Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - Chicago, Illi­nois 41¡53'N 87¡37'W Pho­to­graph by Nick Ulivieri —Si­mon Mur­ray

How do you take shots seem­ingly above ca­reen­ing stunt pilots dur­ing the Chicago Air & Wa­ter Show? Easy. You get to the high­est van­tage point: in this case, the ob­ser­va­tory at the top of the John Han­cock Cen­ter. On a nor­mal day dur­ing the sum­mer, but espe­cially dur­ing this two-day fes­ti­val—with sky­divers leav­ing col­or­ful plumes in their earth-bound de­scents and U.S. Navy Blue Angels boom­ing across the sky­line—space along the lake­front be­comes a highly prized pos­ses­sion. This places boat own­ers in a fe­lic­i­tous po­si­tion, as they drop an­chor and watch the drama un­fold above North Av­enue Beach and Lake Michigan (Au­gust 19-20). Pho­tog­ra­pher Nick Ulivieri has cap­tured the ac­tion for the past eight or so years, shoot­ing from boat, beach, and pre­cip­i­tous heights us­ing a 400-mil­lime­ter lens. Of those lo­ca­tions, how­ever, shoot­ing from the ob­ser­va­tory might be his fa­vorite place. (His un­of­fi­cial ti­tle there is photo am­bas­sador.) “I don’t see too many air­show pho­tos where the pho­tog­ra­pher is higher than the air­craft it­self,” says Ulivieri. Although he’s quick to add “a boat can pro­vide some re­ally awe­some views, too.” He tries to get there around 9 a.m. and stay un­til the early af­ter­noon, tak­ing as many pic­tures in be­tween as he can and only go­ing home to edit. In this shot, Ulivieri cap­tures the Team Or­a­cle stunt plane corkscrew­ing as on­look­ers test their max­i­mum pas­sen­ger ca­pac­i­ties. Says Ulivieri, “I kind of like the way the smoke trail winds its way around most of the boats.”

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