Sunday, May 10, 2015

ABSTRACTS AT MALL OF AMERICA

On our recent trip to the Twin Cities we spent a little time shopping at the Mall of America, and I took the opportunity to catch a few abstract images of the mall.  I think the best that can be said for the architecture is that it is diverse.  Here first is a (too) simple shot of the ceiling above a central pavilion.


I turned it into a black & white because it didn't have much color to begin with.

Apple recently came out with its Apple Watch and had an interesting window display that included circular lights that kept changing colors.  I took a number of shots trying to catch a diversity of colors.  This was the best of that lot.


And here is another design from a different storefront that caught my eye.


Better, I thought.

One section of the mall featured crystals suspended on strings.  In the past I had tried to shoot these elements from the side.  This time I took a few shots from directly underneath.  Here is one of  those.

 
The question here was how to choose the aperture and what to focus on.  I shot this at f/4, but I'm really not sure what I was focusing on.  I don't think it mattered much.  The area from which the crystal strings are suspended is not centered on the ceiling design.

Each of the four corners of the rectangular mall features a different open space, including a distinct skylight.  Here are two of those.



I guess this is what I mean by abstract.

John

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