Category Archives: Structures

Loux Covered Bridge

Loux Covered Bridge by . Fuji X-T1, FX55-200mm @ 55mm, f/11, 1/9 sec, ISO 1600

Fall days are a wonderful time to drive around rural Bucks County, PA and enjoy the iconic covered bridges.  During the last few days, a friend and I spent late afternoons exploring around the area.  For this image of the Loux Covered Bridge, I focused on a composition that did not include bright road signs and caught some of the fall color.

Witherspoon Building

140612_Witherstone Bldg Sign by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF55-200mm @ 55mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec, ISO 800

Walking around downtown Philly, I saw this old stately building with ordinate sculptures decorating the facade.  This image spans the main building entrance.  From my viewpoint the vertical lines were perspective distorted.  I took the opportunity to work with perspective warp in photoshop to clean up the distortion.  Below is the overall main entrance facade.

140612_Witherstone Bldg Facade by 2013 Karl Graf.


Kimmel Center Reflections

140527_Kimmel Ctr 3 by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF 18-55mm @ 55mm, f/5.0, 1/420 sec, ISO 400

The reflections of the window frames within the windows are what attracted me to this perspective of the Kimmel Center.  The frames remind me of giant metal claws.

I tried working with B&W on this image.  I liked the sky blue and the structure blue-grey interaction over the grey scale of B&W.

Musical Curves

140526_Kimmel Ctr 1 by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji X-T1, XF 18-55mm @ 55mm, f/5.0, 1/3 sec, ISO 1600, handheld

The curves of the balconies and acoustic structures inside the Kimmel Center main concert hall are fascinating.  I recall attending a classical concert and getting lost gazing around all the curves and listening to the musical score.

Balancing the composition of all the curves was the challenge for this image.  I wandered about the hall with my camera to my eye to balance the curves, shadows, and lights.  I took multiple shots to get acceptable sharpness at 1/3 second shutter speed.  I can’t wait to come back and do more exploring.

The Wissahickon

140522_Swan Fountain 1 by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji XT-1, XF18-55mm @ 50mm, f/11, 1/80 sec, ISO 500

Swann Memorial Fountain (aka The Fountain of the Three Rivers)
Alexander Stirling Calder1924

This fountain in Logan Circle depicts the three rivers that converge at Philadelphia:  the Schuykill, the Wissahickon, and the Delaware.  In this image I was trying to capture the fountain image and the Philadelphia City Hall in the background.  I also wanted to capture limited blur in the flowing water.

No Leaning!

140518_Spiked Rail by 2013 Karl Graf. Fuji XT-1, XF 18-55mm @ 37mm, f/4.0, 1/800 sec, ISO 400

This rail around the Philly City Hall provided a very clear message:  “No Leaning”  or should I say “No Sitting”.  Today I was just walking around downtown Philly watching for images to appear.  This one popped up and pain entered my body from all directions.  It was not a very inviting element for the City Hall.  But it did provide an interesting image.  I purposely used my widest aperture to provide an interest depth of field.

NYC: Rockefeller Center

140426_RockefellerCtr_B&W by Karl G. Graf. Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm @ 18mm, f/4.5, 1/4000 sec, ISO 800

Skyscrapers amaze me.  Heights scare me.  I imagine what kind of person it takes to work on these structures.  My knees shake and start to buckle.  Looking straight up for me is also difficult.  When I raise my camera to take a photo like this, I feel like I am going to fall over backwards.  I need to work on this!

NYC Reflection

140424_NYC Reflection by Karl G. Graf. Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm @ 65mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 800

This year we will miss joining our friends on our almost annual spring trip to New York City.  Our thoughts will we be with them as they make the trip without us.  I am very thankful for the many trips that we have made together and look forward to many more in the future.

This image was taken on our trip last spring.  I recall walking down the street, looking up and seeing interesting reflections.  I lingered back and worked this image until I got the reflections to line up with the windows.  It took a bit of time and my wife and friends were several blocks ahead egging me on to catch-up.  The delay was worth it.