As you may have guessed, I haven’t been in much of a photographic mood this year. Nevertheless, my father convinced me to bring my camera on a family trip a couple of months ago. I didn’t think I’d have time for any real photography on the trip, but Dad was bringing his 4″x5″ view camera, which is a very serious camera. This meant photography would be a priority on the trip. The subject? Well, that was undetermined.
Near supper time on day one of our trip, we were driving through the countryside when I spotted an old, abandon schoolhouse out the window. I only caught a glance, but it was enough to flag the building as anything but your typical plain Jane schoolhouse. I noted the road we were on for future reference, then informed my father of the discovery. The next day, we retraced our steps and found it, but the solar angle was bad. Early on the morning of day three, we finally got out to photograph it.
The weather was cloudy at first. Not bad for the subject. It gave it a bit of an eerie mood, standing isolated in the country.
Later, the sun started to come out. By then, I liked the angle on the front better. Since the schoolhouse was right on top of the road, it was a little more tricky. I don’t have a view camera, so I had to tweak perspective in Photoshop.
Even a short vacation can lift you from a rut, even if just for a few days. Be prepared and keep your eyes open. Thanks Dad.
Back when I went to go see the steam engine, I found some of buildings in the area interesting. After the train left, I took a couple of photos. Since they didn’t fit with the train post, I saved them for a week when I was in the middle of a non-photo project and didn’t get around to shooting anything. Well, that’s been the last three weeks. I really did want to post them though. I love the stained glass awning.
These photos are all from the actual theater auditorium. The side walls are decorated with sets of green lamps in alcoves and hanging red lamps.
Both sides of the stage are flanked with large metal dragons and enormous hanging lamps amidst elaborate columns.
Although the dragons are an Asian motif, the city skyline above and to either side of them seems more Mideastern in theme, but not without European influence. This is where the audience enters and exits the balcony seating. The designers endeavored to transport the audience’s minds to exotic places before the show they came to see even began.
The theater is a great old building, and I wish it many more wonderful years.
Next Time: Jewelry or Nature Close-up
About a week ago, I went to Chicago. Big cities aren’t really my thing, I’m more of a table top and forest preserve kind of photographer. However, I occasionally like to explore different places, and if I’m going to go, I’m going to take photos.
The lion outside the Art Institute was a big hit. Lots of people wanted a picture of him or even with him. I had to wait awhile to get a clear shot.
Because it’s Illinois, they planted corn in the Millennium Park gardens. Corn and skyscrapers looks a bit funny to me. I’m used to seeing corn and barns or corn and more corn.
Metal, skyscrapers, and metal.
The Bean. You can’t go to Chicago without seeing The Bean and having some fun with the reflections. Time was limited, or else I’d have played more.
Columns and a fountain. This just looked cool.
Old water tower. Quite the relic.
A shorter, but more interesting building.
Tall skyscraper near Navy Pier.
Navy Pier itself. If you ever go, I do recommend the totally free stained glass museum. It has all kinds of lovely stained glass panels, even Tiffany. Since I wasn’t sure about copyright issues and didn’t have a tripod, I’m not posting any photos of that. Navy Pier is full of restaurants, shops, boat tours, and other attractions (including a children’s museum and an I-MAX). A tourist could spend all day at Navy Pier alone.
Thus ended my excursion to Chicago. I’d like to go back and visit some museums someday.
The photo club I belong to had an architectural photography contest about a week ago. Since I don’t photograph much architecture, I grabbed my camera and headed out to find the Buddhist temple everyone was talking about. It wasn’t so easy to find. I kept looping around the section of road I thought it was on. Finally, I stopped and pulled into a side street where two churches and a mosque were located. The lawn of one church was getting mowed, and the mosque was a little busy, so I concentrated on the other church. After a little hunting around, I saw something. It took three exposures and ten curves layers to make it work, but yes, this is what I saw.
After that, I decided to give finding the Buddhist temple one more try. This time, I found out that the road it is on goes farther south than I thought it did. It appears to end, but coming at it from a different direction, I saw a sign showing that the road does indeed continue south slightly east of its previous position. Success: a genuine Buddhist temple. What an impressively decorated structure!
Ironically, I didn’t end up entering these photos in the club contest. I was sick with stomach flu for three days after taking them. I retouched two and had them printed later in the week only to be reminded that the contest had past. Fortunately, my sense of time has returned, and the club did accomplish some of its purpose in my work: I photographed something I normally wouldn’t have photographed, and I edited my images for competition. Thanks also to my Dad for giving me some black and white editing pointers.
Next Time: Nature or Cat on Books
I’ve shot some nature, and a plan to shoot more. However, there’s an animal themed Summer reading program at the local library.