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Belmont Harbor

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 1 February 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Belmont Harbor, just east of Lake Shore Drive, and viewed from about 20 stories up, contains 730 docks, mooring cans and star docks, as can be seen here. Lincoln Park, a sprawling 1,200-acre park along Lake Michigan, is seen just north of the harbor. Lincoln Park contains a field house and clock tower, baseball and softball fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and golf course. Along with public beaches, there are landscaped gardens, a zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and a theater with regular outdoor performances during the summer.

This was a late afternoon capture as can be seen by the tall buildings that cast their shadows over the harbor, until you see much shorter buildings that allow the sunlight to be cast over Lincoln Park.

Photo taken December 4, 2009.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/100 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very interesting image, lots to look at

1 Feb 2010 6:27am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What a view from these buildings... wonderful.

1 Feb 2010 10:00am

Denise from Duncannon, United States

Wow , this is really neat, the processing makes it look like a painting.

1 Feb 2010 10:45am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful image, nicely balanced. The structures on the right side make a fantastic graphic compo.

1 Feb 2010 11:40am

Gibritte from France

Original shape of the dock and beautiful photo

1 Feb 2010 2:49pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very beautiful view, really nice, well done!

1 Feb 2010 4:00pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

Ahhh, Chicago. I go past this all the time. very nice shot and great processing

1 Feb 2010 4:31pm

Robert Kruh from Slovenia

Hard postprocessing here but i like is :-) Congrats and good day

1 Feb 2010 4:36pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very busy scene, I like all these details!

1 Feb 2010 5:00pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great HDR and pont of view!

1 Feb 2010 7:07pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

I guess I'm stunned that the docks are empty. I would think the boats would winter there because they aren't directly on the lake. Nicely processed image.. good clarity for studying things. You should make a Chicago book, really.

1 Feb 2010 7:28pm

@Self-Indulgence: Even here in the harbor, the expansion and contraction of the frozen water would do serious damage to the hull of the boat. I agree with your book idea, and I have been wanting to compare various photo books and see what layouts work.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous use of Photomatix Steve, do you use Topaz Adjust too in any of your shots?

1 Feb 2010 10:25pm

@Curly: No, this is strictly Photomatix. Still have yet to experiment seriously in the area of Topaz Adjust. I remember trying it a few times but could never produce anything decent and thought I must have been doing something wrong.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fine POV. Very nice composition.

1 Feb 2010 11:13pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Those star docks are very cool.

1 Feb 2010 11:29pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Steven, you do some beautiful HDR work. I marvel at the technical skill that gets you to a great image like this. Am going to have to learn more about it.

Thanks for the comments about Bella. It's hard sometimes to realize she's not with us in "person" anymore. I do miss her a lot, even though I'm loving our new girl Dini and enjoying her becoming more and more a part of our family every day. We'll have Dini a year on March 19. Will post some new Dini photos after March 9th (my Am3 1000th - I think).

2 Feb 2010 1:25am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

What struck me on viewing this photo is the sunlight shining throuh the buildings onto the ground..... excellent rendering.

2 Feb 2010 2:50am

Manubhai from Bangalore, India

Excellent design...very nice processing done.

2 Feb 2010 3:31am

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

beautiful!! great pp!

2 Feb 2010 4:04am

atefeh from tehran, Iran

Excellent composition!

2 Feb 2010 4:18am