Ball Bearing Eyes

This photo is the result of work creating reflections off brand new steel ball bearings.  I used white foam core and blue construction paper aligned to create a good background to bounce light against.  Surprisingly, the ball bearings revealed many black pitted areas that created a look like broken blood vessels on the bearing alien eye balls.

Office Tower Art

This evening I was shooting a pair of office towers on the north side of Milwaukee.  It became apparent to me that the reflective surface of the glass panels that made up the exterior of the tower was taking on the same color and shade of the sky.  The result was this rather “Tron-like” look to the framework of the building.  A bit of post-processing and I’ve got this thing!  I kind of like it.

Soon the evening was revealing a half moon surfaced over the top of one of the towers.  I kinda liked that too.

Once the sun went down, the building’s window framework took on a new abstraction.  The lights directed on the building cast a crisp, colorful geometry that I found very attractive.  The single office with it’s light on helps remind us of the reality that this is an office tower not just an eyeful of fun.

Madison – March 14th

Madison, Wisconsin is where I was born and raised.  It is one of the most beautiful cities in the Midwest.  I find myself there often, visiting my daughter, going to a Badger game, or passing through as I’m traveling to the Baraboo Hills.  Here’s the Kohl Center – home of Wisconsin Basketball and Hockey.

Camp Randall is the name of the football field on campus.  But it’s name originated during the 1800’s as a military camp used by the Union during the Civil War.

More State Capitol Building photographs.

The grounds are incredibly attractive to me.  The Capitol’s reflection in what used to known as the First Wisconsin Building.

Photos in the Fog

Tonight was a foggy spring night.  The snow has been melting all day as temperatures reached into the 50s.  It’s rained most of the day and there hasn’t been enough wind to mix the moisture off ground level.  Good picture taking weather:

This is the same bridge that I shot in a blanket of new snow a couple of weeks ago.  The light behind the stone bridge frame creates great drama.

In this photograph the fog has created a discernible dome of light.  The fog limits the light’s ability to illuminate outside the reach of it’s dome, but in return the fog gives the light shape, a visible length and depth.

Brighten Up!

I’ve been sensitive to comments from friends at work that question why I seem to favor dark and night-time subjects.  My body of work does not, as I see it, support concerns that I’m dark and dangerous.  So today I set out to capture a subject during the daytime.  I sought out color, contrast, and interesting shapes.

What do you think?  Have I proven that I’m just like any other well-adjusted photographer?   What…..you’re not convinced?  Shucks – I guess I’ll try again.

Kidding aside, this photograph was taken in Wood National Cemetery on the grounds known after the Civil War as Soldiers Home – today co-located on a complex known as the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.  Soldiers Home would become the birthplace of federal veteran’s care in America providing soldiers’ recuperation and living settlement facilities.  Until 1989 these 90 acres had it’s own post office and zip code 53193.  A total of 36,738 soldiers, veterans and their relatives are buried in the National Cemetery.