Everything’s green on St. Patrick’s day, and there’s a well know tradition of dyeing the Chicago River every year. Photographer Peter Tsai created a great timelapse of boats dyeing the Chicago River green. It views the river from two perspectives and high above, displaying the event in all its beauty.
Where I live, we don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s. But I’ve heard of this tradition they have in Chicago a few years ago, and I was amazed. Since then, I watch a couple of videos of dying the river every year. I think it looks magnificent, and maybe I’m childish – but it fascinates me that you can dye a river. After watching a few of this year’s videos, I’ve found my favorite.
Peter had a perfect place for shooting, and he covered a big part of the river. I think the timelapse is pretty well done (although simple), and I like that he didn’t oversaturate the river’s color in post-production. I love how the flow of color looks in water when it’s made as a timelapse. Like food dye in a glass of water.
If you were there when the Chicago River wad dyed, I’d love to see what you captured. And those of you who weren’t there, I hope you enjoyed this timelapse as much as I did.