Saturday, August 4, 2012


As I have stated in the previous posts, the Milwaukee Art Museum provides free admission on the first Thursday of each month.  That was enough excuse for me to head down there on Thursday evening, August 2nd.  Although I did tour the museum and took a number of shots of the exterior of the Calatrava addition, I was most interested in getting some shots of the architectural detail on the interior of the addition.  The most stunning element in the interior of the atrium of the addition is the vaulted ceiling, and I took a number of shots.  Here are a couple.

To anyone who has photographed the atrium, this is a very familiar--too familiar--shot.  The brise soleil was extended, creating more light in the interior.  It can be seen faintly beyond the glass of the ceiling.  Perhaps there is too much going on--or else I am just getting jaded.  I actually like the shot below better, just because the alignment is different.

Normally, I try very hard to make the shot as symmetrical as possible.  Positioning the camera off-center by even an inch or two can make it impossible to completely balance the shot in post processing.  Here are a couple of shots of the spinal column of the atrium.

I think I nailed the symmetry in these shots.

Here is another shot intentionally off-center.

I like this shot because of its asymmetrical composition.  Again, maybe I'm just getting a little jaded.

Finally, here are a couple of shots of some of the smaller details of the Calatrava.

As in the prior photo, I took this shot "off-center," not looking directly down the row of triangular supports.

And here is a simple shot of a light well at the top of the interior wall leading from the atrium toward the museum's main exhibit hall.

Taken with my Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 lens.

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