Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
Manuel Becker
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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Cloud Gate, Chicago, USA
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USA Cloud Gate, Chicago

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The Cloud Gate in Chicago, also known as "The Bean", has a huge reflecting surface and is a very popular theme for photography and tourists. You can find the Cloud Gate on the city side of Millennium Park.

Photography Tips

There are always so many people at a blue hour that you should take many photos from the same place with a tripod. Afterwards, you can stamp out all things or people you don't want to have in your image. You just should set your settings manually to avoid different exposures, which makes post-processing a lot easier. I used 5 images for this final result - 4 to get rid of most of the people and 1 additional underexposed one for the highlights.

Travel Information

The Millennium Park in Chicago is easily reachable by train at the Loop.
Spot Type Outdoor
Crowd Factor Lots of people
Best Timing Sunrise
Sunrise & Sunset 05:15 - 20:31 | current local time: 17:13
Photo Themes Park sculpture Skyscraper Tourist Attraction

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Spot Comments (2)

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Arun Muthu
Arun Muthu 16.10.2022
How did you extract the highlights from the underexposed photo. I am a newbie, and I have done exposure bracketing through lightroom, but all three images are almost exactly the same images at different exposures.. What to do if people walk in between ?
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 16.10.2022
Hey dear Arun, I simply painted them in with layers and the exposure just for the lights needs to be quite short with your bracketing. I would also pay attention to the time which is why blue hour is usually better than complete darkness where it's usually harder to combine them because the contrast is higher. For the people I took the same long exposure for the main content quite a few times and then combined these photos. I also wrote an article about how to do that: https://www.locationscout.net/articles/12-5-easy-tricks-on-how-to-remove-people-from-photos What's also a good approach if possible is to visit this kind of places outside the usual times. I was in Chicago just for a week, so I didn't have many options though. Did that help?

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Thank you Manuel Becker for creating this photo spot in USA and Lydia, Christian Lorenz, Blim, Brett Grane, Gunnar Heilmann, Ai Lin Szwoch, Greg Tackett, Simone, Mia Pflieger for improving it with additional photos or content.
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