Cityscape Chicago: A Beautiful Salute

How do you pay homage to something that’s provided you with so much inspiration over the years?

Just ask Eric Hines, a Chicagoland-based photographer/timelapse cinematographer who has put together one of the greatest tributes to Chicago that we’ve seen yet. His project, Cityscape Chicago, has taken over 30,000 still images and blended them together in a three-and-a-half-minute video that highlights some of the city’s greatest characteristics. All of the shots are phenomenal, and we found ourselves drawn in by some of the never-before-seen angles and views that he’s compiled.

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The video shows some of the city’s best-known icons during varying times of day, and it’s utterly astounding to see the drop-dead gorgeous skyline from all angles. We can talk about it all day, but honestly, you should just watch.

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Here’s what Eric had to say on his Vimeo page:

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Cityscape Chicago is a personal timelapse piece consisting of over 30,000 still photographs shot on the Canon 5D Mark III incrementally between July and October 2012 around downtown Chicago, Illinois.

The inspiration of this piece was my fascination with the city of Chicago, particularly at night. For me, there has always been a mysterious sort of feeling to Chicago at night, so I decided to explore and capture it.

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You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? How many words are 30,000 pictures worth?

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