Photographing the Sunset Behind the Chicago Skyline

Part of the fun of photography is going back and tweaking photos that you thought had potential at the time, but were missing something. This was one of those photos. I had the idea on the scene to make this a vertical frame to have the sunlight lead you right into the city. At the time I should have slowed down my shutter speed to blur out the water. I didn’t, and the crisp water was a bit too much for me.

A Quick Fix

I don’t spend a lot of time in Photoshop. In fact for a photographer I feel that my Photoshop skills are lacking. At times though it is a valuable tool to make the photo that you had in mind on the scene. Here I used the motion blur tool to smooth out the water like I should have in camera. I think that the simple fix makes this a better photo, and it was finally time to share it.


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

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