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The Great Chicago Blizzard of 2011


School was canceled yesterday and today – in fact, all of Chicago ground to a standstill as we watched the skies dump perfect powdery flakes over the city. Several of my classmates and I took advantage of the free day to romp in the snow in Millennium Park before the plows made it all orderly. I think after this I might get a bit tired of shooting in Millennium Park but I’ll try to interpret it differently each time!

It was a bit crazy to go out and expose my gear to falling snow, but I wanted it to be crazy! The best way for me to stretch and challenge myself during the winter months is to keep shooting in the worst conditions possible. 3 layers of tops, leggings and jeans, 2 pairs of socks, and 2 pairs of gloves (fingerless and then my Thinsulates on top), warm hat, a down jacket, a pair of rain boots, 2 scarves, and I was ready to go.

(obviously, photos of me taken by various friends including Hui and Joseph – thanks!)

(l-r: Dan, Bridge, Rami, Renu, Joseph (holding the flash), Alex, Dale, Gina, Hui)

Ahh… fresh, unadulterated snow…

One shot. Perfect! Thanks Joseph for being so cool about it =)

Dan on the other hand… kept missing Gina’s head


Blowing on snow… doesn’t that bunch of snow in my hands almost look like a heart?

By the way, I met Bridge at Lauren and Pranay‘s wedding. She was one of the first people I knew in person prior to coming to business school!

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February 3, 2011 - 12:56 pm

Amie These look like so much FUN! Totally makes me want to go out in the snow and shoot. Too bad every time it’s actually snowing, I am at work or it’s dark out already (although that could be cool too!) Really cool to have those photos of normally busy “tourist spots” look so empty and calm.

February 3, 2011 - 6:42 pm

Emily Loving the snow pics!!

February 3, 2011 - 10:31 pm

Felicia LOVED these photos Shang! It looks so beautiful but I bet it was freaking freezing!

February 4, 2011 - 1:16 am

Shang Haha thanks everyone! It usually is warmer during a snowstorm than afterwards, I didn’t feel it that much actually!

February 6, 2011 - 7:01 pm

Serena I *LOVE* the flash one with everyone lined up!

February 27, 2011 - 12:10 am

Melissa What a great idea for a snow day. The fresh unadulterated snow pic could be a post card.

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