Friday, January 6, 2012


On Thursday, January 5, the Milwaukee Art Museum offered free admission, and I decided to take advantage of the offer to revisit the museum to shoot some photos (to appear in a later post).  I got there early to avoid a parking issue and had time before the museum opened to take some shots of the Calatrava addition and the immediate environs.

I have shot the Calatrava a number of times (see my posts of July 28 and September 9), and most of my shots have been done thousands of times by others.  So I wanted to try to catch the structure from new perspectives (at least new for me).  Also, because the Calatrava is all about lines rather than color, I decided to turn these shots into black & whites.  Here are couple of the shots that are pretty standard.

Both of these shots have minor problems.  The first shot cuts off the top of the "mast," while the second includes part of a tree to the far right.  I really could not exclude the tree without jeopardizing the right edge of the Calatrava.

Here are a few more imagea that are a little less orthodox.

The following is my favorite, if only because it is perhaps the most unorthodox of the group.

Because it was a very bright morning, I could take this last shot at an aperture of f/22 (the narrowest that the lens I was using would go) to maximize the depth of field to keep in good focus both the structure in the foreground and the brise soleil in the background.

I also took a number of photos of small ornamental trees that had been positioned against the walls of nearby buildings.  Here is the best of those.

Not great.  Even though the tree has an interesting (weeping) structure, it loses something against wall, whose varied texture is competing with the tree.  In addition, there is some sort of circular valve to the right of the tree that detracts from the shot.  I think it might have helped the photo overall if I had shot more of the wall, creating more negative space, which would have given more emphasis to the tree. Something to consider for next time.

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