For the past couple of years, I’ve been a little obsessed with getting a great photo of the Michigan City lighthouse with Chicago in the distance. I’ve tried a few times and failed, mostly because very clear skies are needed. A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of the Chicago skyline taken from the Indiana Dunes. I decided to return to Michigan City and try for a similar photo, but this time incorporating the Chicago skyline into a lighthouse photo.
There are only a couple of times a year when the sun sets behind the Chicago skyline, as well as lining up with the lighthouse in Michigan City. The week of August 20-26 looked like a good week. So when we arrived on August 23, I was excited to see that the sky was very clear. I could see the Chicago skyline from Washington Park in Michigan City, where the lighthouse is located. I decided to use my Sigma 150-600mm lens, and hoped for a good sunset.
As the sun went down, it was clear it was going to be a special night. The sun dropped right behind the Sears/Willis Tower, and the sky turned orange. It was windy, and there were quite a few larger waves on the lake. I took many photos, but I think the one below is the best.