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Chicago Skyline (Daytime)

I have a Canon Digital Rebel xti . I am going to take a boat tour down the short of lake michigan that tours the Chicago Skyline. What setting should I use for the best skyline shots? This will be during the daytime. Should I use the landscape mode? Or should I use P, Tv, Av?

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6/26/2007 1:54:32 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  I assume you mean a Wendalia cruise down the "shore" of the Lake.

The answer, in part, depends on the weather. I haven't a clue about your camera or its settings, but I do know a few things about the cruises and views. Take a polarizer perhaps, to enhance the sky and remove glare off some of the windows. Wide angle and telephoto lenses would be useful. And don't drink green river water.

Oh and btw, the best place to shoot the Wrigley Building is from the bar at the Hyatt Regency across Wacker Drive late at night before they turn the lights off on the building at 10P.M.

take it light. ;>)

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6/26/2007 8:29:03 PM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I visited Chicago for the first time a couple weekends ago. The shoreline cruise on the lake is nice, but if it is windy (it's the Windy City, right?) the boat will move a good bit. You will need to use higher shutter speeds to get sharp shots. During the day will be easier, the cruise I took was in the evening, and my shutter speeds got slower as the light faded.

I would highly recommend taking one of the River Architecture Cruises. These leave from a dock at Michigan Ave & Wacker Dr. It was very interesting to learn about the history of Chicago's skyscraper architecture, and the view was great.

HERE is a link about the cruise.

As for camera settings, I almost always shoot in Av mode. Leave your ISO at 100, and use the highest f/stop that will give you a holdable shutter speed.

Chris A. Vedros

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6/27/2007 3:32:56 PM

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