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“Astor Hall Arches” – New York Public Library

“Astor Hall Arches” - New York Public Library

“Have you remembrances, the glimmering arches that span the summits of the mind?”
– Khalil Gibran

Inside the front doors of the new York Public Library, is Astor Hall, the grand foyer, with it’s high ceilings and barrel arches. When you walk in, you cannot help but look up and around this vast space of bright, intricately carved marble. I can put myself back to a time when this was being built and stone masons hoisted the marble slabs high on scaffolds, put them in place with experienced precision and carvers went to work adorning the arches and panels.

The hall itself is not decorated much and I’m partial to that treatment, so as not to distract from the beauty of the architecture itself. Knowing something of the process involved in constructing these vast spaces, I have a certain reverence for them and try to capture some of that feeling in  my photographs.

Because of the dim lighting in this place I had to break from my ISO 200 rule and let the camera select the most appropriate value. Indoor photography is not where my heart is, but there is beauty everywhere and I wanted to be able to portray that here.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm
1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2000

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“Conservatory Fountain” – Casa Loma, Toronto

“Conservatory Fountain” - Casa Loma

Another long exposure from my visit to Toronto’s Casa Loma. This one is from the Conservatory. A bright spacious room, with a stunning stained glass domed roof. The Conservatory once once held beautiful plants in all seasons. Today it is largely empty but beautiful, nonetheless. The Conservatory is surrounded by large, ornate windows, has Italian marble floors in pink and grey and the walls are lined with pink Ontario marble, quarried in the Bancroft area.

I was fascinated by the fountain, located in an alcove, which was running very slowly and I wanted to see what the image would look like as a long exposure. By Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 has incredible vibration reduction, so I took my chances on a narrow aperture, long exposure, to see what the final image might look like.

The image above is the result of a 1/8 sec handheld exposure. It freezes the water drops as they fall from the fountain bowls, yet still captures the details of the fountain itself.

I have not been to Casa Loma for about 40 years. My last memory was going there on a school trip, but I remember how grand the building was. It was definitely worth the re-visit.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm @ 155mm
1/8 sec @ f/29, ISO 250

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“Marble Lake Spring Time” – Marble Lake, Bancroft

“Marble Lake Spring Time” - Marble Lake, Bancroft

Today, a change-up from the recent posts of flower heads. Last week I spent a few days in the Bancroft area, visiting my art friends and opening up our trailer for the season. It was a gorgeous, warm spring weekend. The air was fresh and clear with a very light breeze, all weekend long. Betty and I decided to head down to the waterfront on Marble Lake to see how my sister’s trailer fared through the winter. We were greeted by the scene above. The lake was almost mirror-like, producing stunning reflections of the clouds and shore-line. It was around 5;20 and the sun was just starting to soften. Creating the right combination of conditions to produce this stunning scene.

I had intended to make a few photos of the lake and shoreline but only had my zoom lens with me. Fortunately, I had my iPhone with me to make this image and am pleased with how well this image conveyed just what I saw. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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iPhone 5s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
1/800 sec @ f/2.2, ISO 32