Palace Of Fine Arts 2

Okay.... so I posted a version of this yesterday.  I liked the photo, but I wasn't in love with it.  So I went to work on it after posting it to see if I could pull some magic out of it.  I don't know if I achieved "magical status", but I like this version better.  What do you think?

Palace of Fine Arts

Maybe it’s because it has been a long week.  Or maybe I just can’t think of anything to say.  But as I sit here looking at the computer screen, I can’t think of anything to type for this photo…..

 

Anyway, I took this 7-exposure auto-bracketed HDR photo at the Palace Of Fine Arts in San Francisco last year at about this time.  I had four great days in SF with MJ.  We explored a ton of areas while we were there including Muir Woods National Monument (Redwood trees), Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, the bay, Alcatraz, China town, Financial District, Conference Center, a bunch of churches, etc, etc, etc.……  Basically we packed a lot into our limited time. 

 

The Palace Of Fine Arts is a very cool spot in this wonderful city.

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MLK Monument

This is a 7-exposure HDR photo I created from my Washington DC trip last spring.  I had to wait around the monument for about an hour to get a time without tourist in the way, walking in front of me, looking at the monument, etc….  Those darn tourist!!!  What are they thinking, when they visit these sites and get in my way????  You know it is all about me.   

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Ohio Theater Panorama

Here is another photo from inside the Ohio Theater.  We got a special tour of this spot when we visited Columbus Ohio last month.  You care read more about that weekend and this building here:  http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/8/4/ohio-theater


This special panorama photo is an HDR image made up of 20 exposures merged together to give you an entire view of the theater from side to side.

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Manhattan Skyline

Here is a photo I took of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.  I was standing in the Brooklyn Bridge Park at around midnight at the time.  This was a 7-exposure auto-bracketed (+4, +2, +1, 0, -1, -2, -4) setup that I converted into this HDR image.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Antonio Brown

Here is another picture from last Sunday’s game.  As everyone knows, I am not a Steelers fan, since my favorite team is the Lions.  But I have to admit, Antonio Brown is a great player.  He is exciting, dynamic, and just fun to watch.


If you look closely, you can see QB Ben Roethlisberger in the background.  Antonio has a long run after the pass from Big Ben.

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The Touchdown That Wasn’t

This play happened in the first quarter of the Steelers vs. Browns game yesterday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  I was covering the game from the sideline for a local newspaper.  I am very blessed this year, since the paper got me the entire season sideline media pass. 


Anyway, I was in the back corner of the end score and it appeared I was in the exact right spot to capture the touchdown.  And I was, except for the fact that LeGarrette Blount (#27 – Steelers Running back) didn’t make the catch.  By the way, on the next play, the Steelers scored on the opposite side of the end zone…..  That’s football photography for you.


Regardless, I really liked this photo.  It’ll never make the cover of Sports Illustrated or even get used by a newspaper.  But I liked the way the picture has a 3D appearance (very little editing…more on that in a second), you can see the players fighting for the ball and the ref is in the background watching closely. 


Editing…. I know what you’re thinking.  That I edited the photo a bunch to make it appear 3D.  Not true….  It was so bright in the afternoon sun, that I lowered the exposure slightly and then did a little cropping.  Otherwise, this is right out of the camera. 


Now…I’ll going to post this and enjoy the rest of Monday Night Football.  Go Lions!!!!



To see more photos from the Steelers vs. Browns, click here: http://brookward.smugmug.com/Sports/NFL/Steelers-vs-Browns/i-DtHsJDk

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The Seventh Letter

Here is another graffiti photo from the Eastern Market in Detroit.  This entire area has so many amazing sanctioned graffiti projects.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  Around every corner is a huge painting from different artists.  Just good stuff!!

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Brooklyn Bridge

I loved our trip to NYC last year.  I don’t have any plans to go back, but that’s not because I don’t want to.  It just isn’t in the cards right now.  While I was there, I spent a few hours alone one night photographing the NYC skyline from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and walking back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was a wonderful few hours that resulted in some amazing photos and an experience I’ll never forget.

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English Classroom

This is one of the 29 different Nationality Rooms in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning.  These rooms depict and were donated by the ethnic groups that helped build the city of Pittsburgh.  The building is a national historic landmark and the Nationality Rooms are just a few of the many reasons why this facility is amazing.


The English Classroom was done in a Tudor-Gothic style after the House of Commons.  The room includes a few original relics donated by the British Government rescued from the House of Commons following the World Ward II bombings and is the largest of the Nationality Rooms.

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Shows Over!!!

During our trip to Detroit for Urban Exploration, we found this piano in an abandoned school.  Interesting note: the most common thing I find in old abandoned buildings is pianos of all types.  I am sure because of their size and weight, people just don’t want to move them.  So I wasn’t surprised when we found this beauty. 

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Quick pet update:  Some of you know, we had to put my 4 year old cat down after a tumor developed in his belly.  Anyway, a few weeks later our 10 year old cat go outside (long story) and never returned.  Losing both of them was hard, but we got two replacement kittens....Lucy and Lenny.  Below is a picture of Lucy, taking advantage of handcrafted pottery from Bermuda.

Lucy, making herself at home.

Lucy, making herself at home.

Packard Auto Plant Reflections

Here is another photo from my Detroit Urban Exploration trip.  This photo was taken on the 4th floor of this huge plant.  I couldn’t even tell you which building, because there are so many of them.  One of the buildings is at least 10 continuous city blocks long with lots of wings.  Anyway, I know we were on the 4th floor for this shot and I loved the reflections in the standing water.  Click here to see another photo from this location: http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/8/14/detroits-finest

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Honors College

Last night I got an opportunity to take some photos with Dave and Brad Truxell.  We debated about where to meet and ended up settling for the Oakland area of Pittsburgh (since the Pirates had a home game downtown).  This area of Pittsburgh is very busy, vibrant and has that “college vibe”…..maybe because the University of Pittsburgh campus and a few other colleges are spread throughout the area.  It isn’t the typical college campus.  It is more like NYU (college buildings spread around the city). 


Anyway, we walked around taking pictures and ended up inside the Cathedral Of Learning.  If you don’t know, this is the tallest college/university building in the United States.  The public is welcome on the first three levels, which includes the famous Harry Potter like common room and the international classrooms.  We’ve taken photos of those areas before, so we went for the elevators to explore the upper floors.  We ended up on the 36th floor, which is setup for the Honors College students.  There is a nice 2-story suite up here for these students. 


Tonight’s photo is of the stairway connected the two floors of the Honors College on the 36th and 37th floors.  It is a 5 exposure auto-bracketed HDR image.

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The Beach

This is a 7-exposure auto-bracketed photo captured at sunrise from the Secrets Silversands Resort in Puerto Morelos Mexico.  MJ and I got up every morning before sunrise to check the weather….just so I could capture some nice photos.  As you can see, we succeeded.

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Cruise Casino

It’s been a very long week.  So I am keeping my post short tonight.  This is a 7-exposre auto-bracketed HDR photo of the casino on the Carnival Dream.  If you’ve been on this ship, you know this is a large floating city including the casino.  Have a great weekend.

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Insane In The Brain

As you can imagine, there was a ton of graffiti all around Detroit.  Most of it is the typical quick “tag” type work you see in any city….the quick hit and run type of graffiti they do before someone catches them.  Some areas of Detroit have embraced graffiti and they invite great graffiti artist from all over the world to come paint wonderful pieces of art on the buildings, walls, etc…


Well the Eastern Market, which is a huge farmers market area with little shops and stores around it, has done this.  It is like walking around a huge outdoor art gallery.  Many of the paintings were huge. 


Tonight’s photo is called “Insane In The Brain” by Okuda San Miguel, who I think is from Europe.  I looked at his website and can’t read the foreign language, but he appears to be from that area of the world.  He had done work in Asia, America, etc…. 


Anyway, this painting was my favorite and it was probably around 20 feet tall by 25 feet wide.  Its’ amazing and my photo doesn’t do it justice. 

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Carnival Dream Theater

I am still working on processing images from our Carnival Cruise last spring.  As I was processing some of them last night, I completed this beauty and decided to share it with you tonight.  I think it is a very unique photo.  I doubt anyone else will like it, but I did.  Have a great Monday night.

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Ballroom

This is the ballroom from the abandoned Lee Plaza Hotel outside of Detroit.   My man Jay and I found this beauty while we were looking for an abandoned church.  We could see this huge abandoned hotel (maybe 15 to 20 stories tall) off in the distance….so of course we had to check it out.  Like all of our exploration of abandoned buildings, if they are locked up, we don’t go it.  Fortunately for us, someone (not us) cut a huge hole in the fence and knocked a wall out…so we could walk right into the building. 


I knew from researching on line that this hotel had an awesome ballroom, I just didn’t know where the hotel was in Detroit.  So when we rolled up and noticed the name of the place, I knew there was a killer photo op waiting to happen.  I think you’ll agree…..the ballroom in this hotel is very cool.

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Picture of Jay getting ready to take a picture. - this was taken with my iPhone.

Picture of Jay getting ready to take a picture. - this was taken with my iPhone.

Detroit’s Finest

I’ve been absent from social media and my blog for a few days.  Sorry about that!!  Jay Cassidy and I took a quick 3-day trip to Detroit just to photograph abandoned buildings.  There is no better place in the world right now for abandoned urban exploration photography.  Detroit is THE place for this.  We literally spent every waking moment (minus a few meals and travel time to the next site) in abandoned buildings and in graffiti row (Eastern Market).  We dodged a few homeless people, security guards and junk.   


Jay and I had a great time.  We went to Detroit to “work” and I can honestly say, we did.  I was seriously tired at the end of every day.  But we got into a ton of great places and captured some awesome photos. 


This photo was taken inside the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant, which was huge (3.5 million square feet on 40 acres).  We spent about 5 hours in this place and probably saw less then 10% of the complex.  It is over 10 blocks long with tons of multi-story buildings (most at least 7 stories tall).  This is the former automobile-manufacturing factory where luxury Packard cars were made and later Studebakers’.  It was opened in 1903 and closed in 1958, although a few other businesses used parts of it until the late 1990s.   It’s a great urban exploration site.

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Super Moon

I looked up and read about the Super Moon taking place this weekend.  I told my wife about it and I had my camera ready.  But I forgot all about it last night until a friend sent me a text asking how my shots looked.  With that reminder, I went out and captured a few.  So a big thanks to Rico for the reminder.

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