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26May/170

The 1908 Barn (Digital Fine Art):

I've got to get back in the habit of Blogging. Life is getting in the way and my photography has suffered. We are going to start slow and then dive into this thing. I apologize in advance if the images are of sports, model airplanes, and other competing activities with my photography.

When I travel to Hobart, NY it is usually bitter sweet. It's usually for daylong meetings discussing the latest engineering and manufacturing challenges in the pharmaceutical industry. The bonuses are the fun and interesting people you attend with and the photographic and visual eye candy. This is a target rich environment for someone who likes old structures and amazing landscapes.

The 1908 barn is a very unassuming structure on Highway 23 in the little town of Davenport, NY between Oneonta and Stamford. Usually when I drive past this location the sky is lame-O, the light is bad, and the field next to it is plowed and rather boring (Nobody wants an image of dirt). Most of the time the leaves on the bushes in the foreground of the image are grown up and obtrusive to the landscape. Other times I just don't want to die standing on the side of Highway 23 to get an image! This is a great example of making sure to visit a location multiple times a year to get an eventual payoff.

You certainly have to be in the right place at the right time.

The 1908 Barn (Leica M, ISO200, 1/350th at f/8, through the Zeiss 28mm ZM)

Sharpened, color corrected, and mildly enhanced in Lightroom.

Don't forget to click on the image above and see it full size on your monitor!

Until the next image theft (Hopefully Soon). Enjoy!

1Jul/160

The Barns of Delaware County, NY (Digital Fine Art):

I have traveled to Hobart, NY at least 100 times for work since about 1998. Hobart, The self proclaimed "Book village of the Catskills" is located smack dab at the beginning of the Delaware river in Delaware county. It is a small sleepy little town that happens to be home to one of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals (The day job) facilities. In the past, I never took the time to explore the area in search of images because the Nikon D3S was just too much to deal with when traveling light and fast for work. The Leica M 240 has changed that in the sense that I carry it with me at all times. I upgraded to the ONA "Brixton" briefcase which is more of a camera bag with a sleeve for the iPad Pro. It works and it allows me to carry a real camera at all times. The Leica has opened my eyes to how beautiful the area is and forced me to get off the beaten path looking for one of my favorite things to photograph, Old barns, churches, and other structures. Make sure you click on them with your mouse to enjoy them in full sized glory.

I race past this little gem at 80mph+ everyday...

The Little Barn in Harpersfield (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/180th second through Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar ZM)


The Little Barn in Harpersfield (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/350th second through Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 Sonnar ZM)


Abandoned Next to Center Brook (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/350th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon ZM)

I happened across this old barn on County Road 29 in Jefferson, NY. Its distressed barnwood was calling out for a high contrast de-saturated image!

The Old Barn on 29 (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/250th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon, ZM)

This Christian Church caught my attention so I stopped to shoot it on the way to Delhi, NY. When I saw that it was named "The Christian Church at Fitches Bridge" I had to find the bridge they were referring to.

The Christian Church at Fitches Bridge (Leica M240, ISO200, f/5.6, 1/25th seconds through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon ZM)

I totally scored When I found out that Fitches Bridge was a covered bridge! It was lightly raining and very cloudy.

Fitches Bridge (Leica M240, ISO200, f/4, 1/25th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon ZM)

Little did I know that when you cross Fitches Bridge you enter a little slice of rural heaven. By this time it wasn't just slightly raining, it was turning into a downpour. I was losing light and the rain was starting to soften my images. I managed to capture a nice panoramic of Maple Shade Farm before the elements and dinner plans ended the exploration.

Maple Shade Farm (Leica M240, ISO200, f/5.6, 1/12th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 Biogon ZM)

Next time I visit Hobart, NY I'll definately be crossing back over Fitches Bridge to explore what else this awesome old Dairy Mecca of the Catskills has to offer.

Until the next Image Theft,

Enjoy!

25Jun/160

Vancouver BC (Street Photography):

Vancouver is definitely very walking/cycling friendly, a trait that I envy. I would love to ride my bike to work and live in a city that was so connected and less sprawling than St. Louis. There are a ton of little treasures found while walking around the city.  Take this little building I found while walking back to the Fairmont from Stanley park. It was screaming for a high contrast black and white and the Leica didn't fail me.

Glass Houses (Leica M240, ISO200, f/2.8, 1/250th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM

I'm a fan of geometry and I love to find a structure with a ton of it and just tilt the camera. Here is a great example:

Symmetry (Leica M240, ISO200, F/2.8, 1/500th second through Zeiss 28mm F/2.8 ZM)

The one thing that Vancouver is not lacking is odd geometry and awesome structural creativity. Sometimes its fun to just look "UP". Here is a great example.

Look Up (Leica M240, ISO20, f/2.8, 1/1500th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM)

I have a friend that shoots a lot of street photography and his mantra is, "Always shoot a fountain when you find one". Here is my "Fountain" shot:

Always Shoot The Foutain (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/90th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM)

It may seem cliche for a photog but I love the contrast of an "Old" structure reflected in the windows of a "NEW" structure. When I see it I always have to shoot it. When I can incorporate organic help from a tree its instant awesome:

Old and New (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/180th through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM)

When your walking and you see a funky "Space Needle-ish-thingy" you gotta shoot it. and when its just peeking its head through the other structures with trees its perfect. Convert it to high contrast black and white and you nailed it.

Space Needle-Ish-Thingy (Leica M240, ISO200, f/8, 1/180th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM)

Photogs Note:

I am LOVING the Leica. There is something about the manual focus viewfinder that I find forces me to take my time. Manual focus is more work but with the D3s I find myself rolling in, pounding out a bracket of images from -5 to +5 EV and running to the next shot. It's the "Assault Camera" and practically requires a background check before you take it with you. The Leica is my "Art" camera and quickly becoming my favorite. Incidentally, all the B&W images are converted using NIK Silver Efex Pro 2, which is owned by Google or some shit now. Make sure you click on the images to see them in all their full size glory on your monitor.

Until the next image theft,

Enjoy!

24Jun/160

Fairmont – Vancouver, BC (The Castle in the City):

Vancouver Canada was the port in which the Grant family embarked upon their big summer vacation, a wonderful Disney Cruise aboard the "Wonder". I've always wanted to spend some time here after a brief business trip back in 2002 when I took notice of the great architectural features dropped smack into an amazing Oceanside Forest. I knew that there would be some great opportunities to steal some images here so I made sure that our vacation itinerary included a couple of days to explore a little of what this great Canadian city had to offer.  Although I literally have Millions of Hilton Honors Points thanks to a lifetime of engineering travel, we decided to splurge a little on the Hotel knowing we would be on a ship for 7 days.

Enter the Fairmont Hotel at the corner of West Georgia and Burrard, also known as the Castle in the City.  Remember to click on the images with your mouse to see them full size on your monitor!

The Castle (Leica M240, ISO200, f/4, 1/750th second through the Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM)

 

The Castle from West Georgia (Leica M240, ISO200, f/4, 1/2000th second through Zeiss 28mm f/2.8 ZM)

This fantastic Art Deco building designed by Archibald and Schofield opened in 1939 and felt central to a lot of great places.  Even the view from the building demonstrated a nice example of Vancouver's more modern architecture:

The View (Leica M240, ISO200, f/9, 1/60th second through the Zeiss f/2.8 28mm ZM)

The bar at Notch 8 (Named from the fastest speed on a locomotive throttle) posed as an equally great subject for photography as well.  Their dinner was fantastic also!

Notch 8 Bar (Leica M240, ISO800, f/3.4, 1/15th second through Zeiss 28MM f/2.8 ZM)

Photogs Note:

Its time to kick this thing off again. I have been very lax in blogging. This will be the first of several blogs from the vacation to get the habit going again.  To be honest, Facebook has been just so damn easy to share images with friends.  That being said, I don't feel like I can share the photography techniques and inspiration on there with the non-Photogs so I'm anxious to get back to this.

Until the next image theft,

Enjoy!

11Oct/140

Las Vegas (Just Look Up):

Sometimes you just have to look straight up.  You'll be surprised at what you might find....

Wynn Ceiling (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR Through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

I love to see how symmetrical I can frame images like these "in camera" without using crop in Lightroom. Sometimes you succeed!

Venetian Sky (D3s, ISO400, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye(

Rotunda Skylight (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

Its not often you have a view above you like this at "The Mall"!

This is a mall? (D3s, ISO800, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

I wanted to ride this bad boy at night but it just wasn't in the Cards. Pun intended!

High Roller (D3s, ISO200, f/5, 24mm through Nikkor f/2.8 14-24mm)

Until the next image theft! Enjoy!

8Oct/140

Las Vegas Indoor (Architecture Fisheye Study)

Interior spaces in Las Vegas are awe inspiring. In the more opulent areas no expense was spared to maintain a visual theme. They were meant to be explored. There is no better lens to document a vast space in a creative way like the fisheye. Make sure you click on the images below to experience them full size in your monitor!

This restaurant in the Wynn Casino was extremely interesting. These parisols were rising and falling from the ceiling so getting a crisp shot required a lot of light, provided by the glass wall in the rear. The interesting curves were further enhanced by the fisheye.

Parisol Down in the Wynn (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

This little restaurant called La Cave was reminiscent of a wine tasting cellar. I shot this through the glass when the restaurant was completely dark. The low ISO capability of the D3s never ceases to amaze me. Yes thats right, the notes below the image say ISO 3200!

La Cave (D3s, ISO3200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

The scale, detail, texture, and lighting of the grand hallways outside the ballrooms in the Wynn were amazing. The fisheye does an excellent job of capturing the vast scale of the space.

Wynn Grand Hallway (D3s, ISO400, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

The Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian were amazing as well.

Canal Shoppes at the Venetian (D3s, ISO400, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

When you see the fantastic space at Todd English's "Olives" restaurant at the Bellagio, you have to go in for a cocktail and check out the fountains on the veranda. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed but they had nibbles at the bar.

Olives Restaurant at the Bellagio (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye

You can't finish without a shot of the Shoppes at Caesars Palace. This isn't your typical Mall!

How Caesar would Shop (D3s, ISO800, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

Photogs Note:

Why the Fisheye you ask?  It distorts the crap out of everything you say!  The secret to the Fisheye is Hyper Focal Length.  At 10.5mm and f/2.8 I can focus on something 4 feet away and everything from about 2 feet to infinity is sharp as a tack in focus.  Everything.  Obviously this is not a lens you want to shoot the bride with unless you want her to look like a horse.  However, for outdoor spaces and complex vast indoor spaces where a little distortion can be considered "artistic" it is a great lens.  At f/2.8 it gathers a ton of light, at f/16 it starbursts the sun like the best of them, and it smaller size make it a pleasure to bolt onto the D3s and run around with.  Did I mention almost 180 degrees of image viewing angle.  The only downside is that you better keep your fingers back when framing if you don't want them in the picture.  In moderation its a great lens!

6Oct/140

Las Vegas Blvd (Fisheye Study):

Every now and again you realize there is a piece of glass in your bag that doesn't get a whole lotta love. The lonely Fisheye got the call for my recent trip to Vegas. As everyone knows, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" so unless your 4 idiots in a Wolfpack, the camera is better used for landscapes than portraiture. I decided that since just about everything is on a grand scale in Las Vegas, the fisheye would be a fun lens to capture the amazing structures on the strip (Inside and Out). Here are a few of the outdoor images I stole. Make sure you click on them with your mouse to experience them full size on your monitor!

There could be tougher views for a Gargoyle at the Venetian..

Gargoyle view from the Venetian (D3s, ISO400, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

Paris Nevada (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

Sometimes you have to take another look from a cooler location:

Paris Nevada from the Shade (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

The money invested in the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Mirage, The Flamingo, Bally's, Harrah's, The Cromwell, and Paris is incredible:

Big Dogs of the Strip (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR Through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

In my next post I'll share with you some fun techniques for interior spaces with the fisheye!

Until the next image theft...

17Dec/130

A Rare Beauty (Digital Fine Art):

Anyone who has done anything for a long time will get stale and their passion fades.  If you have followed this blog long enough you know that there hasn't been an effort to obtain an artistic image here since back in March of 2013.  To be honest, until recently I really haven't had the energy or passion to go out and capture an image for the sake of finding something artistic, and burning it into digital form.  All of my photographs since March have been creative layups captured during a family event or childs sporting event.  To be clear, for at least nine months I have been a disimpassioned poser, not a photographer.

Capturing images for the purpose of sale is a very interesting endeavor.  It has always fascinated me to see the types of images that stir peoples soul and entice them to purchase.  A persons love of an image can be simply because of its artistic value, the color rendition or lack thereof, the angle chosen by the photographer, the uniqueness of the crop,  the creativity of the use of depth of field, or most importantly the images ability to stir your memory of an event or person.

As a photog, sometimes you have to be pushed to work at capturing a photograph.  Prodded out of your laziness by someone else if you will.  Challenged beyond a poser.  The image in this post had potential when I walked past it at the Missouri Botanical Gardens Glow, but I passed on it at first.  It took another person, a good friend to literally shove me into capturing it.  Often we don't realize how amazing something can be until we are shown by another person.

A Rare Beauty (Almost Missed) (D3S, F/4, Handheld HDR, ISO12,800, @24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm lens)

Make sure you click on the image above to experience it full size on your screen.

 Photogs Note:

What the heck is so special about this image you ask?  Simple.  For me the symbolism of the warm glow of the lights hanging from this lonely tree will remind me that its possible to find warmth out in the winter cold and the amazing beauty that can be discovered if you allow someone to show it to you.  It is an image that I will cherish deeply for the rest of my life.  It will forever remind me of a rare beauty I found in a frozen garden of thorns. And who knows, with a little luck in the future, maybe my friend can point out some more images before I keep walking past them.

 

26Apr/130

Times Square (Digital Fine Art):

Spent a couple of days at the Interphex Pharmaceutical Equipment Show in NY and managed to get out and shoot a few images. It was a busy couple of days with meetings and events so I didn't stray very far from the fabled times Square. Here is a little HDR to commemorate this historic location.

D3S, ISO200, 1/2000 @ f/1.4 through Nikkor 35mm f/1.4)

These images were all captured with the new Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 prime. What a tack sharp lens this copy is. I cannot wait to use it for some serious portrait work in the future.

Photogs Note:

So how the heck can the above image be so tack sharp if it was shot at f/1.4?  Isn't the depth of field of a lens very shallow on a fast lens at this f-stop?  The secret is understanding hyper-focal length and the depth of field of wide glass.  Google it to understand it fully!  Based on a little calculation work using the DOFMaster App for the iPhone I had pre-determine what the hyperfocal distance was for my new lens.  In a nutshell, the hyper-focal length is the distance in which your lens is in focus to infinity.  You simply calculate the hyper-focal distance (About 95 feet in this case) and everything from about 48 feet to infinity is tack ass in focus.  It is a huge tool to use for street photography etc.  You can go to www.dofmaster.com for free online caculators etc.  The wider your lens the greater the depth of field.  For example, on my Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 wide open, if I focus on something about 8 feet away, everything from 7 feet to infinity is in focus.  You don't even have to worry about focusing unless you are trying to capture things closer than 7 feet!  Another great use of this technique is at a football or soccer game.  Lets say you are at the 50 yard line at a football game with your Nikkor 70-200mm lens and want to capture the goaline action without worrying about focusing quickly.  All you do is focus on the goal marker and everything from 5 yards out to 5 yards in the endzone is tack focused since the DOF is about 30 feet or 10 yards.  Its an awesome technique I use all the time.  Try it sometime!

4Mar/130

The Central Library Re-Opening (St. Louis, MO):

In 1912 Cass Gilbert opened his gift to St. Louis Architecture when the 200,000 square foot Central library was unveiled to the world. For a century, this magnificent library provided an unparalleled collection of over 4.7 Million pieces whose purpose was intended to educate the people of Downtown St. Louis in both literature and the rich regional historical information. In the spring of 2010, the library was closed to undergo a massive restoration project intended to both modernize and prepare it for another Century of duty. Cannon Design, an architectural firm with an office here in St. Louis who I've personally used for numerous projects at Mallinckrodt successfully led the effort and reopened it in December of 2012. I finally found the time to document its beauty. Here is the result. Make sure you select the images with your mouse to enjoy them full size on your monitor....

This great hall was amazing. I would have studied it more but the D3S sounded like a 50 caliber Browning Machine Gun and every time I fired off a bracket of 9 I got evil looks from the two people without their ipod headphones in.

The Great Central Room (D3s, ISO1600, f/9, HDR, 21mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

From the Bench (D3s, ISO400, f/5, HDR, 14mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

This area had a unique lighting system at the ends of the bookshelves that reflected off the jackets of the books. It looked amazing. I bet it would be really cool at night!

Illuminated Bookshelves (D3s, ISO400, f/4.5, HDR, 14mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

The inscription above the entrance to the great hall reads, "Speak Low. Tread Softly through theses Halls. Here Genius Lives Enshrined. Here Reign in Silent Majesty The Monarchs of the Mind."

Incredible Ceilings (D3s, ISO800, f/5, HDR, 17mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

Incredible Ceilings (D3s, ISO800, f/4.5, HDR, 15mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

I was going for an architectural rendering type of feel with these next two images...

Modern Spaces (D3s, ISO800, f/6.3, HDR, 14mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

Natural Lighting (D3s, ISO800, f/6.3, HDR, 14mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

I had to capture these three checking out their books. It was three generations of library goers. The Father, Son, and Grandson. This is what a 100year library is about. Generations to enjoy it!

Three Generations of Knowlege (D3s, ISO400, f/5, HDR, 24mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

When the weather is nicer and the snow is gone, I'll do a shoot of the exterior this Summer to complete the collection.

Until the next image theft, Enjoy!

2Mar/130

Museum Park Towers:

One of the things that I love about the big city environment is the presence of modern high-rise architecture.  Don't get me wrong, I love a beautiful old building but you have to admit, there is a place for the modern lines and shapes that a new structure brings.  The "Museum Park Towers" sit at the edge of Grant Park in Chicago and are perfect examples of great structures.  If I had 1.2MM laying around I'd like to live in one of the penthouse condo's at the top of these beauties.  The view of Lake Michigan has to be amazing.....

Museum Park Towers

Museum Park Towers (D3S, ISO400, f/8.0, 28mm through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

Museum Park East and West

Museum Park East and West (D3S, ISO200, f/4.0, HDR, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

The sky was a really crappy grey all day and when we were walking by these beauties, the sky began to cooperate so I stole these images.  Five frames, handheld and converted to HDR using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2.  Sharpening and Upload from Lightroom 4.  Total effort of about 2 minutes......

Until the next image theft.

 

22Feb/130

The Field Museum (Home of the T-Rex):

It doesn't matter what it is, anything made in 1893 has style.  The details in architecture from that era are phenomenal.  From the bronze doors of the Field Museum to its ornate marble stonework its amazing in every way.  Not to sound cliché but they just don't build anything like this anymore.  Being a project manager who constructs a LOT of stuff, if you proposed something like this these days they would probably laugh you out of the freakin' room.  "Excuse me, how much for the bronze door and ornate marble stone work Mr. Grant"?  "What if we just tossed up some prefabricated eastern hemisphere made Masonite crap, nailed some brickmolding around it and slathered on some White latex paint and called it good"?  Thank god William Peirce Anderson, the architect of the Field Museum did not cave under pressure.

The Field Museum

The Field Museum (D3s, ISO400, HDR, f/5.6 @ 40mm through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

Although the image above says that the field museum was constructed in 1893, it is a bit misleading. The original museum was erected for the 1893 worlds fair but that building was only built to last no more than one summer. The original was literally fenced off to protect visitors from falling mortar. It was commissioned to be rebuilt at its present site and construction began in 1915. After a brief delay to be repurposed into a hospital in 1918 to support the World War One effort, it was completed in May of 1921 after a $7MM expenditure.  I am assuming that this door was relocated to the new museum as part of the project.  Make sure you click on these images with your mouse to experience them full size on your monitor to appreciate the detail of this structure!

You can't post any image of the interior of the Field Museum without featuring a couple of its inhabitants.  The most famous being Sue, the T-Rex.

Sue

Sue (D3s, ISO800, HDR, f/5.6 @ 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

I'm sure she was a pretty hot dinosaur in her day but she seems a little boney to me......

I'll get back there this Summer and do a study of the outside of the building when its not 19 degrees.

Until then, Enjoy!

20Feb/130

John Hancock Building (B&W):

A trip to Chicago is not complete without having brunch at the Signature Room of the Hancock Building. This trip was no exception!  On the way in it was absolutely freakin' polar and I managed to snag this handheld 5 image HDR exposure from the base of the tower.  I was pretty happy with how sharp it turned out considering a couple of the images were at around 1/20th of a second in wind gusts of 20 miles per hour! I got one chance to frame it and nail it. The family was not interested in standing around waiting on my artistic juices to flow. Although, as cold as it was it would have been more like an artistic slushy!

Hancock Building

Hancock Building (D3S, ISO200, f/10, HDR, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

Remember to click on it to view it full size on your monitor! This image was a 5 exposure HDR processed in NIK HDR Efex Pro 2 and converted to B&W in NIK Silver Efex Pro 2. Two minutes of processing for my signature black and white look....

The view from up top is just as impressive!  The tall tower in middle is the Trump tower and the Willis (Sears) Tower is on the far right.  This shot was from our table.  I didn't even have to get up to see that!

Signature View

Signature View (D32, ISO200, f/10, 1/30th, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

Enjoy!

19Feb/130

Agora Sculpture in Grant Park (Digital Fine Art):

This past weekend I traveled with the family to Chicago to visit with my wife's wonderful sister Kate. One of the things I love about going to places with a camera and venturing on foot is that it forces you to see things you typically would not notice. I have been to Chicago dozens of times and have driven past Grant Park at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt probably 50 times. Each of those times I was busy concentrating on the heavy traffic and bustling my way to some event at Soldier Field or McCormick Place. This time I was walking and noticed a really cool Polish sculpture by Magdalena Abakanowicz called Agora. Agora consists of 106 headless and armless 9' sculptures cast from a solid seamless piece of iron. Each piece has been allowed to rust and has been cast with a tree-bark like texture. Agora is in reference to the urban meeting places of the Ancient Greeks. To me the sculpture represented the many people in today's society that simply muddle through life in a chaotic fashion, don't really seem to be using their head and never put their hands to work either. There are people around who simply exist.

 

Here is my interpretation of Agora. Remember to click on it and view it full size on your monitor.

Agora

Agora (D3S, ISO200, HDR, f/4, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8)

I thought it was pretty ironic that the last sculpture I captured (Eros Bendato) was by another polish artist named Igor Mitoraj back in the City Garden in St. Louis.  I think that we need to get Igor and Magdelena together and at least get these guys some heads....

 

Photog's Notes:

When I saw Agora I was walking toward the Field Museum with the Grant Boyz, my wife, and sister.  It was a balmy 19 degrees and everyone was frozen.  I had about 40 seconds to setup the camera for a 7 frame HDR, compose my image, and take the shot.  I was CERTAIN when I saw the piece that this was going to be a black and white image.  As you can see, I was dead wrong.  The sky was reasonable for a blah winter day so I decided that it would make the best backdrop for the image.  I was fairly confident that the texture and complexity of the sculpture just wouldn't work with a busy Chicago Skyline in the background so I didn't even attempt it.  On the off-chance that the image would not be converted to Black and White I went ahead and set my white balance to Incandescent to force the sky into a nuclear blue hour looking hue even though the image was stolen around 3:00 in the afternoon.  I wrapped myself around the D3S in my best solid hold and fired these seven shots from -3 to +3 EV.  The image above is the result.  One shot one kill.  Gotta love 100%.  It is always better to be lucky than good.

I haven't had a lot of time to go shooting lately so I'm going to be milking the images from this trip for at least 2 or 3 more posts!  More to come!

Until the next image theft....

Enjoy

19Nov/120

Photographic Distraction (The Powder Room):

It seems that the only images coming from the camera this fall were of boys playing soccer, cub scouting excursions, and a few portrait sessions of friends.  Not a single landscape in the bunch.  Why?  It wasn't the rain like last year.  We had a phenomenal autumn with vibrant colors abound.  The weather was fantastic, screaming for mountain bike excursions every weekend.  I didn't do that either.  Call it just all around crappy timing or my penance for neglecting my household duties but I spent my fall in the bathroom.  All of my free time was wasted in a 6'x5' room in lieu of HDR images, Mountain Biking, and hunting.  I'm happy to say that the bathroom is finished.  Probably just in time for crappy weather!

Here is an HDR of "Julies Powder-Room" to commemorate and serve as at least one HDR image in November.

Julies Powder-Room

Julies Powder-Room (D3S, ISO200, f/9.0, HDR, 10.5mm through 10.5mm Fisheye)

Even dug out the old Nikkor Fisheye as well!

Stay tuned for some upland hunting images from the day after Thanksgiving...

Until the next image theft, enjoy!