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.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, f/8.0, 1/140 sec, ISO 800
The intersection of the warm straight lines of the internal wood concert halls and the cool curved lines of the metal external structure of the Kimmel Center fascinates me. I stumbled and almost fell several times as I was looking up and moving around with the camera to my eye.
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.
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.
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 Calder, 1924
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.
Fuji XT-1, XF 18-55mm @ 37mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, ISO 400
Looking up, I could hardly tell where the building edge met the sky. Parts of the building looked transparent. I felt like I was looking through the building to the clouds beyond.
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.
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!
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.
Canon 7D, EF-S10-22mm @ 12mm, f/4.0, 1/8000 sec, ISO 800
These solid rocket boosters and external tank guard the entrance of the Kennedy Space Center Atlantis Shuttle exhibit. The wide angle perspective of my 10-22mm lens reduces the impact of of just how huge these structures are. I was in awe as I looked up. The image below is the view looking straight up. I got dizzy and almost fell over as I tried to balance this image in my viewfinder.
This post ends my series on the Atlantis Space Shuttle. I encourage all to take the time and visit our space heritage when in the Orlando area.