Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Salt Museum on Onondaga Lake


Previously, I thought I was done with posting images from my trip to Onondaga Lake but I this one of the Salt Museum caught my eye. When I first saw the museum, I was looking at it straight on and noticed the way the shadows were raking across the facade. I thought that was interesting so I slowly started to walk over to it in order to explore. I tried a number of different angles but decided I needed my wide-angle lens to get the details I wanted. The stone stairs in front were a neat feature so I tried a few positions to get them in frame with the building. This image is actually from about the half way point in my exploration of the front facade. I kept working in closer and closer ending up with the image of just the door handle.

In this I like how the various elements come together: the shadows, peeling paint, snow, stone, wood, blue sky, etc. They all seem to work together to keep the eye moving through the scene. I think without the stone stairs the image is much more mundane. They provide a needed element here. I debated about applying some perspective correction to keep the building from looking a bit like it is leaning over, but in the end, decided that if I did that I would cut off the stairs and so did not want to do it.

I wanted to say thanks to Jason Moore for his P & P Blogger Profile about me on his excellent blog. Welcome to any of you who may have come through from his site. I would encourage everyone to check his stuff out. And the other cool thing is that he is another local photographer I have gotten to know. Join us for a photowalk in Ithaca on April 18th.

Thanks for stopping by.

5 comments:

Kevin Mullins said...

Nice to see your profile over on Jason's site Beau. Nice images nice to have a story to go with them too...

webswift said...

I can't tell you exactly why I like the shot, I just do. Perhaps it's the shadow play on the face of the building or perhaps the nice tonal range. Nice shot.

Cheers, Markus

Anonymous said...

fun shading and shadows... and enjoyed reading your profile at "Jason's"... (great snow pic!)Kathy

John Brainard said...

Wow! You managed to capture a lot of detail in that as well as keep it sharp throughout the whole image. I like the whole image... The colors, the detail, the composition.

Well done!

Howard Grill said...

I really like the strong textures and shapes in this one! I often find strong shadows distracting, but in this shot they really work and work well to become part of the whole feel of the image.