Sunday, August 20, 2017


Last Friday evening was warm, and I took my camera downtown to capture some of the urban scene.

The new Northwestern Mutual business tower is a handsome, glass-faced building that is opening soon.  I have found it difficult to photograph.  Here I positioned the building behind a young locust tree.  Mediocre, but with my new, wide-angled lens, at least it was not difficult to keep both the tree and the tower in fairly good focus.

Nearby there are a couple of high-rise condo buildings that were, frankly, built too close together.  

While I was taking a few shots, one of the residents drove up and questioned what I was doing and my right to be there.  I'm not sure what right I did have to be there, but I wasn't going to give in to the resident, who wound up driving off in a bit of a huff.

Nearby were some petunias that I liked.

Then, as the sun was setting, I made way over to the Milwaukee River.  I liked the composition of the following shot along the city's Riverwalk.

The river is a busy place on summer weekend nights.  Here I wanted to capture the lights reflected in the river.

These were taken with a tripod.  There was a breeze ruffling the river, which created a bit of a metallic quality to the light reflected in the river.  Generally, the longer the exposure, the smoother the appearance of the river reflections.  These shots involved exposures of about one second each.