Hot Time in the Summertime by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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Chicago’s Millennium Park, Illinois. Children doing what they do best—-having a ball!

Canon 40D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/400, f/9.0, focal length 100mm, ISO 400.

Photographed June 27, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.


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  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleover 5 years ago

    Such joy, and a pure expression of summer. Thanks for the blast of hot times in the middle of winter!

  • That little girl’s expression of pure in the moment happiness brings a smile to me, too. The day I took this photo was hot, sticky and humid. It had to feel ever so good to cool off in Chicago’s Millennium Park fountains. Thanks!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 5 years ago

    What a brilliantly, captured candid and joyful moment. Makes you want to be a kid again. Well done. An instant fave.

  • You know, Elana, I felt like joining those kids the day I photographed them cavorting in that fountain. The day was sweltering with high heat and humidity. Kids of all ages enjoy playing in this fountain for good reason. Thanks for stopping by to have a look.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • BettinaSchwarz
    BettinaSchwarzover 5 years ago

    it’s about the simple pleasures, isn’t it … that’s where the glory sits … in the moment when the heart takes delighted in total abandon …

  • Yes, Bettina, that particular day was so hot and muggy I felt like joining the kids playing in the fountain. Staying young at heart is good for one’s soul.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • toni01
    toni01over 5 years ago

    The way kids used to be…free…happy to be themselves and afraid of nothing…I hate how much times have changed…bring back the old days

  • Yes, whatever happened to the old days when kids played out of doors instead of racing to soccer practice and plunking down in front of computers all day long? Sigh…couldn’t agree with you more.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 5 years ago

  • Thank you ever so much for this honor! Gee, I’m tickled pink!!!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoover 5 years ago

    This is such a great candid shot. I love the laughter. Congratulations on the FEATURE!!

  • Thank you very, very much, Elizabeth! Your comments are very appreciated. I like the work you have posted in your portfolio, particularly your blue images. Lovely.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • mum2milo
    mum2miloover 5 years ago

    a real feel-good image, such joy and happiness … really made me cheery this morning :o)

  • How nice to hear that these laughing, carefree children brought cheer into your life. That made me feel very pleased! Thank you for your sweet comments, Sarah.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • mum2milo
    mum2miloover 5 years ago

    you’re very welcome, you made me smile :o)))

  • :-)))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • blamo
    blamoover 5 years ago

    love the expression captured in this

  • Thank you, blamo. It was a special moment on a hot, steamy day. Frankly, the kids were having such a great time that I felt like joining them in the fountain.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • gabryshak
    gabryshakover 5 years ago

    congrats for the win!!! i voted because it’s so full of fun!
    love the playfulness, expression and of course the depth of field

  • Tonja, thank you for your vote of support for this image. I’m very pleased you enjoyed these kids having plain old fun on a hot summer’s day.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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