Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago has certainly been one of the iconic places to photograph for many years. This has been here since way before “The Bean”; by about 80 years! Classically modeled after Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles in France, this is more classical architecture than anything you’ll find in the more modern Millennium Park.


Buckingham Fountain and the Chicago skyline


Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Settings: 45mm Focal Length, 1/200 sec @ f/16 ISO 200

I took 3 bracketed shots here but only used the underexposed image. It had all the light information needed. I had some fun with this one. I usually prefer a longer exposure for moving water like this, but I liked the way the water looked here in the quick exposure. I added some grit and punch to the skyline and details in the fountain and softened the water in the pool up just a bit. I applied some color toning to this one to give it an overall feel and finished off in Lightroom.

The Races Of Man

Last weekend, I spent a morning here at Holliday Park in Indianapolis near Broad Ripple. I found this place when browsing Google Maps for places to photograph in and around Indy. The ruins that make up the centerpiece for this park caught my attention. These Indiana limestone statues that sit atop the columns here in the park used to reside on Broadway in New York City as the facade of the St. Paul Building. When they decided it was time to renovate, the sculptures were donated to the park that was under construction here in Indy. The sculptor is Karl Bitter and the park is need of help to realize the vision that was intended for these works of art. The reflecting pool is dry and the installation seems to be crumbling away in what is an otherwise beautiful park. Though the ruins make a cool photo, I think it would be even cooler to see them displayed properly. If you want to learn more about the plans for the park and the strange journey these sculptures have made please visit here.

The Ruins at Holliday Park including the sculptures,