Photo by Ken Tanaka
Scene description: This is a view of the seventh annual Lollapalooza music festival held in Chicago's Grant Park this past weekend (August 5–7, 2011) looking south from Monroe Street. In the foreground is Butler Field and in the distance (at those blue dots) is Hutchinson Field, both of which were shoulder-to-shoulder with pop music fans. In the center, lit in orange, is the famous Buckingham Fountain.
This year's festival sold out to a record attendance of 270,000. It's definitely a (very) young person's event, rather like a commercialized mini-Woodstock each year—complete with drenching rainstorms this year. Despite such massive crowds of high-energy young people, Lollapalooza is a remarkably well-managed, good-spirited, and orderly event, with very few reports of trouble. Gate-crashing was the biggest problem this year.
Tech: PhaseOne 645DM camera with PhaseOne P65+ digital back and Mamiya Sekor D 75–150mm ƒ/4.5 lens @ 90mm.
(Thanks to Ken)
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