Topaz B&W Effects

Greek and Roman Art

Today we return to the Met in NYC where there are more than 25 galleries dedicated to Greek and Roman Art and architecture. Many of the items exhibited have been excavated from lands of old, some dating back to the 1st century AD. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a tremendously huge place and I certainly could not see all that I had intended in one visit, but surely look forward to a return trip in the near future. Below we have a look inside one of the rooms that displays a few sculptures and architectural elements that date back centuries. Simply stepping into these places gives one a sense of stepping back in time.

Greek and Roman Art - 1
Greek and Roman Art - 1

The image above shows recovered arches, columns and railings from ancient times. Makes you wonder about some of the activities surrounding these elements in times long past.

The conversion below was obtained using the Van Dyke Brown Coffee Dynamic filter in Topaz Labs' B&W Effects.

Greek and Roman Art - 1 - B&W
Greek and Roman Art - 1 - B&W

Moving to one of the corners of the room we see an artistic sculpture.

Greek and Roman Art - 2
Greek and Roman Art - 2

A B&W conversion.

Greek and Roman Art - 2 - B&W
Greek and Roman Art - 2 - B&W

Next we'll pull back and get a better look at the full wall.

Greek and Roman Art - 3
Greek and Roman Art - 3

And lastly, one more B&W conversion.

Greek and Roman Art - 3 - B&W
Greek and Roman Art - 3 - B&W

Until next time...  thanks for visiting! ;-)

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

It's About Time

Nat'l Clock & Watch - Front
Nat'l Clock & Watch - Front

Quick post and run today as I prepare to wrap up the week for work. We swing by the National Watch and Clock Museum for a look at the exterior.

Inside this building there are thousands of time pieces covering many, many years of the craft. We'll have a look at quite a few of them in future posts and as the series unfolds.

NAWCC Clock
NAWCC Clock

Just to the left of the entrance is this ornate but lovely clock. The "NAWCC" stands for National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. They would never be able to fit all of that on a clock of this size. :-)

Thought I would drop in a B&W version of this shot.

NAWCC Clock - B&W
NAWCC Clock - B&W

As we wrap up this post we find a clock tower out front on the perimeter of the property. It really stands out in what is predominantly a residential area.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower

We'll move inside for some of the more intricate goodies next time. ;-)

Have a great day, folks!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM

Reflective Moments

Welcome everyone! I hope you've enjoyed a great weekend. Here in the U S the Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us, a time to spend with family and friends and to create and share memories. But most importantly, a time to be thankful.

Today's images were taken at a riverside canal. As I was composing the shot below I heard some rustling above in a nearby tree. A missed opportunity had just flown off, as a very large and beautiful crane took flight. Too bad I hadn't scanned the trees more carefully as I walked the wooded area. In any case, it was back to my initial focus. :-)

Reflective Moments
Reflective Moments

As you can see, few if any leaves remain on the trees in this area now.

In addition to the color version I offer this Hazelnut treated version below.

Reflective Moments - Hazelnut
Reflective Moments - Hazelnut

Next we have the same vantage point, zoomed in to 70mm and focused on the tree stump.

Reflective Moments 2
Reflective Moments 2

Hazelnut version below.

Reflective Moments 2 - Hazelnut
Reflective Moments 2 - Hazelnut
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Cogs and Gears

Welcome to the weekend! It's been a bit of a whirlwind week but alas, a short time to relax is upon us. We'll close out the week with the logo of the Museum of Industry in Baltimore. A couple of previous post can be seen here and here. The logo is a wooden sculpture located in the museum's lobby. I found it to be pretty eye-catching when I entered the building and made sure to photo it before I left the premises.

Cogs and Gears
Cogs and Gears

Above the sculpture there is a bank of multi-directional lights, the effect of which create some interesting shadows in and around this work of art. I thought these shadows would lend themselves to some added structure in a B&W conversion, as seen below.

Cogs and Gears - B&W
Cogs and Gears - B&W

I hope you enjoyed these.

Wishing each of you a safe and fantastic weekend!

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4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
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