Wednesday, May 11, 2011

O'Hare Airport in Spring

We snapped some photos of the annual beds at O'Hare airport and wanted to share them with all of you. Known as 40MPH beds, the plantings are unique in that no one ever admires them up close, but instead from their car or taxi while driving throughout the airport. The bulbs don't need to be planted as tightly as they do for residential or public beds like at, say, Millennium Park. The layout helps save some money, but it makes for a slightly difficult photo shoot - a shot far away is boring without the movement's blur of color, and a close-up reveals the large spacing between bulbs. In most cases, the best solution was to position the camera to sweep across the top of the beds, keeping the base of the plants (dirt) out of the picture.

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