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Color the River Green

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 18 April 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

No, there wasn't a power failure at the sewage treatment plant. It was the annual dyeing of the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day. Chicago is the only city in the world where you will find a green river in honor of the holiday. The Chicago River has been dyed green for the occasion since 1962. The dye that is poured into the river is actually orange. Once poured in, the river turns orange just before the beautiful shade of Irish green appears. They use a vegetable-based dye which is safe for all marine life. Forty (40) pounds of dye are used to color the Chicago River green.

The City of Chicago does not pay for the dyeing of the Chicago River. It is actually funded by a local Plumbers Union (#131).

The Clark Street bridge is seen here spanning across the river.

Photo captured March 12, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Super light and colours! Great shot!

18 Apr 2011 7:24am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Fantasic !! Thank you for all these explanations, it is very interesting, I would not have believed that it arrives... It's impressive to see this water of a beautiful green produced with of orange... It's almost unreal !!Great view of the city also!!

18 Apr 2011 8:18am

Florence from Paris, France

Incredible and amazing and funny and mad ! Ah I love the Irish mood ! Nice brightness indeed.

18 Apr 2011 8:25am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

gorgeous shot.....beautiful colours, lights & image clarity

18 Apr 2011 8:38am

guillaume from Paris, France

Magnific colors !!

18 Apr 2011 8:45am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful composition and colors.

18 Apr 2011 9:40am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

First of all it looks great with excellent colour, secondly I'm amazed at the lengths this union will go to help the descendants of the Irish enjoy themselves, it is quite commendable.

18 Apr 2011 10:05am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Excellent! Great Chicago tradition.

18 Apr 2011 12:06pm

Robbie from Houston, United States

no photoshopping this one right?;) I've always wanted to go to Chicago when they do this.

18 Apr 2011 12:19pm

@Robbie: Just some high dynamic range (HDR) imaging to bring out the detail in the facades of the buildings on the right side of the river. This was a late afternoon shot and the facades were in the dark.

MyBP from Mataró, Spain

Nice shot! thank you to share with us.

18 Apr 2011 12:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a fantastic image and piece of information!

18 Apr 2011 12:49pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

what a funny tradition!
fantastic HDR shot!

18 Apr 2011 1:15pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

ha ha . . I was asking Lilly earlier if this happens every year - what a grand idea this is !!

18 Apr 2011 1:28pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Geez, I never knew there were Irish in Chicago!
That is one heck of green, I must say. I have seen images of the green in the river before but, as with all of your images, this one is so fantastically finished, framed, and composed, the green is ever the more dramatic. The contrasts are amazing with the tones and the buildings in the skyline....beautiful Steven!

ps - Do the Polish members of Local #131 contribute as well? They should be reciprocated in some fashion I would think ;-)

18 Apr 2011 2:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful image . Colors are fabulous, especially green one

18 Apr 2011 2:15pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

This picture is awesome !!!!!!!!! Great colors and details everywhere, green flashy water, beautiful reds and blues on buildings !!!! I like it a lot.

Oh... and thanks for sharing all these information !

5 *****

18 Apr 2011 3:17pm

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

This is an amazing image, thanks to the subject (only american people...etc...) but also the quality of the capture and process.
Very impressing!

18 Apr 2011 4:25pm

Kala from United States

haha. The color is fabulous. Great capture.

18 Apr 2011 7:57pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Stunning perspective and colors! Thanks for sharing about the green river...it's great to know such info! Two thumbs up!

18 Apr 2011 8:46pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Thanks for the info... I never knew that. Superb shot, colourful and sharp.

18 Apr 2011 9:52pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

that is green:)) nice detail

18 Apr 2011 11:45pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great color contrast and detail!

19 Apr 2011 1:07am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the dyeing certainly adds something different to the usual look - this looks quite surreal!

19 Apr 2011 2:43am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow - this is fantastic! The green water makes this shot just look so unusual - great capture!

19 Apr 2011 2:47am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Now that is just plain bizarre but it does make a cool photo.

19 Apr 2011 4:51am

franz from Baden, Austria

a funny but admirable tradition! love the view here and the stunning architecture!

19 Apr 2011 11:41am

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

I've seen photos of this before but yours is phenomenal...so crisp, perfect color saturation, great reflections - Congrats!

19 Apr 2011 8:02pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Cette image est tout simplement magnifique! Félicitations pour ce spotlight bien mérité!

19 Apr 2011 8:40pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Quite spectacular! Striking colour!

19 Apr 2011 9:24pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Vraiment magnifique! Spectacular!

19 Apr 2011 10:40pm

Damien from Le Havre, France

Informations really interesting. Your picture is very amazing. Félicitations !

20 Apr 2011 12:00am

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

Wow! Who knew? Congratulations on the spotlight. So well deserved! Gorgeous.

20 Apr 2011 4:11am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous shot! Congratulations on the Spotlight!

20 Apr 2011 4:28am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow! How amazing. It must be quite a sight
Congratulations on the Spotlight

20 Apr 2011 4:50am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Well catched colors, wonderful photo!

20 Apr 2011 5:31am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and, Congrats on the Spotlight, too !! Well done.

20 Apr 2011 7:57am

Florence from Paris, France

Well done and lots of congratulations for you Steven !

20 Apr 2011 8:56am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Congratulations on the spotlight !

20 Apr 2011 9:11am

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Fantastic shot. And thanks for explaining why the water is Green :-).
Congratulations on winning the spotlight

20 Apr 2011 9:55am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ! It was really green ? ! Your framing and color of the buildings are wonderful ! A superb photo ! Congratulations for the spotlight !

20 Apr 2011 10:13am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Steven - This Spotlight is totally deserved!
I am really excited for you and proud...proud to know you through the blog - you are a top notch talent As I always have maintained
Congratulations sir!

20 Apr 2011 11:26am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Congratulation for the Spotlight ! once again - A super image !

20 Apr 2011 1:27pm

franz from Baden, Austria

congrats on the spotlight - a worthy choice for sure!

20 Apr 2011 1:28pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

bravo pour le spotlight ,c'est trés mérité!!

20 Apr 2011 2:15pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

congrats on the Sportlight!

20 Apr 2011 3:11pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Congratulations ! Beautiful shot !

20 Apr 2011 7:12pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

BRAVO. This is a stunning shot. Love that brilliant green river and the story that goes with it.
You caught this scene perfectly. Congratulations on the Spotlight !! :-)

20 Apr 2011 8:59pm

Chriss de l'Ile de La Réunion from Saint Paul, Reunion

Bravo pour le spotlight !

21 Apr 2011 10:45am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great shot!

21 Apr 2011 11:33am

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

congrats on the spotlight! lovely crisp image

21 Apr 2011 2:03pm

Phil from Montreal, Canada

That's very interesting. It's the first time I hear about that. It looks surreal.

21 Apr 2011 6:18pm

Phil Morris from Canada

A beautiful image, congratulations on your well deserved spotlight. A
superb city view.

22 Apr 2011 2:31pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

it's amazing!

23 Apr 2011 12:16am

Vincentt from Batam, Indonesia

Congratz! I wonder how I would think if my surrounding suddenly becomes green, fishes aren't colorblind, right? XD

25 Apr 2011 4:07am

AnaR from Venda Do Pinheiro, Portugal

fantastic record... beautiful...

25 Apr 2011 11:05am

Grandoude from Saint Quentin en Yvelines, France

Nice cityscape with a stranged green river!

25 Apr 2011 11:36am

Satvik from Far far away, United States

Beautiful capture of Chicago ! Congrats on the spotlight

27 Apr 2011 3:38am

Zora Zoé Schmidt from Greifswald, Germany

Awesome! Wow!!!

27 Apr 2011 4:14pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Etonnant !

28 Apr 2011 7:39am

Luis A. De Jesus R. from Mexico City, Mexico

I'm not a keen fan of deep saturation, but the color contrast and intense color works great hear. It all balances out with the detail, lines, and shapes of the structures...nice work.

28 Apr 2011 8:11pm

Lara from Vienna, Austria

wow, this is indeed stunning!

29 Apr 2011 3:58pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Congrats on Spotlight! This is beautiful!!!!!

1 May 2011 2:53am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Congratulation to the Spotlight. You deserve it!

1 May 2011 10:58am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A fantastic image of the Chicago River. Very well deserved spotlight! I was told about this tradition but unluckily it happened in working days and I lived far from the downtown. So I had no chance to go there in daylight hours. Thanks very much for showing and bringing here this beautiful tradition.

29 Jun 2012 6:24pm

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

Fantastic colors !! Such a beautiful composition. And, most interesting about the dyed river !!

31 Aug 2015 9:27pm