How to Step Over a Skyscraper
This photograph was made on my first trip to downtown Chicago with my camera. I was filled with nervous excitement because I was eager to try street photography for the first time. (Admittedly, I didn't know anything about photography besides how to take the lens cap off, use Aperture Priority Mode, and press the shutter release.]
It was a fairly warm afternoon in early November, but it was raining. There were tons of people walking around Michigan Avenue and the atmosphere was electric. Once the rain stopped, I noticed puddles everywhere and my eyes got big as saucers.
As I was walking around the Chicago Water Tower to cross over to Water Tower Place, I noticed a reflection of the John Hancock Center in a puddle on Michigan Avenue. I had to do a double-take because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I had to step over the puddle and onto Michigan Avenue to make the photograph, and that's how I came up with the title, "How to Step Over a Skyscraper".