People using the Chicago Lakefront Trail

It’s the laziest kind of street photography: sit in a spot with your camera aimed in a direction, and press the shutter when something interesting enters the frame.

We were in Chicago, sitting next to the Chicago Lakefront Trail where it passes by the Ohio Street Beach, which is adjacent to Navy Pier.

I set my Nikon Df to Live View so I could compose using the screen, and held the camera at belly level. My 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF Nikkor lens was attached, allowing me to zoom in and out as I pleased.

Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach
Ohio Street Beach

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12 responses to “People using the Chicago Lakefront Trail”

  1. Michael McNeill Avatar

    I’m all for lazy street photography! The first shot is my favourite – with the girl looking back at the guy on the bike. A nice uncluttered scene.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That’s my favorite too. I love that the fellow is riding a vintage-style bike. The one with the biker and the woman runner looking right into the camera is my second favorite. The rest of these aren’t that interesting in that they don’t tell any sort of story. But they worked out from the perspective of being reasonably well framed, so I shared them anyway!

  2. Marc Beebe Avatar

    The first one. The girl in the background has turned to look at the guy on the bike. Obviously she’s looking at the bike because of its cool retro styling. Sorry, guy. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


  3. DougD Avatar

    Yup, love that bike. Anybody know what it is?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s a Columbia, that much I know because of the logo on the side.

  4. Tom R Avatar
    Tom R

    That’s a brave swimmer — not sure I’d have enough confidence in my swimming abilities to go swimming in Lake Michigan.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We saw several people doing it!

  5. puneybones Avatar

    The female runner looks like she is just about to laugh or yell. Apparently, your camera did not go unnoticed like with the rest of the people.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      A few images I didn’t share show people kind of glaring at my camera!

  6. arhphotographic Avatar

    Oh the benefits of “live view”! Your images got me thinking. Would I have done the same with a SLR and gone with a wide lens or 50mm on f16?? Would I have got the same results??

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Live View definitely enabled these photos. I don’t know that I could have gotten them with a film SLR.

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