm is wide enough on a crop camera is going to depend on how many people are there. You will have to be back at about the benches. You may find that there will be a lot of people between you and the bean and people at the bean. What I did last year when an unexpected obstacle (photographer) showed up was to get close and shoot a panorama at 14mm on a full frame camera. As far a distance shots, I would rather shoot a[masked] than an[masked] just for the quality.

      1 · April 2, 2014

    • Sa'Rai C.

      Thank you for the response. If you meant quality thinking that my[masked] is a 2.8, sorry to disappoint you and myself. lol. But it is the regular 3.5 as well. lol

      April 2, 2014

  • Susan

    Wish I could make it, have a great time!

    April 2, 2014

  • Milosh

    As I prepared to update my map for this year's list of buildings lit up in blue, I found out that the list has doubled from last year. I may try to do an update of the most important buildings, but this is very time consuming. Adding to the issue is that many buildings are only lighting up interiors or lobbies. Instead of relying on a map I plan on using my eyes, with the exception of some important buildings of which I will have a list with me. If you'd like to see the complete list with a map, it can be found at http://liub.autismspeaks.org/buildings.do?showMap=true&param=chicago&searchType=2&buildingType=-1&x=21&y=12

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this still happening with the rain?

    April 2, 2014

    • Milosh

      Well, it's not raining yet. Seriously, if the rain is forecasted to start at 4PM, we will only really know if it is raining at 4PM. I know enough about weather forecasting to know that they forecast for worst case scenarios and a large viewing area. I really hesitate to cancel such an important event based upon only such a forecast. We may get rain or we may get showers, and I plan on being there prepared with an umbrella and a cover for my camera. There are places nearby to stay out of the rain if it is raining heavily, the Cultural Center, the restrooms under the bean, the tunnel under the Pritzker pavilion, and under the bean itself come to mind.

      April 2, 2014

  • Susan

    What an interesting photo op!

    April 2, 2014

  • Gary P.

    My first meetup, looking forward to it!

    April 1, 2014

  • Dawn and Bill C.

    The list of buildings and landmarks that are lit can be found at this link:
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/chicago-participate-autism-speaks-light-211600543.html

    March 31, 2014

    • Milosh

      That is a two year old article. I'll be posting a map here as well as bringing copies for all of you of the current year.

      1 · March 31, 2014

  • Peter C.

    I work at the Tribune, so I will be there :)

    March 17, 2014

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