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

28 comments:

  1. Ru scribbles another mental note to herself: "I really, really must get a tripod."

    This is so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Ru-san. To tell you the truth I don't like tripods. I rather not use them, but with it, it can create some amazing images...

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  2. Great photo! But please don't be a daredevil photographer. :)

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    1. Well, the stories I can tell you about things I do to get photos... well that's another story or maybe a blog or two..

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  3. Sooo beautiful! This image really reminds me of the Nakanoshima Park in Osaka.

    残念ながら噴水はないのですが.....!
    Tomoko

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    1. Thank you Tomoko-san.. Maybe they can put a fountain in at the Nakanoshima Park...

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  4. What a super image Noriko, and you're right there are just some shots that can't be taken without a tripod especially at night :)

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  5. Neat picture. Love the colors, lights and water.

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  6. すばらしいシカゴの夜景ですね。撮影に夢中になると池や川に落ちそうになったり、最終バスの時間を忘れたり・・・、おたがいに気をつけましょう。

    Yoko

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    1. Hai Yoko-san,
      we will try to be careful, but I can't see you being so careless as I am...

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  7. yes, Chicago is amazing! I think you would have been fine - but be careful out and about that late at night with expensive equipment!

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    1. That is IF I have any expensive equipments right?

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  8. What a super photo. I don't often think of cityscapes as being that beautiful.

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  9. Awesome night shot... well done!! Very much worth going back with your tripod to capture.

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  10. This fountain has such a cool effect after sunset in all those city lights... Dreamy reflection indeed !

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  11. Yes it us a customised Airstream Noriko, pretty cool hey :)

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  12. Hi Noriko! I love this photo, the colors are amazing!

    You have to teach me about headers! Love yours :)
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks Ceil, and we can definitely talk about my header, though I think I need to change the color a bit,

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  13. Wow, wonderful timing and a great vantage point. Love the colors of the night. :)

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  14. Great sighting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  15. I'm sorry that it took me so long to visit you! I've been tied up with computer problems all day long, and still have some more work to go. But I thought I'd better jump in here really quick or else you would think I forgot about you, LOL.

    That is a terrific nighttime shot! I love the spraying action going on and the fabulous colors. I think big cities are prettiest at night! Thanks for joining in on the photo challenge. We hold them monthly, on the second Saturdays of the month. I usually post up information about the next upcoming challenge after completion of the current one. I'm running a bit late right now on that post, but I should get it published soon. Please sign up to follow A Personal Photo Challenge blog so that you get updates on the various posts.

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  16. That is one fabulous shot — so dramatic and vibrant with all the beautiful colors reflected in the water. Make note to self: drag that tripod along at all times... ☺

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