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.

Toon Town

This cluster of buildings that seems straight from a Looney Toons episode, are actually The Stata Center on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Housing the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, as well as the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy. What good is the mixture of science and art if one cannot have fun with it?


MIT's Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Artificial Intelligence

The Frank Gehry designed Stata Center on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts was on my list to shoot during my trip to Boston. I have been fascinated with Gehry’s designs since I layed eyes on the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago. I have many more that I hope to be able to see.


Wide angle view of The Frank Gehry designed Stata Center on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts