Malt – as in “Malt Beverage”

I really like the broken white and black letters on the grain silo in this Milwaukee malting operation.  This business is the only malting plant left over from the brewing hay-day in Milwaukee.  It’s reported that there used to be dozens of grain silos in the West Milwaukee neighborhood serving Pabst, Miller, Schlitz and Blatz – to name a few.  The name, by the way, is…..Froedtert.

Bridge Lights

Just the right amount of light, a flat water surface yet a breath of wind to move the reflected light just a bit.

Earlier this year I posted a photo of the Cherry Street Bridge over the Milwaukee river.  The winter scene in B&W was about the shades of gray reflecting from snow, ice and metal.  Now the scene changes as the summer allows more vivid reflections from the shimmering water of the river.

Milwaukee’s 6th Street Bridge

The bridge at 6th Street over the Menomonee River is the first cable-stayed bridge in Wisconsin used for vehicular traffic.  If you’re from the area you’d recognize the style, as it is inspired by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Calatrava designed footbridge at the lakefront.

This bridge takes automobiles over the Milwaukee train station.  A private railroad car is parked outside the station, aglow from the light of the bridge.

Interchange Images

I’ve been unable to set time aside as much time to doing night-time urban HDR as I would like.  Now that the weather in Wisconsin’s summer months encourages trips outside in the dark, I felt bad that I haven’t taken advantage of the opportunity.  Last night I finally took the time…at midnight….and without a firm destination in mind there is no surprise that I ended up walking along the railroad tracks just west of the train station.  Color, shapes, lights and reflections provide some visual contrast to the old Canadian Pacific out-building.

Upon closer examination, I couldn’t resist the tall, graceful spans of the freeway interchange.

Thunderstorm HDR

This was the year that I was going to jump in the car at the hint of severe weather and find a vantage point to photograph the drama of an approaching storm.  It hasn’t happened this year at all – until this afternoon.  This storm was losing it’s punch as it was approaching my outpost on the Milwaukee County grounds.  While it wasn’t a whopper of a storm, it did hit at the right time time of day to give the arcus cloud formation leading the thunderstorm just the right kiss of afternoon light.

The new twist for me was to attempt HDR (high dynamic range) imaging of the event.  I wasn’t sure how Photomatix would deal with the moving grass and clouds.  The blur on the right is a sheet of rain.

I think I like it.

I Love Taking Pictures in New York City

Three of us were intent on going to New York City last weekend during a trip to New Jersey.  We got in to NYC at 3:30 in the morning – a bit later than we had hoped.  We took a walk from 57th Street to Times Square.  On the way back to our hotel the sun was coming up as we walked north on 8th or Broadway.  The morning light was reflecting off the buildings and I couldn’t resist.

I was glad to have brought my camera in less than ideal circumstances.  The next day we started out on a walk and taxi ride around mid-town.  At 1:00 in the afternoon you’re tempted to pack in the photography gear due to less ideal light – well I’m glad I schleped it around for our visit to the Empire State Building.

Mid-day sun created some terrific contrast to the clouds from a day threatening storms.  I really am pleased with the effect a bit of post-processing did to enhance the look.

From the top of the Empire State Building, the architecture of the city takes on a totally different character.  The shapes and colors of the buildings become individually strong….

…and collectively a single pattern of light and shape.

A spotlight on the building itself is the focus of busy, dissimilar shapes and angles:

Swamp Things

I can’t say this it’s universally true for all swamps/marshes, but I have found that springtime at the Horicon Marsh is especially welcoming and photogenic.  Not only are bug levels low, but the vegetation is cropped closer than in mid-summer and the new-growth reeds create interesting lines and patterns.

The patterns and reflections from these silhouettes look like a cross between some sound oscillation scope and Asian character sets.  More open water reflects evening colors for more drama.