A while back I started an account on YouTube for the blog. I had high hopes for making various videos, but that sort of took a backseat to photography, and I never really did anything interesting there. When I changed the header out a month or two ago, I dropped the YouTube link, since I figured it was pointless to promote an account I do nothing with (as opposed to twitter, on which I am quite active, and you should totally follow me). Every once and a while, however, I manage to do something interesting that gets posted to YouTube… in this case a video from my recent jaunt out to the midwest. Pretty much the second I arrived in my Chicago hotel room and saw the view, I decided I had to make a video from my window. While previous hotel guests left bad reviews because their rooms were too close to the noisy trains, I considered that a plus. After all, without that great view I wouldn’t have been able to do this:


That is, of course, Chicago’s ‘L’, in a part of the city known as the Loop. The video spans about three hours – from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM on a Friday evening, capturing the trains as day turns into night.

In the coming weeks I’ll be posting photos of my journeys, mostly of the Hiawatha Line in Minneapolis, but a few photos from Chicago as well… because every once and a while I do ride something other than the Harlem Line.

4 Responses

  1. Jeff says:

    Those trains sure do run fast!

  2. Tyler says:

    I love day-to-night timelapses. Beautiful work. The hostel I stayed at is in the frame, the second building on the left down the street.

    One correction though: This is actually the Orange and Green Lines, while trains continuing around the loop are Orange and Pink.

    The Red Line runs underground through downtown via the State Street Subway—it doesn’t use the loop or any elevated trackage downtown. The stop you say is out of frame to the left is…well, I don’t know. Harrison is underground and Roosevelt is a ways south. I explored this area quite a bit and don’t remember any elevated stations that could be there.

    One way you can remember which lines go underground through downtown is that they’re the same ones that run 24/7. Chicagoans love the Loop…but not that much!

    • Emily says:

      Hah, that is a pretty major error, eh? Harrison station is actually there, so I guess I assumed the tracks that were right next to it were that line. Guess I better fix this :P

  3. mike says:

    splice a script and 20 or 40 of those clip and save an odd character part for me…..very very nice feeling and lighting effects reminicient of one of the greats…

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