Buckingham Fountain at Blue Hour

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois during the Trey Ratcliff Photowalk

Finally Getting to Photograph the Buckingham Fountain

A couple of nights ago as you probably know I went on a big photowalk in Chicago. The walk was led by Trey Ratcliff, and about 300 photographers attended it. It was a great night with great people. One thing that made it even better was the fact that I was able to finally photograph Buckingham Fountain in some good light. In all the years I lived near Chicago I never really made it to the fountain. I drove by it countless times on the way to Wrigley. I actually visited it once, but the light was terrible that day. During the photowalk though we hit it during the blue hour which was perfect. I have some images of the fountain that show off the great color that was in the sky. The light was fairly even making everything just pop. For some reason though I really fell in love with this black and white treatment of the fountain.

Processing This Photo

For this photo I didn’t need to do much. I took the metered exposure which was (15 seconds at f/11 ISO 100 for those of you keeping track at home) into Lightroom. Instead of using a black and white program I decided to just adjust this one until it felt right. I took it to black and white first, and then adjusted my black and white sliders until I felt happy with where it was. From there it was a simple crop to get in tighter and give it more of a panoramic feel.


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