The Dramatic Tower

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  • Location: Riverside, Illinois

As a photographer, I tend to enjoy dramatic lighting.  Lots of shadows, bright spots of light in an otherwise dark landscape, that kind of thing.  Suffice it to say, I love Carol Reed’s film, The Third Man, and Ansel Adams’ photographers of the American southwest.

With this in mind, it’s a little bit surprising to me that I haven’t previously shot any images of the Riverside Water Tower that were dark and dramatic.  Riverside is a pretty shiny, happy place, but even so, it seemed odd.  I guess this particular photo had just fallen through the cracks.

Then I shot this image.  It was a stormy day at sunset and for a brief instant, a ray of sun poked through the grey clouds and shined down upon the west side of the Tower.  I only had time to shoot 2-3 images of this before the sun then disappeared.  And presto, I had my dark, dramatic image of the tower!

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