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23 Nov

Looking Up In NYC

NYC Travel Pics

This was my first time in NYC, so I guess it's no surprise that I spent a lot of time looking up.

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Ernst & Young Time Square

The vertical scale of the city is so hard to capture. 

FDNY & GNC

Every time I looked up it presented a completely different view. This was captured on the South East corner of Central Park, where we were waiting to start a walking tour. The birds kept fleeing and returning to this lightpost. I wouldn't have even noticed the security cameras watching me if I hadn't looked up to see the birds.

Central Park and Grand Army

This was photographed from the same location, only looking South. The hotel on the right is covered in a printed mesh scrim while it undergoes renovation.

57th and 5th

NYC is as architecturally diverse as the people who live and travel there. Modern glass apartments coexist with old brick and stone  buildings.

NYC new

I prefer the older buildings and I hope the city makes it a priority to keep and restore them.

old and new

NYC old

One option is to build new modern skyscrapers on top of the old, as was done for the Hearst Tower.

Hearst Tower

I wasn't wowed by the Trump Tower. I expected something more. The bronze glass panes just looked tacky to me. I like the reflections on the side of the building more than the building itself.

Trump Tower

I spent a lot of time looking up even when I was inside. This is St. Patricks Cathedral, undergoing a major renovation. You can see scaffolding in the upper right of this image.

St. Patricks Cathedral

Rockefeller Center seemed much smaller than I had imagined. I did enjoy seeing all the flags. This is the flag of Luxembourg with the United States.

Rockefeller Center

I took many classic shots of Lady Liberty from the front of the Island, but I especially like this view of her torch seen while looking up through the trees.

Statue Of Liberty

 

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11 Nov

Washington DC

Photographic Highlights

Highlights from our July, 2013 visit to Washington DC

Washington DC Architecture

Lincoln

National Capital Tour

Monuments and Memorials

 

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11 Nov

Washington DC

Monuments and Memorials

These are the monuments and memorials I saw while in DC. The Lincoln Memorial deservedly gets it's own photo blog. Lincoln Memorial images can be viewed here.

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World War II Memorial on a hot summer day.

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Korean Memorial

Korean Memorial

Korean Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

Washington Monument reflected in the Vietnam Memorial wall.

Vietnam Memorial

Washintgon Monument shrouded in scaffolding while it undergoes repairs from the 2011 earthquake.

Washington Memorial

Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Washington Memorial

Washington Monument scaffolding.

Washington Memorial

View of the Washington Monument from Arlington National Cemetary.

Arlington Grave

View from Arlington of downtown DC with a plane landing at Regan International airport.

Arlington

Possibly a relative?

Arlington Grave

Paying his respects at Bobby Kennedy's humble, simple gravesite. The Custis-Lee Mansion crouches in the background. The capture of the Mansion by the Union Army, and its use of the grounds as a burial site for Union Officers, is the origin of Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington Bobby Kennedy Grave

Arlington Memorial Amphitheater

Arlington

Arlington Memorial Amphitheater inside,  reminds me of the Balboa Park Organ Pavilion. 

Arlington Memorial Stadium

Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with the US Capitol seen in the background.

Arlington Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Almost everyone watches the changing of the guards ceremony with the back of their camera or phone.

Arlington Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Memorial and Exhibit.

Woodrow Wilson Memorial

US Marine Corps War Memorial in the rain as the sun sets.

Marine Core Memorial

Martin Luther King Memorial.

Martin Luther King Memorial

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10 Nov

Washington DC

Capitol Tour

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The US Capitol is a must see for anyone visiting DC. 

US Capital

The public tour runs like a well oiled machine, possibly the only thing within these walls that runs so well.

US Capital

The Crypt room is located directly below the Capitol Rotunda. Forty Doric syle columns support the floor of the Capitol Rotunda above.

US Capital

Us Capital

US Capital

The outer round wall is lined with sculptures. Some statues are part of The National Statuary Hall Collection which are a collection of statues donated from each state.

The bust is of Lincoln. See a close up of Lincoln's bust here.

US Capital

This is the New Hampshire state statue of John Stark.

US Capital - National Statuary Colllection

The architectural details of the Capitol Rotunda are incredible. I wish I could spend some time alone in the room with my camera and tripod, but that's not an option. These photos are my hand held, best attempt to capture what I saw.

US Capital Dome

US Capital Dome

US Capital Dome

Every visitor tried to capture the same thing.

US Capital Dome

The Capitol Rotunda is lined with large oil paintings and more sculptures. This painting is the Surrender of General Burgoyne. The statue is of Alexander Hamilton.

US Capital Dome

The National Statuary Hall houses most of the State statues. Our red coat guide made sure to point out, and tell us something about every state represented by members of our tour group.

US Capital Statuary Hall

US Capital Statuary Hall

This was originaly where the House of Representatives met. The public gallery is still visable behind the columns.

The gold statue is Rosa Parks. She is the most recent addition, commissioned by congress and unveiled in February, 2013.

US Capital Statuary Hall

Our California state statue is of Father Junipero Serra.

US Capital Statuary Hall

This smaller replica of the Statue of Freedom, which stands on top of the dome, is on display in the visitor center.

US Capital Statue of Freedom replica

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10 Nov

Washington DC

Lincoln

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Lincoln's legacy is a huge part of the Washington DC narrative. He is everywhere. This is window screen at the Lincoln Museum accross the street from Ford's Theater.

Lincoln Museum

The image of Washington served as a Presidential Seal before there was one. This is the Ford's Theater balcony where Lincoln was shot.

Lincoln Museum

Lincoln Memorial stairs are a popular viewing place for July 4th fireworks. This image was taken four hours before the fireworks started on a hot 95˚ afternoon.

Lincoln Memorial

I've seen lots of Linclon Memorial pictures, but none of them prepared me for the incredible shapes and form of the sculpture. 

Lincoln Memorial

I tried to capture every detail.

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

This bust of Lincoln is located in the Capital Building and can be seen when taking the Captial Tour. I think it really captures the strain and stresses of his presidency.

Lincoln Capital Building

This Lincoln sculpture is also in the Capital Building. The sun shining through sky lights create some dramatic lighting.

Lincoln Capital Building

Lincoln Capital Building

This is an illustrative style HDR image created for my HDR students.

Lincoln Memorial

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10 Nov

Washington DC

Architecture

The view of the Capitol Building is impressive from every angle.

Washington DC architecture

I love how pedestrain friendly the streets and sidewalks are. The best way to see the city is by foot, but beware of the Summer heat and humidity.  Water and headcoverings are a must. 

Washington DC architecture

On the East side of the Capitol, the Dome is seen reflected in the sky lights for the Visitor Center below.

Washington DC architecture

Old and new architecture define the landscape.

Washington DC architecture

Old brick architecture is seen reflected in modern glass buildings.

Washington DC architecture

The Sun Trust Bank Building adds great color.

Washington DC architecture

Washington DC architecture

Washington DC architecture


Washington DC architecture

Planters like these line sidewalks in front of many important buildings. Most likely they are strategically placed for security reasons.

Washington DC architecture

Washington DC architecture

The flags were blowing at Union Station just before the rains came.

Washington DC architecture

Smithsonian American Art and Portraiture

National Archives

Washington DC architecture

The Mexican Embassy is the strangest intersection of old and new architecture we saw in DC.

Mexican Embassy

A couple of things surpised me when I saw the White House for the first time. First I expected it to be bigger, and second I didn't expect that we could stand so close to it.

I examined these images closely looking for security guards in the windows or snipers on the roof, but couldn't find anyone. I'm sure someone watched me take these pictures though, even if I couldn't see them.

White House

White House

The Jefferson Building houses the Library of Congress. It is one of the most beautiful interiors I have ever seen. Photographs just can't do it justice.

Washington DC architecture

Washington DC architecture

The general public is not allowed in the Library of Congress, but they can view it from an upstairs platform surrounded by plexiglass. I took this photograph through the glass and was happy it came out in focus.

Washington DC architecture

The Post Office Building Clock Tower is open to the public and it offers great views of the city. Sadly, the interior of the building needs upgrades, and some different uses.  The sad, depressed state of the souvenir shops and junk food establishments inside its mall almost act as a deterrent to riding the elevator up to enjoy the  expansive, 360-degree Tower views.  

Washington DC architecture

This roof top garden can be seen from the Clock Tower lookout.

Washington DC architecture

The DC Metro offers the finest public transportation all within some pretty cool underground architecture.  Eat your heart out, BART. 

DC Metro

DC Metro

 

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