Dying of the Chicago River – St Patrick's Day

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The city of Chicago surprised us over the weekend dying the river green! Like last year, they had planned to cancel this annual St Patrick’s Day tradition because of Covid. So, this was a fun surprise on a very beautiful day.
In the 21 years I’ve lived here I’ve never photographed this so I decided to head downtown to get some ground and drone shots. The original reason to get down there was to get a shot of the St Regis for my client.
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Then, of course, I had to wander west along the river to see what else I could get.
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Now for the drone shots! I think the first one is my favorite. It looks like I’m really high in this shot but I’m not. Thanks to a friend’s insight, you can set the drone’s camera to a pano and wide. This is the result. Don’t even ask me how it’s done, I haven’t the slightest clue! I also wasn’t sure this would work out given the way the drone was taking shots and moving the camera but somehow it does. Yay for some really smart engineers, lol!
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And a few random shots not involving the river. I love these three buildings together…the distinct and quite different architectural styles, colors and patterns always make for an interesting grouping.


The cloud in the nest shot was too good to pass up. I think between these two shots I prefer the black & white version. Whereas, in the two shots above I think I prefer the color version.

A little framing of the John Hancock Building from the Streeterville buildings in the foreground.
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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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