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.
Bodie Bank Vault
The ghost town of Bodie, a California State Park, is a turn of the century mining town in “arrested decay”. That means that they don’t help prevent the decay of the town, but they don’t help it either. If you want to see an old gold mining town, Bodie is the place to visit.
On a warm spring day, I spent an entire day exploring as much of the site as I could. While they have blocked off a lot of the buildings from entrance, you can still get some good vantage points from which to shoot from. The screen they use to cover the windows, is at least four inches square.
In the old bank building, they still have most of the brick vault and the original door to the safe. While it is inside of the brick building, there is enough room near the entrance to position a flash and the camera to get some interesting shots.
I liked the ornate painting that they used on the door and the simplicity of the combination lock and handle. I can imagine the bank manager opening the vault at the beginning of the day to get the money for the teller and locking it up every night after placing the deposits inside. If only it could talk.