Tree Lighting at Millennium Park by taffy

Tree Lighting at Millennium Park

Despite rain, hail, and snow, the Chicago Light Festival went on as planned. By evening the city was vibrant with lights from quite an array of sources. It was great to be able to photograph this while staying warm and dry!
Definitely better on black.
That is a very cool night image. Love the red lights - they look like little cherries.
November 19th, 2017  
beautiful lighting and colour
November 19th, 2017  
awesome shot, great to see that really big tripod working so well for you ;)
November 19th, 2017  
Fafntstic shot .. great lights and great pov...
November 19th, 2017  
FAVulous...Love the perspective, colors
November 19th, 2017  
Such a magnificent view, beautifully captured. Lucky you!
November 19th, 2017  
Oh how beautiful!!! Love it!
November 19th, 2017  
Pretty sparkly! Are you photographing this from your place?
November 19th, 2017  
Oh my! fantastic POV! fav
November 19th, 2017  
Cool shot, love the tree. But is isn't even Thanksgiving yet.
November 19th, 2017  
@olivetreeann It's part of our view looking east, but using the 150-600 zoom at full zoom.
November 19th, 2017  
Awesome in every way.
November 19th, 2017  
Beautiful!
November 19th, 2017  
Beautiful night shot
November 19th, 2017  
P.S. Could you please share any tips on how you achieved such a sharp image? I posted a photo of Pittsburgh this evening; and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldnโ€™t get things to be sharp and crisp. Any help would be much appreciated!
November 19th, 2017  
@janetb I just checked out your shot and left a description but really a m not sure what you were not happy about - It looked sharp to me.
November 19th, 2017  
@janetb PS -- I processed this in LR, so did use sliders like contrast, white/black balance, clarity to tweak in post processing
November 19th, 2017  
I wish the photos weren't so large as they seem to be now! This would be better in a smaller view! Amazing tree! fav
November 19th, 2017  
Incredible picture.
November 19th, 2017  
fantastic shot, miss taffy. if i have the 600mm lens i'd be pointing it on all those windows. :-D i should try to use LR one of these days.
November 19th, 2017  
Wow, what a view!
November 19th, 2017  
Such a great POV.
November 19th, 2017  
Very impressive!
November 19th, 2017  
A magnificent capture, you certainly are blessed with this stunning view. Fav!
November 19th, 2017  
What an amazing view you have! Fabulous detail of the lights and action in Chicago.
November 19th, 2017  
Great capture and POV.
November 19th, 2017  
Love those lights! That tree must be gigantic!
November 19th, 2017  
Wow, what a great view. This could be a Christmas card.
November 19th, 2017  
You have the best seat in the house ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•
November 19th, 2017  
What a magical scene.
November 19th, 2017  
Wow what a view. What a photo!
November 19th, 2017  
Great shot
November 19th, 2017  
Great capture. Beautiful lighting and colour.
November 19th, 2017  
Terrific from that height :)
November 19th, 2017  
Wonderful - fav!
November 19th, 2017  
Fabulous!
November 19th, 2017  
Gotta love that condo.
November 19th, 2017  
Stunning night capture, the colours are gorgeous :)
November 19th, 2017  
Breathtaking view and shot. Huge fav.
November 19th, 2017  
favulous!
November 19th, 2017  
Aah , breath-taking from a dizzy height - great pov and a fav
November 19th, 2017  
Great view and capture, love all the lights
November 19th, 2017  
WOW - Spectacular!
November 19th, 2017  
Fabulous! If I had your view, I'd put my camera on a tripod, pointing out one of those fab windows and just leave it there! Probably just until someone tripped over it or the dogs tail knocked it over!
November 19th, 2017  
Just fabulous!! So much to look at with all that detail - even inside the offices!! I love your view Taffy and I know I would be spending my time just looking out and capturing the view from all directions!! Fav!!
November 19th, 2017  
Wow... so much to see! Wonderful view and detail.
November 19th, 2017  
Beautiful night capture and I love the lighting.
November 19th, 2017  
Lots to look at. You have the best view of all the people....and warm, too
November 19th, 2017  
Wow, the tree lit up already? Goodness me! Fabulous perspective from on high though. Love the way the colours are all so clear and I am enjoying the reflections in the windows as well as the silhouetted people below. Nice one, Taffy!
November 19th, 2017  
A super nighttime capture. Fav!! ๐Ÿ˜€
November 19th, 2017  
what a great and fascinating scene. I really like the way you can see into all of the offices. From up where you are, you must spend a lot of time looking down and wondering what is going on in all the lives that you fleetingly see evidence of. Spectacular with that tree.
November 19th, 2017  
Wow, what an incredible view!
November 19th, 2017  
Feels so festive... what a fabulous view!
November 19th, 2017  
Fabulous scene, so festive.
November 19th, 2017  
Kas
What a fabulous view you have! Love, love love!
November 19th, 2017  
Wow - what a photo - what a view!
November 19th, 2017  
Goodness, what a great pov and view! This really captures the 'ants' idea of teeming humanity. Love the colours too.
November 19th, 2017  
@taffy Wow- great zoom and a great view!
November 19th, 2017  
Stunning; fantastic pov ; the cars and their red lights leading to the tree.
instant fav
November 19th, 2017  
awesome
November 19th, 2017  
I love the way the red lights lead to that colourful tree, fabulous shot.
November 19th, 2017  
Taffy, what incredible views you have, and how skilled you are at taking photos of those views. This is a real stunner, works so well you're almost there looking at the place. What settings did you use? Tripod?
November 19th, 2017  
@golftragic Thanks Marnie! I used a tripod and very low ISO (64 on my Nikon). I had my zoom on set at 600, shutter speed at half second and aperture at f10. I think this one may have been an HDR combining 3 shots but am not sure as I took several and processed a few, some HDR and some not - lost track of which was which. Processed in LR.
November 19th, 2017  
Wow, what an amazing view you have! Excellent shot(s).
November 20th, 2017  
What a super pov and composition! Love this Taffy. And I appreciate that you continue to stop by and comment periodically, in spite of how I've really withdrawn from commenting for the most part. I'm just too scattered - holding down five jobs and involved in other service projects, etc. I don't know how you keep up your momentum!!!
November 20th, 2017  
@taffy Thanks for all that info Taffy, especially about the low ISO. I always thought that high ISO settings were the go at night, so I've learned something useful. I've done very little night photography anywhere, let alone in big cities. But would like to be able to get some decent city-scapes while we're away. Certainly don't want to lug a tripod, maybe look into a Gorillapod instead.
November 20th, 2017  
@golftragic Check into this -- @ukandie1 has one and it looks like a good solution to not carrying a tripod: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1261878-REG/platypod_pro_1009_pro_max_camera_support.html
And for ISO, use the lowest possible that gets you the shutter speed you want as it reduces the likelihood of noise. If you have a tripod (or facsimile) you don't need to worry about high ISO as you aren't hand holding and needing a fast shutter speed to avoid shake.
November 20th, 2017  
@taffy Thanks Taffy, the ISO bit now makes sense to me, bit slow on the uptake today, just about melted in 30+ heat. After a prolonged cold snap, summer has arrived with a vengeance. I'll check out the link now.
November 20th, 2017  
Awesome capture. Sorry if I doubled up. 8-)
November 20th, 2017  
Fabulous
November 20th, 2017  
What an amazing scene. Christmas has come to you,
November 20th, 2017  
Amazing cityscape.
November 20th, 2017  
Spectacular - what a view you have!
November 20th, 2017  
@taffy Thanks for the info...I'll play around more in Lightroom next time I try a night shot and see what I can do.
November 20th, 2017  
This is out of this world, how wonderful that this is your view from your condo. Fav!
November 20th, 2017  
Gorgeous colors...gorgeous view...gorgeous perspective! Fav.
November 21st, 2017  
Superb shot and good advice from @taffy

I'm a big fan of the pixi https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/collections/supports/pixi-series though I had to add a monopod head to be able to shoot portrait with my camera. Still it is small enough for my small bag and camera and not too heavy. Gorilla pod I have is surprisingly heavy.
November 22nd, 2017  
Congratulations on this making the TT! So awesome!
November 24th, 2017  
@louannwarren Thanks for letting me know, Lou Ann!
November 24th, 2017  
I don't know how I missed this, congrats on the TT, an amazing shot
November 25th, 2017  
Congratulations! I am so glad to see that this made it to the Top Twenty!
November 25th, 2017  
Congrats on TT! Wow - this is your view??? Can't wait to see it for myself.
November 25th, 2017  
WOW!!!! I take it this shot is from your condo! Your lens might have struggled in the ape house but it is perfect for this shot. I love how crisp it is, you can read at ease that one lane is only for CTA! But I also have to acknowledge that it was you who set up the camera and pressed the shutter. Beautifully done!
November 25th, 2017  
Amazing! What a gorgeous shot - congratulations on making the TT!!
November 25th, 2017  
Wow I missed this one great POV and lighting!!
Congrats on TT!
November 25th, 2017  
Wow--spectacular shot!
November 26th, 2017  
Awesome, Congrats on TT
November 27th, 2017  
Wonderful shot. Congrats on TT
November 28th, 2017  
Superb!! Hadn't checked the TT but it seems you made it on - well deserved, what a wonderful view. All the little break lights are delightful :)
December 4th, 2017  
Great perspective!
January 16th, 2018  
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