The Races Of Man

Last weekend, I spent a morning here at Holliday Park in Indianapolis near Broad Ripple. I found this place when browsing Google Maps for places to photograph in and around Indy. The ruins that make up the centerpiece for this park caught my attention. These Indiana limestone statues that sit atop the columns here in the park used to reside on Broadway in New York City as the facade of the St. Paul Building. When they decided it was time to renovate, the sculptures were donated to the park that was under construction here in Indy. The sculptor is Karl Bitter and the park is need of help to realize the vision that was intended for these works of art. The reflecting pool is dry and the installation seems to be crumbling away in what is an otherwise beautiful park. Though the ruins make a cool photo, I think it would be even cooler to see them displayed properly. If you want to learn more about the plans for the park and the strange journey these sculptures have made please visit here.

The Ruins at Holliday Park including the sculptures,

 

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Think I could talk them into updating their website photo? Hard to believe we were in Florida just 5 months ago. I’ve been lucky to get to a lot of places these past couple years and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Right now I am planning a rather ambitious schedule for the rest of 2013. We will see how it all pans out!

 

A night view of the main section of Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World

 

 

Christian Science Church – Boston

After browsing through Google Images and Google Maps prior to my trip to Boston last year, I put this on my ‘must shoot’ list, especially since it was a short walk from where I’d be staying. This is a fabulous park with a reflecting pool that extends the length of the grounds. It was perfect at night catching the lights from the city in the water. The older, original church is nestled in between the Prudential Building and the newer Mother Church.

 

Christian Science Mother Church and reflecting pool

 

Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 20 second Exposure @ f/5.6, 16mm Focal Length and ISO 200

I actually took 3 bracketed exposures for this shot, but threw out the -1 and 0 exposures. I liked +1 the best due to the sky having more motion to it. And it was not so overexposed in any area that I was unable to bring back the details in the highlights. After some initial treatment in Lightroom, the image was exported to Photoshop and I used some NIK Color EFX Pro to bring out the details and contrast. OnOne’s Perfect Effects was also used to give the night scene a bit of glow. Final adjustments were back in Lightroom, including a touch more clarity and a gradient filter placed roughly over the water to bring out the reflection a bit more.

Stata Sundog

Give me some unique architecture – the crazier, the better- and I can spend hours photographing it. This place, in particular – The Stata Center, on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts is about as wild as it gets. Designed by Frank Gehry and opened up in 2004, this by far has been my favorite Gehry building to photograph… so far.

 

On this day, my brother and I were lucky enough to have this sundog overhead of us as we photographed this complex.

 

Stata Center- Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Photo Details:

 

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM

Settings: 6 bracketed shots @ f/16, 14mm Focal Length, ISO 100

5 bracketed shots were combined (I tossed the brightest exposure) in Photomatix to bring out the dynamic range. I used NIK Color EFX Pro to work the contrast and boost the colors in prep for NIK’s Silver EFX Pro conversion to black and white. Sharpening and Noise Reduction were applied last and final crop in Lightroom.