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 XT-1, XF-18-55mm @ 55mm, f/11, 1/17 sec, ISO 400
Rodin – The Thinker
It was an extremely bright day. Light was blasting through the gaps in the leaf canopy. It was difficult to get a decent exposure. My color images looked terrible. But it was a good day for B&W.
Fuji X-T1, XF18-55mm @ 53mm, f/8.0, 1/60 sec, IS0 800
Today was a beautiful late Spring day. The temperature was 75 degrees. People were out in droves in downtown Philly. The lawns of Rittenhouse Square were covered with people laying in the shade enjoying the beautiful day.
I used NIK Color Efex Pro’s Classic Soft Focus and Glamor Glow filters to create a slight soft dreamy look for the Lazy Day.
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, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, f/4.0, 1/1200 sec, ISO 400
I could not let this iconic sculpture in downtown Philly pass by. It was Red, so I shot it of course. To further highlight the red, I converted to B&W with NIK Silver Efex Pro and used selective color.
I am posting this today for my wonderful wife on her birthday!
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, XF 18-55mm @ 28mm, f/22, 1/17 sec, ISO 200
This image is from the other site of Swann Fountain, depicting the other two rivers: Schuykill and Delaware. My focus for this image was just to come up with a symmetric balance between the sculptures. One lesson learned here is to pay attention to the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO trade offs. I braced the camera on the fountain wall to get a reasonable sharpness at 1/17 second.
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, XF18-55mm @ 46mm, f/10, 1/20 sec, ISO 400
Tuscan Girl Fountain
Oskar Stonorov, Jorio Vivarelli, 1965
Philadelphia is full of sculptures. Walking around Center City, sculptures are everywhere you look. The overall sculpture draws my initial attention, but typically does not make an interesting photographic image to me. It is very difficult for me to capture the three dimensional aspects. I then usually just walk around and try to get a detailed aspect and perspective of the sculptures essence. I moved around this sculpture to capture an interesting element and a “nondescript” background to frame the image.
Fuji XT-1, XF18-55mm @ 55mm, f/8.0, 1/120 sec, ISO 400
Benjamin Franklin, Craftsman
Joe Brown, 1981
Ben Franklin, “The Printer”, provides the foreground against the Philadelphia skyline. I worked this image from multiple angles before I came up with this perspective. I had to wait patiently as other tourists posed in front of the sculpture. It was worth it.