Crossing the Chicago River on Kodak T-Max 400

I had a lot of good photographic luck on our early-January trip to Chicago. So much so that I’m still sharing photographs from the trip in late March! I made these crossing the Chicago River at both Jackson Street and Adams Street. On Adams Street, we were walking to our breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s; on Jackson Street, we were on our way back. It was the end of our trip; driving home followed breakfast. I had Kodak T-Max 400 in my Olympus XA, and I hoped to finish it before we got back to our parking garage. I failed, but it was fun trying. I’m usually careful not to waste shots when shooting film, but on this walk I photographed freely. It was a lot more fun that way!

On the Chicago River
On the Chicago River
On the Chicago River
On the Chicago River
On the Chicago River

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8 responses to “Crossing the Chicago River on Kodak T-Max 400”

  1. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I really like the patterns in the 1st & 3rd photos.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The third photo is my favorite by far because of the light/shadow contrast.

  2. Mike Connealy Avatar

    Nice tonal balance with the XA and TMAX400. In addition to the good grain structure TMAX is able to produce good sky tone without the aid of a filter.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The XA/T-Max combo is simply a winner for me. I have excellent luck with it.

  3. analogphotobug Avatar

    You are definitely making me miss Chicago……..I wish I had been more into photography when I lived there.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I feel that sentiment. I wish I had photos of my hometown in the 80s when I was a teen. So much has changed!

  4. Darts and Letters Avatar
    Darts and Letters

    I always really enjoy seeing pictures from Chicago. What’s that tiny dark thing (light on its surface) sticking out of the side of the tower, in the first frame? Just out of curiosity, where did you grow up in the city? My brother lives in Logan Square.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I have no idea what that object is!

      I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and except for one summer when I lived in Krefeld, Germany, I’ve lived in Indiana all my life. I’m in a suburb of Indianapolis now.

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