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Lunch Hour

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 May 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Two people brave the elements on an unusually cold April afternoon by enjoying lunch together under canopies of trees in the SE gardens of the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue.

During the summer months, the canopies of the trees pictured here completely cover this garden in well-sought shade for relief from the city's heat and humidity.

Photo captured April 5, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 100 50 mm

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Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful ! A superb effect and a great composition !

5 May 2011 5:06am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful composition and great hdr processing. By-the-way, what software are you using for hdr?

5 May 2011 6:39am

@Bill Brown: Photomatix 4.0.2

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

again a fantastic HDR work!
the details in the branches are amazing.

5 May 2011 7:10am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I'm surprised at how bare the trees are in April, an indication that your temperatures are still pretty cool there, we are almost looking like summer here in the UK after an exceptionally warm and dry April.

5 May 2011 8:08am

@Curly: It's now May 5th and magnolia trees haven't even bloomed yet. The forsythia bushes in the area are about in "half bloom." It's been a cold and wet Spring.

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

i like this processing and this theme is really particularly suitable for that! there are so a lot of textures and detaisl and alltogether and very appealing mood!

5 May 2011 9:46am

Florence from Paris, France

Nice place for lunch ! And always your very personal tone-mapping.

5 May 2011 10:15am

LB Vision from PARIS, France

superbe composition ! peace !

5 May 2011 12:56pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is beautiful and a lot warmer to sit here where I am and look at then to be there...but the trees look like they are ready to burst any moment, cold weather be danged!! Awesome composition as always Steven! I love it!!

5 May 2011 1:58pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

You got great contrast on this, love the shapes of the bare trees.

5 May 2011 2:10pm

Jochen from Wildschönau, Austria

great hdr-work

5 May 2011 4:15pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine composition

5 May 2011 5:13pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a most impressive shot, steven! i love the regular layout of this park (?) and the (still bare) canopy of branches! must be really cool in summer! superb pp treatment, of course!

5 May 2011 8:30pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

That is a lovely garden and nice composition. It is cold there! It is cold here today but the we are ahead of you all for spring. The tulips just finished blooming and the azaelas are in full bloom.

5 May 2011 9:14pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Amazing framing and processing. Your town seems to be in the early stages, just like here, where we are just now blooming. It's been a damned long winter, man.

6 May 2011 12:06am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool. It is like a solid ceiling of branches.

6 May 2011 12:24am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A pretty picnic spot even if it is cold. Great shot.

6 May 2011 4:19am

Kala from United States

Wonderful framing and processing.

I cannot believe how cold and wet this spring has been in northern IL.

6 May 2011 4:48am

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

What kind of trees are those? they made a great background. Lovely shot

6 May 2011 6:28am

@Hema Iyer: Hawthorn trees.

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Great hdr treatment.

8 May 2011 1:06pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

I like how the vines are creeping upward on the branches as if to reclaim the trees or give them energy.

11 May 2011 4:37pm