Touring around Illinois, I had the opportunity to stop at Lincoln’s birth place and museum in Springfield. They had this nice statue of Lincoln across the street in a park. I looked at it from all angles and finally found this.
Yes, there is heavy use of vignetting, but the sky was a boring overcast and I thought it brought attention to the subject and gave it an old fashioned look.
The museum itself was interesting and did a great job showing both the history of the era and what the feelings of the nation were during that turbulent time. I’d like to go back and see it again.
On a visit to Chicago a few years ago, I found this City Warrior guarding an intersection near the lake. I spent a LOT of time trying to find a good shot that I liked and captured the flavor of the piece of art, but almost found nothing that wasn’t “touristy”.
After some research, I found that they were erected in 1928 as a tribute to Native Americans. There has been some discussion about how politically correct they are, but they remain on guard at the entrance to Grant Park. The title of the sculpture is The Spearman. You can read more about the work here and here.
Then I walked out into the middle of traffic, on an island in the middle of the street, and looked up at the statue and saw the pattern of the building in the background. I knew I had my picture.
The tough part was getting the exposure right and making sure that the frame was filled with just the building and the statue.
I’ve been told by a “professional” photographer that my images isn’t that good, but I disagree. If you don’t mind, let me know what you think.