Chicago Thaws into Spring

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    I was lucky enough to be in a helicopter over Chicago at sunset. A big thanks to Fiona and our pilots Bill and Jeff. They took the door off the helicopter for me, which sounds like a good idea until you are experiencing 100 MPH of chopper backwash while hanging out trying to get this kind of shot!

    It was a fun day. We stayed up for a few hours and circled around the city several times. I got hundreds of amazing shots. I haven't had time to process any of them except for this one... but I wanted to go ahead and get it up since I know the Twitter and Facebook crowd has been waiting on it since I mentioned it on there. Also my mom was very worried about the whole door-off-the-helicopter thing.

    Right in the center of the shot on the bottom is the famous Navy Pier. We timed this shot to get at the right height the second the sun dipped below the horizon to cast a rainbow of hues into the sky.

    (and there are pics of me hanging out of the helicopter on my Facebook page if you want to come see!) :)

    from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

    Ben Ivory, + darkolina, zuwayer, and 592 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. tomfisch 53 months ago | reply

      Hey Trey, did you see that the Ritz-Carlton Residences is using your photo in their marketing? www.theresidenceschicago.com/
      I went to their website and instantly recognized your photo.

    2. SeverianPT 47 months ago | reply

      I LOVE these colors, beautifully rendered

    3. Luisa Vega 46 months ago | reply

      I'm in a total awe!!! this is so awesome!!!

    4. mamagotcha 37 months ago | reply

      Are you going to make this available as a poster? I'd buy it!

    5. GPMTZ [deleted] 36 months ago | reply

      This Lovely and Luminescent Photo Was Lavishly Admired In Our Group
      Luminosity and Light
      Luminosity and Light!

    6. arnistm 36 months ago | reply

      excellent !

      I saw this fantastic capture at:

      The Sky Theme - Post 1, Comment 3!
      Tag your photo with ”Sky Theme”.

    7. gneil45 AKA Neil Graham 36 months ago | reply

      I saw this fantastic capture at:

      The Sky Theme - Post 1, Comment 3!
      Tag your photo with ”Sky Theme”.

    8. Eve Livesey 36 months ago | reply

      Brilliant - the things you do for a photo ;-)
      Seen in:

      The Old Port

    9. stundenglas 36 months ago | reply

      This picture was well worth the effort, congrats!
      This Lovely and Luminescent Photo Was Lavishly Admired In Our Group
      Luminosity and Light
      Luminosity and Light!

    10. GeeQueue 36 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! Can you organise a chopper for me for my next shoot???

    11. Locutis 36 months ago | reply

      Ok newbie question...

      I've flown a few heli's and the words "stable" or "platform" do not come to mind.

      So... how did you line up all of those exposures so beautifully? If is that secret sauce?

      Love your stuff Trey.

    12. Terry Frederic 36 months ago | reply

      What a great opportunity to capture this truly awesome shot of Chicago!

    13. Amol Makode 25 months ago | reply

      Oh my god! This is brilliant!!!!

    14. May Harrington Photography 2011 23 months ago | reply

      OUTSTANDING Shot!!! Mahalo nui loa for putting up such GREAT work for us to savor :)

    15. Amerikai Nagykövetség 19 months ago | reply

      Dear Trey Ratcliff,

      We truly liked your photo and shared it in our Facebook album representing the 50 states of the U.S.! You can check it out at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150948993743979.44402....

      Thank you very much for providing it!

      Kind regards,
      U.S. Embassy Budapest

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