Photo: Night Skyline

A calm, autumn night along Chicago’s lakefront.

Back Story

This past weekend, we were back out at the Museum Campus in Chicago, to get another take at shooting the Chicago Skyline at dusk and at night. There were a few good images that came out of the evening, including a few where I was testing out a new FL-W filter I picked up recently, but this was the one I decided to feature first.

I was out shooting for only about 90 minutes, and probably could spend another hour or so there next time. 90 minutes may seem like more than enough time, but for awhile there I was shooting panos from one end to the other, and bracketing at the same time. Testing different exposures, I found myself doing one bracketed pano with 8″, 15″ and 30″ exposures each. Round that up to a minute for all three shots, and then factor in about 15 frames (shooting vertically) moving across the lakefront, and you can see the time goes.

Touch of Pink

You may notice that the top of the Sears Tower (yes, I still say Sears Tower) and the nearby buildings look a little pink. Well, that’s because their lights have been switched to pink to support breast cancer awareness month in October. It may only be subtle in this shot, but it was very apparent in person.

– Kris

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  1. Jim October 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

    Would like to know what white balance setting you used for this image. Can u reply via my e-mail?

  2. Kris November 3, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    Hi Jim,

    This image is actually an HDR image, with the individual images shot through an FL-W filter as described here.

    Using the filter, my WB was set as Daylight, which according to Lightroom, came out to be 4850K as shot.

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