Chicago’s Lake Front

Boats on Lake Michigan

The temperature was still in the mid 80’s around 9:30pm as Jackie, Anya and I traveled down the shores of Lake Michigan. Our friend, Anya, was giving us a tour of Chicago while we stayed with her for the weekend. This night, the windy city did not hold true to her name. It was a very calm, warm, clear night, allowing for an atmosphere that holds on to the soft gradient of color from the sun as it hides just below the horizon behind us.


The boats slowly rocked back and forth on the water held in place only by a thin rope tied to their moorings. With the sounds of a busy city behind us and crying seagulls above us, the ripples of water came to rest against the sea wall at our feet. The experience truly was a juxtaposition of disorder and peacefulness.


Later at night the full moon would illuminate the boats and water in front of us, but at this moment, the fleeting sunlight cast a peaceful blanket of light over the landscape as the moon started it’s journey into the night.



Technical Details

Camera: Nikon D5100

Lens: Tamron 17-50mm

Focal Length: 50mm

Shutter Speed: 1/1000

F Number: 4.5

ISO: 400


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