I posted a photograph of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Chicago’s Millennium Park on Thanksgiving Day. That photograph was a test for this image of “The Bean” which is located just above the skating rink. I mentioned that I was practicing a technique which can remove people from a photograph. This technique can come in very handy when traveling to popular tourist attractions like “The Bean”. The attraction was very crowded that evening and I had to be patient and capture enough photographs to make sure that each area of the structure was represented without people. Then, I let Photoshop do its magic. I’m very pleased with the results and I now have a way to photograph key landmarks without crowds.
Cloud Gate, as it is formally known, is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in Chicago. Completed in 2006, the 33′ x 66′ x 42′ structure is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together. The exterior has no visible seams. It was designed by the Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor. Liquid Mercury inspired the design. Visitors are able to walk around and under the 12′ high arch. This is a great attraction to visit if you find yourself in the area.
This image was taken with my Sony Alpha A7R II using my Sony 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at two seconds and the ISO set at 800. I used a tripod for stability. I captured 10 photographs and used a special technique in Photoshop to remove all the people. I completed the image in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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