This is Chicago

This is a 21-image panorama from the top of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago. As such, it is worth looking at in the larger size.


I was desperately trying to find an open-air space in a skyscraper to shoot a large panorama, but I had to settle for shooting through glass. Apparently, open-air spaces are a thing of the past, and although I'm afraid of heights, this is a bit of a bummer for rooftop photography! After scoping out my options, I found a nook where I could be out of the way but also set up my tripod and photograph for a long period of time. A fellow photographer even helped block some of the interior reflections on the glass -thanks Mark!


This panorama took over 6 minutes to complete, and the light was changing rapidly. There are 2 layers, 11 on top, and 10 on the bottom. I opted to keep the upper area at 15 seconds, and the lower area at 20 seconds, and then slightly adjusted each RAW image to accommodate for the changing light.


Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L @105mm

21, 15-20 second exposures @ F11

CP filter

RSS Pano Bar

ISO 50

  • Lukas Wenger 4y

    This came out fantastic! Love the sweeping feeling that panos have. I got nodal rail recently, but I keep forgetting to use it.
  • Daniel Ewert 4y

    21 image stitch?? That's awesome! What a beautiful pano you got here. Really awesome work.
  • Darren J Bennett 4y

    Wowzer mr Ivan, that is super freakin good, legendary my man.

  • Dan Ballard 4y

    Great shot Ivan!!! Would love to see a huge print of this!!!
  • jared ropelato 4y

    holy sheeeeeze! Ivan... friggin killer.
  • Osama Al-Salman 4y

    wow , it's really amazing photo
  • Cedric Guilleminot 4y

    It's my kind of town...Chicago...
    Yup, that is where I come from, architecturally very rich...have not been there in ages. Agree with Steve...insane work. Phenomenal detail, and I guess only a print can do this justice.

    Thx for putting me into a Sinatra mood.
  • Joe J photo 4y

    Great shot!
  • Justin Smith 4y

    Excellent panorama of a great city! I like the balanced lighting.
  • tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp 4y

    Awesome details!!
  • Paul Porter Photography 4y

    A superb composition. You did a fantastic job of balancing the light and exposure across the whole scene. Must be seen large. I'll bet a large print would be amazing.
  • Adam Bender 3y

  • Simon Benson 3y

    Incredible panorama!
  • Ed 3y

    Immense.. !!!!!!!!!
  • Alan Hopps 2y

    stunning details
  • tiancs0031 2y

    the light, the,great !!!
  • Victor Anwar 2y

    great work
  • Sky Matthews 1y

    came out very well for shooting through glass. Was there recently myself and shooting from in there is challenging with the reflections. You are lucky they let you bring in a tripod, but we are all the better for it. Beautiful panorama.
  • theo0023 11mo

    Excellent capture!!
  • karinavera 16d

    Like it! Great! I'm going to Chicago next June, is a good thing the glass, but it's a problem! they do not think photographers!
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Taken on July 10, 2011
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