Corrugated Metal

This power plant at a medical complex in Milwaukee County is peppered with corrugate metal buildings.  At sunset the horizontal and vertical ribs in the metal siding create a jumble of patterns.  The brick chimney glistened as if polished.  Yes, the work of the sun on metal and brick is exaggerated by HDR….but I just couldn’t help it!

The ladder provided a pattern of shadow on the metal siding that looks nothing like itself.  The rivets on the siding seem owned by the shadow not the metal.

Frank Lloyd Wright – Greek Orthodox – Annunciation Church

Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 during his most prolific period of design and project commissions.  Projects during his last several years included the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Marin County Civic Center.  One of his last designs was of the Greek Orthodox Annunciation Church built in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Common to these three projects is the circular design element.

Designed in 1956, construction of the Greek Orthodox Church did not begin until after his death in 1959 and was completed in 1961.

While this shallow, domed design is not as attractive to me personally as most of his earlier work, there are some unique design attributes.

Lattice on Store Front

During the ’50s and 60’s many commercial buildings incorporated some sort of lattice grille into the front of the office building in an effort to simplify the geometry.  Some attach this technique to the mid-century architectural movement, popular at the time.  It’s been a long time since 1960 or so and the grille is showing it, but the effect is still striking.

From the Head of the Charles Regatta

The Charles River runs through some of the most beautiful, rich and exclusive Boston area.  Take a walk down below some of the bridges that span the iconic river and you see a different, equally stunning part of Boston.

There’s a fella that liked this bridge just south of MIT so much that he decided to call it home.  Just on the other side of the bridge is a NASA facility.

Calatrava – Art Museum

I was up early this weekend shooting in downtown Milwaukee during the earliest light before sunrise.  Once I was finished before the civil dawn, I thought I’d take the time to capture the sun rising over a low cloud-deck above Lake Michigan.  This landmark Art Museum building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, makes an interesting foreground subject for a lakefront sunrise.

Here’s what the inside of this building looks like from a photo I took earlier this year:

This is what the building looks like when the wings are lifted:


I’m not normally taken to mentioning products, plug-ins, or presets.  FocalPoint 2 from onOneSoftware is an exception I don’t mind making.  All of us don’t have the resources to buy $2,ooo f1.2 or tilt/shift lens that provide ultra shallow adjustable Depth Of Field.  This plug-in for Photoshop gives you tools that you otherwise might not be able to afford.  Here are a couple of examples where DOF was adjusted in post -processing using this plug-in: