Archive for the ‘Shadows’ Category

Taken on the Main Street Bridge shortly before and shortly after dawn, Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Click for a gallery slideshow.

My next couple of posts will explain what I was doing hanging around in predawn Green Bay.

Okay…you forced me to tell you why. (Wow! You are good!) The Tall Ships were in town and your friend really wanted to take pictures of the ships,  but she faced two large hurdles on her way to that goal.

#1. Wabi Sabi hates crowds. Not Walking Around Crowds or City Street Crowds…those are cool… but Line Up to Get Someplace Crowds. She gets…hmmm…cranky. You should see her when she boards an airplane or attends a venue without assigned seating.

#2. Wabi Sabi does not wish to spend a bucket of money to stand in long lines and then share her personal bubble with people she does not know.  Many thousands of people attended this three day event under cloudless skies, with temps kissing 90 degrees. My fair skin is a gift from my Irish ancestors and I would have looked like a pork rind long before I had the chance to even approach the first ship.

Given those issues, I decided to be downtown well ahead of anyone else and see what I could capture. The Main Street Bridge was a pretty good vantage point for taking pictures of the ships but all those lovely crack ‘o dawn shadows on the bridge were a real distraction.

Next time: Actual ship pictures.

Early morning light, shadows and a variety of textures combine to provide a contemplative moment or two.

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Draperies, hotel room.

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The State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois.

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I am really really pleased with this picture. Actually, I have maybe six (ten?) that I took of this exchange. In the first instance, I have desaturated the colors and cropped out some of the reflections, leaving the silhouettes holding the stage on their own.

In this second version, you can see more of what I was really seeing–the warmth of the lights as they repeat themselves down the length of the wing.

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I doubt I am the only one who travels a circuitous path to getting the pictures I’m most happy with. Here in the capitol building, I was taking some pretty standard…dare I say, cliché?…shots of stained glass, old wood: the usual. Then I noticed how incredibly shiny (SQUIRREL!) the floor was and started playing with the reflections off its highly polished surface,  following the interplay of light and patterns…and that led me to these two guys. By the time I saw them silhouetted at the end of the hall…yowza!

 I expect that if I had seen them first, I might have been oblivious to my good fortune.

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Although I was there for less than 24 hours, it is fair to say that I have developed a super-crush on Chattanooga. The Tennessee River winds through the city and there’s no shortage of bridges to move folks from one side of the river to the other.

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The first image was taken from the Walnut Street Bridge, an amazing structure that is the second-longest pedestrian bridge in the country. The second is of the underside of that bridge.

The last three images are of the Market Street Bridge.

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Love the kayakers in the final shot. Their presence makes the pillars appear gargantuan in contrast.

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Just playing with some mood here.

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Actually, one of my favorite sites is named, appropriately enough,  “Noir” and showcases…daily, no less!…the wonderful black and white photography of my blogger-friend, Gavin.

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Same abandoned furniture factory, different interpretation.

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