Sunday, July 28, 2013
All traffic on the Chicago River stops for the fountain.
We were all enjoying the beautiful evening on the dinner river cruise when suddenly we were stopped in the middle of the Chicago river. As we looked toward the Trump Tower (building with the long blue antenna) we saw this huge fountain shooting from one side of the river to the other. It was all lite up with white light and we can see the trails of water coming down like a summer rain storm. There was one boat in front of us also waiting for this beautiful show to be over. It only lasted for 10 min. but what a sight, even though we were pretty far away, we could feel the spray of the water hitting us. The very next night, I decided to try photographing this scene with my camera this time on a tripod with very slow shutter speed. It turned out beautifully but I think this photo turned out better. Oh by the way, the next night I was shooting in the mist of thunder and lightning. I barely finished shooting right before the huge rain drops started coming down. On top of that I was standing right next to the dark river at 11 pm alone. I kept thinking if I missed a step and fell into the dark river no one would know....
Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Fountain, North Bank of the Chicago River. Chicago, Illinois