Interesting Photo of the Day: Abandoned Chicago Highway

How do you get an eerily empty shot of an otherwise busy highway—completely devoid of vehicles, like some post-apocalyptic scenario? You stack 50 exposures together. That’s exactly how photographer Michael Salisbury created this image:.

Photographer captures eerily empty image of a busy highway

I stacked 50 photos to create an empty highway in Chicago. (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Salisbury made the original images using a Phase One iQ 180, a medium format camera. Salisbury explains that he usually takes a ‘plate’ image of the background, or anything that would remain static in the final image. The actual composite part is the road, which had a lot of traffic and needed to be ‘cleaned up’.

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