This past spring I had the opportunity to spend some time not only in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but also a little wandering around some small towns, especially Front Royal, Virginia. My favorite area of course was the historic district.
This scene is of part of the town square, which isn’t actually shaped like a square, but it is a lovely park with a beautiful gazebo in the center, in the historic district.
I decided to go really wide with this shot. I would like to have had a Fisheye, but didn’t have one unfortunately! Maybe next time! 🙂
The colors and tones really came out nicely against the beauty of the blue sky and clouds. It was a picture perfect day!!
After spending a few hours walking up and down the streets of Front Royal, I headed up into the mountains. The weather you see here was totally different from what I experienced just a few miles away, and a couple of thousand feet higher in elevation.
If you’ve been checking out any of my images on 500px. You may have noticed that! 🙂
When you look at the title of this image, then actually take a look at the photo. You may wonder why such a title? Well I’ll explain. First of all let me tell you that it was a cold late winter”s day when I took this. I was on the same architectural photo hunt that I mentioned to you in my previous post.
After going around the main part of the central campus of The University of Michigan, I headed off towards the direction of the hospital, which is still part of the school. There are plenty of medical school buildings there as well.
After turning onto a side street I happened upon the building you see here. I really wanted to get out of the car and take in the whole of the building, but I wasn’t able to, I searched everywhere for some place to park. I knew I just had to have an image of this place although I had no idea even what it was from the vantage point I was in.
Being that it was in the middle of the day, on a busy week day. There were cars, and people everywhere, and no way for me to actually park and roam around. So I did the only thing I could.
I put my car in park, put on my flashers, right in front of the building and took a few photos of the entrance area. I loved the style of architecture, looking like that of something from the U.K.!
In the color version of this image you can see all the embellishment and the crest above the doorway really standing out in on the brick. You can see it here too, but not quite the same.
You may also notice bunches of snow still piled up along the stairs and entry area. Well this is where the title comes in.
When I was processing this photo, I noticed there was quite a bit of salt that had been put down on the stairs and walkway. The salt was blue in color, so of course it was not plain salt, but one mixed with additives to melt ice. This didn’t look very nice, but it also wasn’t very practical to take it out of the photo either.
So I opted to leave it in, and do a monochrome version, and then title it “Salt”. Since I didn’t know the name of the structure, I had to search it up. I came to know that it is the Kinesiology Building. Part of the U of M, and also has a sign on another area that says Observatory Lodge. I’ll find out more about it in the future.
I’m planning on going back there again. Probably in the warm weather, when I’m able to get out of the car, find an actual parking space, and get a full view of this lovely piece of architecture. I know you’ll love seeing the complete structure too!
For something a little different tonight. I decided to go a little overboard in processing this image, just for fun!
I did a little photo walk on my own not long ago, and just went walking around a town taking in the scenes, and getting some shots here and there of whatever caught my eye.
I really liked the doors here, as well as the beautiful brick work, and architecture. All of it being an historic building.
For some reason when I was processing this I just felt like taking it out of what I normally do, which is good for a change. I feel it really brings out the brick work! I wanted to bring out the doors too in a different way, but I’ll plan that when I go back and process it again!
I hope you like it, and can get a feel for the structure, historic feel, and mood! BTW, it was freezing that day, but without snow! 🙂