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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!

2Jul/160

There be Whales Here! (Juneau, AK):

"Captain, There be whales here"!  Maybe it's the nerd in me but every time I see reference to a hump-back whale I think of Mr. Scott declaring that two  whales were beamed aboard the Enterprise in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.  The plot where Mr. Spock and the rest of the team race back in time to capture some whales to keep an alien probe from destroying earth.  If that doesn't make you think that these amazing creatures are important, then just go on a Whale Watching Excursion with Juneau Alaska outfitters "Gastineau Guiding".  After an awesome rainforest hike with biologist/naturalist "Van" who had some serious Alaska wilderness Kung Fu, we boarded a custom build whale watching boat with our guide Lindsey and Captain Scott (Ironic, I know) who got us in the thick of things with Whales, Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, and more Whales.  Here are the images I captured on the excursion.  Don't forget to click on the images to see them full size on your monitor!

The hike began in the wilderness where we go up close and personal with Alaska's rainforest.

Alaskan Rainforest (D3S, ISO800, f/6.3, 1/100th seconds, 14mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

We saw some awesome Flora/Fauna and learned all about its uses by the First Nations people of Alaska from Van:

Juneau Flora/Fauna (D3s, ISO1600, f/2.8, 1/500th second @ 14mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

The beach-combing with Van and Lindsey allowed us to enjoy the Juneau shore:

Juneau Shore Pano (D3s, ISO1600, f/2.8, 1/8000th second @24mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

Then after a short bus ride to a loading ramp we boarded the boat to find some whales.  Lindsey was amazingly knowledgeable about anything living in the waters around Juneau and made the ride interesting while Scott did some whale recon on the radio to the other boats to find some whale action.

We found these lazy sea-lions on the way out, where we learned the difference between sea-lions and seals.  The eagle was a nice touch hired by Gastineau  Guiding to make the scene more "Majestic" :).

Bed and Buoy (D3s, ISO800, f/4.8, 1/800th second @ 320mm through Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x adapter)

Then we got to see what we came for, humpback whales galore!  At one point when I was looking through the D3s at about 320mm I saw at least 4 blows from whales.  It was awesome!

Flukes on the Horizon (D3s, ISO800, f/4.8, 1/1000th second @ 150mm through Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x adapter)

There was one little calf who I think Lindsey referred to as "Smudge" because of the smear on the underside of his flukes that spent as much time out of the water breaching as he did under water.  An amazing show!

Breaching (D3s, ISO800, f/4.8, 1/1000th second @340mm through Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x adapter)


Whale Dancing (D3s, ISO800, f/4.8, 1/800th second @ 110mm through Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x adapter)


Belly Flop (D3s, ISO800, f/4.8, 1/1250th second @ 180mm through Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x adapter)


Flukes Galore (D3s, ISO800, f/4.8, 1/640th second @ 340mm through Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 with 1.7x adapter)

It was an amazing adventure made even better by Lindsey, Van, and Scott of Gastineau Guiding and thanks to Disney Cruise Lines.

Until the next image theft,

Enjoy!

 

Photogs Note:

Shooting whales is a lot like shooting action sports.  The trick is to keep your lens zoomed close to maximize your field of view and keep both eyes open to expand it even more.  When you see some action, be ready to zoom all the way in so you can capture the barnacles on their fins!  I keep track of my shutter speed while in aperture priority (A mode on Nikon) because I want to keep my depth of field as shallow as possible.  It's probably not a big deal on a cloudy day like this one but on a sunny day you could end up with a camera at f/8 or greater if you let the camera adjust aperture.  Not a huge deal when on the open ocean but this photog isn't as religious about keeping my sensor clean so at f/8 I end up cleaning a lot of dust spots off the photo which sucks.  However, you could easily put it in shutter priority (S mode on Nikon).  Either way keep your shutter speed above 1/500th of a second because you don't want any breaching whales to be blurry.  I also make sure that I put the lens in VR mode if you have it and set it for "Active" since you're on a pitching boat.  

All that being said, don't ruin the moment by spending the whole time looking through the viewfinder.  What I missed out on while getting these shots is seeing Julie and the boys enjoying the moment.  Something that really is more important than capturing images.  I screwed up but you don't have to.  We photographers sometimes forget that we need to spend some time watching the people you love enjoy the experience that you have provided too.  It's not all about getting the shot, you have to live and love a little too....

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!

24May/150

Jefferson Barracks (Digital Fine Art):

So its been ages since I posted on the blog. SEVEN months to be exact. Its hard to believe that something that was such a part of me has taken a back burner to other things. Its not that I haven't been engaged in photography. Lord knows that I have taken almost 7,000 images during that time, none of which were for me. Nothing artistic that inspired me to write about it. Until today....

Reverence of the Fallen (D3s, ISO200, HDR, f/5, 29mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

This single gravestone caught my attention and I immediately visualized the above image. A simple sepia with the colors of the flag peeking through under the contrast of the amazing God Sky. There was something about how the wind had wrapped the fallen Veterans flag around the side of the stone. It ever so lightly touched the blue and white roses of his Spouses flowers, similar to how a young soldier might lovingly touch his wife's cheek for the last time before he left home to die for his country.  It compelled me to sit down in the grass, on the edge of the sunlight, where I quickly and quietly shot the 5 images that make up the picture above.  Make sure you click on it with your mouse to experience it full size on your monitor.

 

Memorial Day Preparations by the Boy Scouts at Jefferson Barracks:

For 66 years (since 1949) the St. Louis Area Boy scouts have placed a single flag at the base of each grave stone on this hollowed ground. Today, over 4900 people walked quietly and reverently through this National Cemetery and showed their respects for the fallen through this solemn act honoring their sacrifice.  It was an amazing experience.....

Honoring the Colors (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, 1/4000sec, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70.

You can check out all the images I shot today HERE:

I promise not to stay away so long.

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!

20Feb/140

The High Desert (Sedona Red Rock):

Last weekend the family and I traveled to Phoenix for a baptism and we took a quick trip up to Sedona for some Jeep riding fun on the Broken Arrow Trail.  I purposely wanted to be there at sundown so I could capture the red rock flat top mesa's with the proper light.  The first image I shot right out of the camera from the Jeep was of the "Twisted Sisters", two trees screwed right out of the ground by the fabled Sedona Vortex Energy.  I thought they would be cool in Black and White so I didn't even mess with looking at them in color:

Twisted Sisters (D3S, ISO200, f/3.2, 1/320th, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8)

The light was fading fast and nothing is sweeter than direct warm light right on the red rocks of Sedona. Except maybe a handheld 5 exposure HDR image of those rocks!

Red Rock of Sedona (D3s, ISO200, f/3.2, HDR, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

The View From Submarine Rock (D3s, ISO200, f/6.3, HDR, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

Cupcake Rock (D3s, ISO400, f/6.3, HDR, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

Sedona at Sunset (D3s, ISO800, f/6.3, 66mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

And the final image was of a Tree I believe our driver referred to as the Persistence Tree. This poor creature was thousands of years old, had been struck by lightning thousands of years ago, and was still hanging in there. It was screaming B&W as well to finish off the set.

Persistence Tree (D3s, ISO800, f/3.2, 1/100th, 24mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

Remember to click on the images above to view them full size on your monitor. You'll be glad you did!

Until the next theft (Most Likely New York City).

Enjoy!

20Dec/130

Les Bourgeois Bistro (Missouri River View):

Recently I've made several trips across Missouri to visit my Mom in Kansas City. She took a little tumble several weeks back and has been recovering from breaking her hip. Typically these trips are over and back Marathons (3 hours there, visit 3 hours, return 3 hours) with most of the trip under the guise of darkness. I've travelled this route hundreds of times and I have never taken the opportunity to check out the little town of Rocheport until this past Sunday when I was able to take a little time and enjoy the winter wonderland that was provided the day before. Rocheport is a cute little river bluff town on the Missouri between Columbia and Booneville just north of I-70 and it is home to Les Bourgeois Winery.  Thanks to the wonder of a 4x4 vehicle, a penchant for trespassing, and nobody around, I was able to snag the following image from the overlook patio of the Blufftop Bistro:

Missouri Bluff View (D3s, ISO 125, f/22@45mm, 1/125th sec through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens)

The sky was a little blaze but the sunburst from being at f/22 made things a little more exciting. And showed me that I have some serious sensor cleaning to do!

Here is what the Blufftop Bistro looked like under the camouflage of winter snow:

Blufftop Bistro (D3s, ISO125, f/14@70mm, 1/320th second through Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8)

Make sure you click on the images to check them out full size on your monitor.  I definitely need to go back when I can stay and sample their food and wine!

Until the next image theft, enjoy!

 

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.

 

30Sep/130

Night Soccer (HDR/Digital Fine Art):

I know its been several months since a post but unfortunately the photography has taken a back seat to at least a dozen other Family and Career obligations.  However, I often do get a chance to combine a few of these "obligations" and the results can be pretty cool.  Sunday night JD had a soccer game that ran into the evening.  It was the perfect storm for creativity (No Pun Intended).  Rain, Lights, Mist, Blue Hour, Soccer, Tree's, and a little god sky for good measure.  Goaaaaaaallllll!

To insure crisp sports images, I had to ditch the Nikkor TC-17E2 1.7X adapter and was living at f/2.8 and almost 16000 ISO most of the time to get the shutter above 1/400th of a second through the Nikkor 70-200mm.  A lesser camera than the D3S would have gone back to the car before the game began but the ISO capability on this beast is simply amazing.  Once things got really dark and high quality action shots was almost impossible due to the low light, I resorted to a little long exposure 5 image HDR, hand held against a fence.  Here is the result:

Night Soccer (D3s, ISO1600, f/2.8, 70mm through Nikkor 70-200mm, HDR)

Night Soccer (D3s, ISO1600, f/2.8, 70mm through Nikkor 70-200mm, HDR)

Be sure to click on the image to see it full scale in your monitor. I think you will agree that the noise reduction of an HDR at ISO 1600 is nothing short of remarkable.

Until the next image theft (Hopefully soon),

2Jun/130

Poor Man’s Safari (Disney Animal Kingdom):

The family spent 5 days in Orlando at Walt Disney World and I have to say, I was very impressed with the place.  They spared no expense on going after the "Feel" of a real experience.  At the Animal Kingdom I spent quite a bit of time in Africa and Asia and we all had a tremendous time.  The Kilimanjaro Safari was a fun ride through their animal park on a simulated Safari and we had a great time.  I did manage to steal a couple of HDR's (High Dynamic Range) of the Serengeti.  The truck would stop on occasion to give us a better look at the animals and I was lucky enough to be on the perfect side to capture a few images.  Make sure you click on them to see them full scale on your monitor!

The Disney Serengeti (D3S, ISO200, HDR, f/2.8, 70mm through Nikkor 24-70mm)

I wished I had my 70-200mm lens for this ride but it just wasn't reasonable to lug it around the park for a few pictures and have to deal with it on Roller-Coasters and such.  The 24-70mm had to go multi-purpose.

I also managed to steal this image of a Giraffe pruning the low hanging branches.

Pruning (D3s, ISO200, 70mm, HDR, f/2.8 through Nikkor 24-70mm)

I would have loved to bring the Trinity along (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm) but it is just too much to carry around for 12 hours a day.

I'm going to be milking these Disney Images for a few posts so stay tuned!

Ralph.

27May/130

The Doublegun (Digital Fine Art):

One of the finest things that a person can own is a finely crafted double barrel shotgun.  Being an upland hunter, an engineer, and a photographer means that I can truly appreciate the functionality, the mechanical simplicity, and the true craftsmanship that goes into a shotgun.  I was recently asked if I could shoot a few images for a sporting clays event flyer and I obliged with a few images from the venue and used the opportunity to take a couple of images of my DeHaan Turkish handmade shotgun.  Although I will probably never have the desire or the funds to drop tens of thousands of dollars on a bespoke English shotgun, this particular one was "Affordable".  The engraving and craftsmanship are amazing.

The Turkish Double (D3S, ISO200, f/8, 1/60th, through Nikkor 35mm f/1.4)

Make sure you click on the image to enjoy it full size on your monitor.  Oh, I almost forgot, it shoots fantastic too!

Until the next image theft, Enjoy!

27Apr/130

Taxi Cab Confessions (Not Really):

So while in NY I blew about 150 bucks on cab rides.  I walked about 25 miles too but I did take a taxi when I wasn't sure where the heck I was going or whether the area would be safe at night etc.  I don't know what it is but there is something about a yellow taxi that screams NY.  I also wanted to have some sort of HDR image that had the "Broadway" street sign in it.  Here is the result.  A 3 image HDR shot of a taxi blasting by in Times Square....

Taxxiiii (D3s, ISO1600, f/5.6, HDR, Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 prime)

If you want to check it out full size on your monitor, just click on it. You will notice that it is not very sharp because it was handheld at shutter speeds around 1/25th and 1/50th. I think it still turned out kinda cool even though its not print worthy.

And here is a straight up image to go with it.

Zoom (D3s, ISO400, 1/50th, f/5.6, Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G Prime)

Until the next image theft...

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!

11Mar/130

Strathalbyn Road (B&W Fine Art):

The other day I had an event planning meeting at a wonderful private shooting club called Strathalbyn. I'll be doing shoot there in the spring for a Sporting Clays event brochure for the Saint Louis Council of Construction Consumers (SLCCC) so stay tuned! On the way out, I stole the following image of the road leaving the farm for the forgotten roads series. I knew I was going to convert it to black and white and do some Tilt-Shift effect so I setup for it. I wanted kind of a different crop for the road and tree and here is the result:

Strathalbyn Road (D3S, ISO200, HDR, f/9@18mm through Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8)

I took a bracket of 9 images, imported them into Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.0 and then converted it to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. To get the Tilt/Shift effect I used OnOne's Focal Point 2.1 and tweaked the image until I got the balance of blur and contrast I wanted.

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