Photos of the Windy City Engulfed in Fog

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As usual, aerial views always offer a much more exciting sight, regardless of what you are shooting. Chicago is certainly no exception and it looks spectacular from the air. Add to that some dense fog and you have near perfect conditions for shooting such an iconic city. Chicago local Michael Salisbury did just that as he snapped some extraordinary photos of the fog engulfing Chicago this summer.

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When we heard the word “summer”, fog is not usually the first thing that comes to mind, but it does make for some beautiful photographs. One might not be able to fully appreciate the subtle swirls and gradients created by the phenomenon at ground level, which is probably one of the reasons why Salisbury took to the air for this series.

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Chicago has been known by many nicknames, but it is most often referred to as the “Windy City”. There are four main reasons to explain the city’s nickname: the weather, since Chicago is close to Lake Michigan; the World’s Fair; politics; in addition to the competition with Cincinnati. The oldest known allusion to Chicago as the “Windy City” is from an article that appeared in the 1858 Chicago Tribune.

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The first acknowledged repeated attempt to label Chicago with this nickname is from 1876 and has to do with Chicago’s rivalry with Cincinnati. The term “Windy City” was made popular and came into common use by The Sun editor, Charles Dana, during the bidding for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The popularity of the nickname has lasted, long after the Cincinnati rivalry and the Columbian Exposition had long ended.

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See the modern Chicago draped in a swath of fog here in Salisbury’s excellent series. To see the world famous windy city from a different perspective, here’s another photo series we featured that captures Chicago from street level with the use of slow shutter speed and off-camera flash. On paper, the technique sounds fairly basic, but the results are quite interesting.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.