single frame: Light on the Millenium Park Christmas tree

Christmas tree in Millennium Park, Chicago

Light on the Millennium Park Christmas tree
Canon PowerShot S95

After Margaret and I got married we started making long-weekend trips four times a year. One of them was always in December, and we always spent that trip in downtown Chicago. Tourists don’t visit Chicago as often during the cold months, so we always got a deal on a hotel room. Chicago is lively in December, with Christkindlmarkt in Daley Plaza, ice skating in Millennium Park, and holiday shows in many of the theaters. It was the trip I looked forward to most each year.

We didn’t go last year because Margaret changed jobs and she can’t get away — December is the busy season where she works. It’s the big reason we’re not going this year, too. But COVID-19 complicates it even more. We’ve done some traveling during this pandemic, but always in weather that allows most of our activities to be outside. In December, everything about Chicago drives you inside!

I made this photo in Millennium Park at their giant Christmas tree. My trusty Canon PowerShot S95 did a pretty good job here. The tip of the big bulb is blown out, but with shallow depth of field it pleasingly rendered the tree’s other lights.

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9 responses to “single frame: Light on the Millenium Park Christmas tree”

  1. Khürt Williams Avatar

    Jim, you really do like your Canon PowerShot S95. 😃 You’ve inspired me to see what my wife’s 17 year-old Sony DSC-W55 can do.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m used to it and I know what it can do. It’s just a familiar old friend that happens to be quite capable.

  2. brandib1977 Avatar

    Love this image. I’m missing my after Christmas adventure this year too. We will all run wild next year!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      We will for sure!

      I’m talking to Margaret about renting a cabin in the woods someplace in January for a long weekend. Maybe Brown County. Maybe Tennessee; I love Tennessee. We’ll bring groceries and cook for ourselves all weekend. If the weather’s bad we’ll watch movies. If it’s good we’ll go exploring.

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Sounds amazing. A perfect start to the new year and wonderful way to unwind after a tough year. Not to mention, those places would likely appreciate your dollars right now.

  3. DougD Avatar

    Prepare for the jump to light speed! Looks a bit like a spaceship, nice shot.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for seeing that in it!

  4. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    That is a very nice photo. Knowing it was taken with a point & shoot makes it extra impressive.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Dan! There are some capable point and shoots out there.

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