I think it's a great idea, and I've been on the Chicago Architecture Foundation's architectural river (boat) tour, but I agree with Milosh on a few of his points. People may not mind paying the $15 or so for the cruise, but the boat is always moving, and the best shots go by very fast. It's difficult to get a great shot unless you're really fast on the shutter button (on a moving boat!) and it's a super-clear, bright and windless day.
Soon this will be a moot point, as it's going to be too cold, gray and crappy to take a boat tour. The Architectural Foundation's boat tours ended in October, and I've never taken the others, so I can't speak to their quality. The CAF's tours are the best, and they resume in April. Maybe something to do in Spring/Summer of 2013....?
0 · November 26, 2012
I think this is a good idea, but what I've seen in the past in other groups is that people don't want to commit to paying for a cruise. I've also taken some of the cruises and water taxis and found that the shooting is difficult, because the boats don't stop, and the most dramatic images come either early in the morning or at dusk, and with cloudy skies, making for long shutter speeds.
I had the idea of renting one of those little electric boats, I'm guessing they hold 10 people or so. If people are up for that, I'll look into it more, just leave a comment here. We have to act fast, the weather will soon be nasty.
1 · October 11, 2012