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This is an everyday (twice daily) occurrence from spring to late fall during the boating season when boats go to the lake. They have to raise all the bridges spanning the Chicago River to let the boats pass - one time in the morning and another in the afternoon. It used to be that the raising of the bridges was anytime. If there is a tall boat that needs to pass, they have to raise the bridges. The bridgemaster used to run from one bridge to another to do this. Today, because of traffic consideration, they schedule the raising of the bridges. The streets affected are the main thoroughfares going north south direction. For example, in this picture, the bridges raised are the Michigan Ave. bridge (the upscale shopping street of Chicago also known as the magnificent mile) and the Wabash Ave. bridge (lots of bars in this street).

Photo was taken during a cloudy hazy spring day in 2000; back then, I didn't care much about the technical - taking a picture was enough. I was using the cheapest film (Fuji ASA 100) - lighting conditions this day was uneven and I didn't perform any compensation in the camera. Scanned from a picture taken with zoom lens. Had to do some dodge and burning in some areas because of uneven lighting. Sharpened.

Note added after several critiques: after seeing the original, please view Ebbe's workshop. THAT is the picture I wanted to arrive at.

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