Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Fireworks at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Spent a not-so-cold evening on East Wacker Drive: it was the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. Instead of jockeying for position against kids who, I assumed correctly, will be screaming and kicking at the arrival of the floats, I decided to step back and just let the kids be themselves. I was there, anyway, for the fireworks.

Now, there are a lot of things to love this city, and I do love this city, but one of the things I love the most, as a photographer, is that, despite the millions of people who attended the event, there is always plenty of elbow room for me! Just check out my photos in one of my favorite summer activities: the Chicago Air and Water Show.

And for the Lights Festival, I even had room for a tripod! This made photographing the fireworks extravaganza a lot easier.

Without the tripod, I wouldn't have been able to keep the camera steady to take these sequence of shots - combined to make an animated GIF. I just wish I had a remote though. It would have helped a lot timing the fireworks explosions.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Fireworks

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Fireworks

I'm really happy I was able to photograph the fireworks with just a Powershot, albeit an advanced Powershot at that. Just wish the wife was available to enjoy the spectacle herself. Well, she'll have to wait another year... ☺

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