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Buckingham Fountain

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 15 November 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The fountain is considered to be Chicago's front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city's front yard. The fountain, located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway, was designed with sculptures by Jacques Lambert. It was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, while each sea horse symbolizes a state bordering the lake. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of the fountain was based on the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles.

The fountain runs from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM every day from mid-April to mid-October. During a water display that runs for 20 minutes every hour on the hour, the center jet shoots up vertically to 150 feet. At dusk, a light and music show coincides with the water display. The last show of the night begins at 10:00 PM.

The fountain contains 1,500,000 U.S. gallons of water. During a display, more than 14,000 U.S. gallons per minute are pushed through its 193 jets.

Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927.

Photo captured July 20, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/321 second F/9.0 ISO 100 28 mm

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Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot of a fountain with nice-design. The beauty stand out against the blue sky and the skyline. I'd like to see a water display. Excellent composition and beautiful colors. Have a great weekend. :)

15 Nov 2013 6:18am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Elle est splendide, superbe cadrage, magnifique lumière.

15 Nov 2013 8:07am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nicely composed scene

15 Nov 2013 8:43am

claudie from le havre, France

Beau cadrage !!!!!!

15 Nov 2013 8:54am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great shot

15 Nov 2013 8:56am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Magnifique, I don't know how you did it, but the ratio of lighting here seems
monumental, 5*****'s, five stars !!~

15 Nov 2013 9:07am

Florence from Paris, France

I would definitely love to go to Chigago, as I suspect an architectural spot there ! Great shot Steven !

15 Nov 2013 10:00am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture with marvelous light and colour combinations ! Excellent framing ! Must truly be a very beautiful fountain to see with all the water .
Wishing you a good weekend.

15 Nov 2013 10:51am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Magnificent achievment in art and design. Superb composition as well showing the fountain and grand backdrop of the city skyline.

15 Nov 2013 11:01am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fabulous colors and composition here, Steven - love the fountain against the skyline in the background.

15 Nov 2013 12:10pm

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Tes couleurs et netteté parfaites.... )

15 Nov 2013 12:57pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Sure is a beauty, and your photo is very fine. I love the sunlight and appreciate your informative text.

15 Nov 2013 1:18pm

mohkum from Cochin (Kochi), India

Beautiful composition and treatment! Love the colours as well!

15 Nov 2013 4:15pm

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Well framed !

15 Nov 2013 5:40pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Gorgeous point of view - the light is also lovely

15 Nov 2013 5:57pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

A very beautiful image of this quintessential Chicagoan. The framing and the intense light are excellent.

15 Nov 2013 6:39pm

Frances Gaffey from Massachusetts, United States

A superb look at this fountain Steven, with a nice city view.

15 Nov 2013 7:14pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful perspective with the city behind the fountain. This fountain is just beautiful! I just love all the sprays of water! Gorgeous light and color. I really liked the information.

15 Nov 2013 9:14pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a wonderful fountain! I like how you've shown it in its sun drenched glory. Excellent photography.

15 Nov 2013 9:36pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Fine shot of this Chicago landmark.

16 Nov 2013 2:19am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a beautiful landmark. What a great fountain.

16 Nov 2013 2:53am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Impressive fountain and nice shot you captured.

16 Nov 2013 4:32am

Abena from Illinois, United States

I just love this fountain, anytime we head up there, the fountain's a destination :-) I never knew that was the name though so thanks for sharing!

16 Nov 2013 4:36am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Lovely shot and such a well considered composition.

16 Nov 2013 10:23am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow … gorgeous capture! An amazing setting for a fountain!

17 Nov 2013 12:14am

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

A beautiful shot Steven, the framing is excellent !! Wonderful with the perfect blue sky and big skyline !!

17 Nov 2013 3:44am

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning image, beautifully composed and with wonderful colors and light !!! The fountain is absolutely magnificent and the city skyline makes a fabulous backdrop to it ...

17 Nov 2013 9:06pm

franz from Baden, Austria

impressive data to accompany an impressive image! i love the vivid colours, the clarity and above all how you composed the picture, with that angle of the basin jutting towards the viewer ...

18 Nov 2013 3:27pm

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

excellent . a real postcard !

20 Nov 2013 1:01pm

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