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Wallpaper Details: Sunset In The Windy City

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Sunset in the Windy City

July 13th, 2011

This picture was taken from the edge of Lake Michigan near the Shedd Aquarium, S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois. The exposure was at f/1.4 for 45 seconds at ISO 100 to avoid noise. Thanks for your votes.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM.

Lat: 41.8675479 / Lon: -87.6150045

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Daddy_Gemini
about 13 years ago
This is my favorite of your submissions by far! Great work with the composition and exposure. This is definitely a keeper and works well as wallpaper. When looking at it on a professional 1080p color-calibrated LCD screen however...

What I notice, and the only thing I would have liked to see, is a little LESS post-processing. Mainly SHARPNESS (sharpen edges perhaps?) and CONTRAST (curves perhaps?). I think you went 1 or 2 points too far on both of those image adjustments, but other than that, good stuff. :P

(Remember, every point changes the photo even if your eyes or monitor can't see it. Next time, try not to go too far, especially on contrast enhancing.)

Thanks for sharing though I still love it! =)
Posted By: Bharath Wootla
about 13 years ago
Daddy_Gemini, thanks for your positive comment and constructive criticism. I did indeed put in too much contrast and overworked sharpness on the buildings.

However, this went un-noticed working on the 15" monitor of my laptop. Thanks for your advice and I will try to be more natural next time. Best regards
Posted By: fjawodfc
about 13 years ago
The immense power your photo shows just amazes me... Very intense, LOVE IT. Putting on all my devices (Laptop, Desktop, PSP, iPod)

My eyes are drawn to the pink dot in the middle of the sky and the white dot in the water. They almost look like stuck pixels on my monitor. I guess the dot in the sky could be a plane or something, but the white dot in the water doesn't look natural.
Posted By: KamilG
about 13 years ago
This is an absolutely amazing photo. I may be slightly biased because I'm in Chicago, but I rarely come across a beautiful photo of the entire city. Nicely done.
Posted By: jbgc
about 13 years ago
B-E-A-UTIFUL photo. I love the vibrant colors and it really is friendly on the eyes.

The only thing that distracts from the beauty is the two things that "fjawodfc" mentioned, as well as a dark spot on the far right side of the image.

You probably need to have your lens cleaned.
Posted By: ckcallen
about 13 years ago
Fantastic capture! I need to get myself over to the Shedd Aquarium to shoot from that view. Love the color in the clouds and the reflection in the water. Thanks for letting us know the lens and exposure settings - I'm going to try a 45 second exposure myself.
Posted By: Bharath Wootla
about 13 years ago
Thank you jbgc and ckcallen for your comments. I will have to get the sensor cleaned since I had been changing lenses too often.

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