Wednesday, November 30, 2016

L' Erable Cemetery

On my recent trip around Lake Michigan I stopped in the little unincorporated village of L' Erable in northeast Illinois. It has a Catholic cemetery where I found this dramatic tableau. This is an infrared photo rendered in black and white.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ludington Harbor

Over the weekend before Thanksgiving I drove around Lake Michigan. It was a wonderful trip. This is a photo from the last evening, taken at the harbor of Ludington Michigan. I had been there once before forty years ago, and had gotten some nice sunset shots of the same harbor. This time I was blessed with the sun peeking below an otherwise overcast sky. It's a beautiful effect.

Friday, November 25, 2016

City Views Week: New York City

Skyline views of any city tend to compact the city, and make it seem smaller than it is. New York City is incredibly vast, with about 860,000 buildings in its five boroughs. Manhattan alone has about 50,000 buildings, most of which disappear in a standard skyline view. This photos was taken from the  top of the Empire State Building and shows the wide diversity of buildings in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

City Views Week: Minneapolis

City views week continues with this shot from Minneapolis. In the foreground are the flags and atrium of the US Bank Plaza, behind which you can see the top of the Wells Fargo Center. This photos was shot on film.

Monday, November 21, 2016

City Views Week: Chicago

This week I'm posting city views, but not the usual city skyline or street scenes. Instead I've looked through my files for more quirky points of view. To start out, here is a shot of the Standard Oil Building in Chicago, looking straight up from the bottom. This photo has been mostly desaturated, so only the blue of the sky shows through faintly in color.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Memento Mori

This beautiful memorial statue is in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Kingman, Kansas.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wide Open Spaces

There's nothing like the open sky on the great plains. This vista is just outside Bloom, Kansas. This photo was shot in infrared and converted to black and white.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Eternal Memorial

One thing I love when traveling is exploring cemeteries. It's always fascinating to see how people try to make a permanent memorial to loved ones. This dramatic tableau is in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is an infrared photo converted to black and white.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Elevating Kansas

The great plains are littered with wonderful old elevator structures, some of which are disappearing. This one in Bronson, Kansas, is still actively in use.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Illuminating MIlwaukee

The Milwaukee Pierhead Light sits near the mouth of the Milwaukee River on the shore of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee. Milwaukee has always had a bustling waterfront that lately has been wonderfully restored and upgraded. On the horizon you can see the Milwaukee Breakwater Light.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Elevating Illinois

The flat fields of Illinois are dominated by old cement elevators, some of which are defunct, but many of which are still fully in business. This one is just south of Pesotum, Illinois.

This photo was shot in infrared and converted to black and white.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Eastern Colorado High Plains

Colorado is famous for mountains, but the eastern half of the state is high plains. This area is mostly treeless grasslands, with wide open sky and very little human population. This view is northwest of Lindon, Colorado, taken in December of 2008.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Old McDonald Elevator

This is the old elevator in McDonald, Kansas, shot from US 36. All of the structures in the foreground have since been torn down, to make way for more modern circular structures like the one at rear on the right. I like the graphic lines of this photo, whihc I think are enhanced by converting it to black and white.