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.

Holy Crap I Like Montreal

I spent a couple of hours at night in Old Montreal (or Vieux-Montréal in French) recently.  What an incredible place!

This is looking from the steps of the Notre-Dame Basilica towards the Bank of Montreal.

This is the site of Montreal’s City Hall.   One of the most beautiful buildings in the city is getting a face-lift.  Rather than putting up with the scaffolding and clutter during the work, they stretch printed sheets over the work area.  The result is some sort of surreal replica of the building hidden inside.

Residents work and live in this historic community.  This is an apartment complex in the foreground and the impressive Aldred Building rising behind.

The cobblestoned streets, multicolored lights and old stone construction make even the more neglected buildings wonderful to look at.

The Vieux district overlooks a still active port on the St. Lawrence River.  The row of shops, art galleries, restaurants and apartments just at the edge of the riverway create a visual gateway to the old city district.

Still another remarkable building, the Old Court House, is built in a neo-Classical design.

I want to go back, spend more time, and try the food.

February Snow

What a beautiful night last night.  The snowfall during the day had the sticky quality that you get when the weather combines light winds and temperatures around 32° F.  After dark I struck out to shoot a bridge over the Menomonee River in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  I had remembered the bridge being unique, but I had forgotten just how wonderful the stone structures were.  The cable supports held just enough snow to create visual interest.  What I didn’t expect at all was the location of a single snow coated tree in ideal framing from the stone arches.

I was interested to see what this scene looked like from the other end of the bridge.  I’m glad I looked.  The street light illuminating the bridge and path created an almost cinematic look to the area.

Visit City Nights Website

I’ve been working on a photo project over the last 3 months that involves capturing night photographs in the city of Milwaukee.  Most of the photos I’ve taken so far involve the lakefront or riverfront areas.  I’ve found that the best time to capture the essence of the night not only “lit by itself”, but also existing by itself is to go out at 1:00 in the morning.  Other than an occasional passer-by a bit tight with drink, I have the city to myself.   Also important is the weather forecast for the early morning.  Best results are had when the winds are calm and the temperature is warm enough that I don’t freeze my ass off.

Find the website displaying this project’s photos at: www.citynights.lightboximages.net.  I hope to expand the cities covered over time and travel.