sculptures

Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

In honor of the nationally celebrated Martin Luther King Jr holiday, I am happy to share with you a photograph of the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington DC. I created this shot just about  year  ago but knew I would save it for display on the next celebration of the holiday,  which occurs on the 3rd Monday of January each year. Dr. King's actual birthday is January 15. Then President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983.

The memorial park sits just off of the Tidal Basin in Washington DC near Independence Avenue SW.

The sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr stands in the MLK Memorial Park
The sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr stands in the MLK Memorial Park

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This is a peaceful place and is a part of America's National Park Service. My visit was an early morning one during the week with only a few people about but I can imagine this being full of tourist during holidays, particularly during the Summer.

The sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr stands in the MLK Memorial Park
The sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr stands in the MLK Memorial Park

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One of the great humanitarians and orators of the 20th century has been immortalized in stone.

Thanks so much 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

The Tin Man

Today we have another entry for the Urban Art category. Straight from down the yellow brick road and Emerald City, it's the Tin Man. He has settled in the city of York PA where he can be seen daily hanging out on the corner of the courthouse. Suing for royalties, perhaps?

The fact of the matter is this, York was once a manufacturing town with all sorts of mills and industrial factories. To commemorate that past history, although plenty of manufacturing remains, a series of sculptures have been created and placed around the downtown area.

Photograph of the Tin Man
Photograph of the Tin Man

The Tin Man

I can only guess at the significance of a tin man sitting on a couple of industrial sized gears and what that has to do with manufacturing. Perhaps a lot of tin or aluminum is what he represents. In any case, it must be a lonely existence on this cold corner where people walk by continually and never even speak.

If they only had a heart, he must be saying. :-)

Processing

This was a somewhat challenging image because of the clutter and usual traffic one would encounter at mid-morning in a city. After aligning the 3 hand-held shots I performed some masking to bring out the shadowy parts of the tin man.

I also added some blur to reduce the visibility of the background clutter and to add a little Oz-like dream effect. :-)

Conclusion

I was unable to locate the official title of this sculpture and the artist to give proper credit. Seems there would be a plaque or something nearby, but I saw none, nor has online research yielded any results so far. Ole Tin Man doesn't look very weathered so I would guess that he has only been in place for a relatively short time.

My plan is to find out more about this and the other sculptures in that area related to the town's manufacturing history. I can then target each one on another day trip.

Thanks for visiting!

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

A Night at the Museum

Today we swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for what I have titled "A Night at the Museum". It was getting late in the day on this visit and the crowds were thinning out, which is a great time to drift about and go where the people are not for some clear shots. I found myself alone and with tripod in hand (by permit) so I quickly setup and grabbed a few bracketed shots of the scene. This exhibit is part of the Greek and Roman Art gallery where there are all sorts of really interesting artifacts. One cannot help but marvel at what's on display when you consider the history surrounding this display.

Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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I felt that this image would make a fairly nice monochrome with all of the marble and stone work. Since this type of photography involves a wide range of gray tones some dodging and burning was required to keep the image from looking too drab with dingy gray color dominating the scene. One of my 2013 goals in to do more of this style of imagery so I am still feeling my way a bit. :-)

Below we have the color version of this 3-bracket shot (+2 to -2). This is the result of being processed in Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. The image above was converted from the one below.

Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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Should you ever find yourself in NYC with a day (8 hours) to spare, take a trip to The Met, you will be so happy that you did.

Thanks for clicking by. :-)

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

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