Buckingham Fountain at night in Grant Park. The wonderful and unique skyline of downtown Chicago in the background (USA).

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  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 5 years ago

    This is a great night shot Adam!! wonderful color and light!

  • Thanks Barb.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Richard Williams
    Richard Williamsover 5 years ago

    great picture! i really need to check out chicago at night some time.

  • Chicago may have some flaws and crooked politicians, but downtown has places that are like a wonderland. I have to admit, downtown Chicago has become downright beautiful.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Jigsawman
    Jigsawmanover 5 years ago


  • John Absher
    John Absherover 5 years ago

    This may seem like an odd comment Adam, but here is my five second reaction to it. “Immediate” … Woww … great capture of those fountain lights/colors, followed quickly by … BUT check out the pin sharp detail of the skyline, especially that building just to the right of “old Pru” AND the fact that Prudential can actually be clearly read. Soooo, from a technical perspective, certainly can’t see anything to complain about, but from a compositional perspective, the shot is almost “too good” as to momentarily confuse me as to just what’s intended as being show cased. Don’t know if that makes any sense at all, but consider it from this perspective, It’s 2:00 am, I’m dead tired, and was just rudely awakened by a skunk with bad manners who must be about right under my bedroom window, so I make a beeline out of there, come down to see if anything’s going on on RB, get wowed by this shot, and try to make sense out of it.

    OK though … simply put … this is really cool!!!

  • Thanks John for your slightly odd, but caring comment. I take that as quite a compliment. I struggled with focusing when it was pretty dark and I focused mostly on the top white crown of water or the edge of the concrete pillared fountain. I had difficulty seeing if I was focused properly and that was my main concern when I was taking the pictures. The other thing that sort is amazing is the aperture on most of these shots was anywhere between f8 to f10. I had to keep the exposure time down to about 3 to 6 seconds. Anything longer and the light color would change and kind of screw up the colors. You would think with a smaller aperture like that, that the skyline in the background would be less sharp, but f8 is still a small enough aperture to give good depth of field obviously.

    Good luck on that skunk thing. I’ve read mothball and urine don’t really work for beans on keeping them away. You proabably have two choices on keeping it away. Skunks go where it is dark and don’t like light. Once you figure out the area it is going into, put a bright light there and let it shine in ther day and night for one week. It won’t wan’t to be in a brightly lit area and leave. Or call the local animal warden to get them to either catch it or set a trap to release it humanely elsewhere.
    Get some sleep.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot!

  • Thanks Kim.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 5 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Thanks for your wonderful comment.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • davesdigis
    davesdigisover 5 years ago

    Excellent City Night Shoot!

  • GraceNotes
    GraceNotesalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Adam, on your feature in the Cityscapes and Skylines group!

    Pin sharp and colorful – great job!

  • WOW! I honored! I greatly appreciate the fact that you like this and featured it. Thank you a hundred times. Now, I have to go and order a pizza.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharp11 months ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature Marie. I can’t remember that you are running this group. Feels great to bring this image to life again.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • icesrun
    icesrun11 months ago


  • Wonderful. Thank you so much. Two different features within 3 hours of each other is a big deal for me.

    – Adam Bykowski

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