Friday, June 28, 2013

Favorite Friday - Zion National Park

Turns out I didn't start taking pictures this past Tuesday.  In fact I have been capturing images for a long time and with some level of adeptness since a course I took back in high school. 

I have been thinking of a way to weave in these images from the past into the blog narrative of today.  Hence the idea of Favorite Friday is born.

In October of 2011we took my parents in law on vacation with us on the Canyon tour of Utah and Arizona.  Along the way we stopped at Kollob, Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyons.  We spent a couple days in Zion, including on one day a hike to the Emerald Pools. 

The Emerald pools are small ponds up the side of the canyon walls that are filled with water tinged by a greenish algae that gives them their names.  As the trail leads you too the pools, you pass by the other outlets for the source that creates the pools, namely water emanating from deep within the rock.
The pools themselves were somewhat over run with other people which somewhat diminished their serene effect. 

But all along the trail to the pools, as the canyon walls weeped with water from a deeper source, serene isolation was had.  The walls and the water were cooling and soothing both from the heat of the canyon floor and from the frantic nature of my day to day life. 

Sometimes I shoot images not "of things" but rather to capture the mood and the feeling of the time and place.  These photos often lack a distinct subject but that is by design.  The subject is the viewer himself and if the image is effective, he or she can feel the mood and the feeling I felt in the space and moment I took the picture.

I don't know if you will feel what I felt that afternoon, but every time I look at the prints of these images on my wall, I am reminded that there is a deeper source that weeps with us in our times of trial and refreshes and reinvigorates us along the way...



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BMW Museum - 328 Superleggera

I am a big racing fan, IndyCar is my main obsession, followed by doses of Sportscars and F1.  Despite this interest in motorsports as competition, I am not really a "Car Guy".  I tend to geek Architecture and Structural Engineering feats a bit more.  Some evidence can be found in yesterday's post of the BMW headquarters in Munich.

Today, we go inside at the BMW Museum and take a look at one of the cars on display.  The car is a 328 Superleggera.  I did not note the year exactly but some Wikipedia research post hoc suggests it is likely late 30's to 1940 in manufacture.

On the whole, this is a very beautiful car.  But as I shoot a subject, I rarely take images of the Gestalt that is an object.  I tend to break the subject apart into details.  Part of this is to focus on the elements of craftsmanship or design that went into the creation of the larger object and part of it is to let the observer ponder what the rest of the object is and allow their own imagination to formulate it in their mind.

There are two images from the 328 I have decided to process and share.  The grill conveyed to me the feel of something sensual and I hope to have captured that with the Image. 

The Leather buckle is used to secure the hood down while the car was in use.  We tend to think of cars as a product of the mass production industrial age, but the buckle just screams "Trade and Craftsmanship" to me. 

A note about this image - the vehicle obviously is old and is in great condition.  The paint is original, but there were a few scratches in this second image which I removed in gimp after some original processing in Lightroom.  The point is - it's not everyday you get to remove scratches from a classic!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BMW Headquarters Abstract

I have been toying with the idea of starting a Photo Blog to more easily share images I have taken and it seems that there is no time like the present.

I thought about doing something fancy or complicated for a first post, but figured that sort of effort might be better timed if a dry spell should present itself down the road.  SO lets get to it.

Today's image comes from a stack of images I recently took while in Europe.  Our travels took us to the BMW Headquarters in Munich.  The headquarters and attached museum were built leading up to the 1972 Olympics and are across the street from the Olympic Park which is still utilized today for various activities.

This image is of the headquarters building which may be of interest to both Architecture fans as well as structural engineers.  The building is composed of 4 large tubes of office floors and space.  All four are attached to a central column that supports the weight of the building.  The side of each tube opposite the side that is attached to the building's central column appears to be floating, without support.  In fact at the bottom of the building, only the central core is apparent depending on the viewer's position.

To add to the drama,  there are 1 story breaks in the tubes 2/3rds of the way up each column.  From a distance these breaks create the appearance of a total of 8 tubes.  From the vantage point where this image was shot, they are the dark areas along the two visible columns.