Wednesday, February 13, 2013

solid color

Header Challenge: Solid Color

February 13, 2013

This week's theme was my pick. I went with "solid color" because I like the idea of finding different shades and reflections on a monochromatic surface. Check out my  pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing  Guy, Katney, Imac (solid colour) and Lew.

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Lots to see in the solid color category! First, I was amused by this tragedy... the Greek actor looks with dismay on the tacky utilitarianism as the artistic and extravagantly sculptured building is marred by a boneheaded placement of a window air conditioning unit. How uncouth!

Now, let's move from Downtown St. Louis, Missouri to Galena, Illinois' Main Street. Deviating from the category of fine art, how about a nice, steampunk Godzilla to dress up a store window?

The tour guide at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum said I was completely free to take pictures inside the museum, so I have the bust of Grant in stone and bronze. I liked how the stone sculpture shows lots of reflected color that it picked up from the sunlit room. The bronze piece shows a before and after pic. The lonely piece on the back was was uninteresting until I crouched to a different position and held an off-camera flash high and to the left.

The Renaissance Suites in Galena felt like a home away from home, except that it had so many gargoyles! They look fun in daylight, but at night I bounced flash up from below to enhance their menacing appearance. Alas, I did not want a gargoyle for my header, so I skipped the fallen angel types and went with a golden messenger from the hosts of heaven. That was taken with a simple, point & shoot, compact camera. I used polarized sunglasses over the lens to get a bluer sky, and forced the flash to fill in some detail in the shady areas.
if Yoda was a gargoyle...


hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil


Lew said...

The stone sculptors of yore certainly chose solid colors! And we see many older buildings whose architecture is ruined by window air conditioners. The gargoyles in snow are scary. Nicely done!

imac said...

Nice to see Craver in his own post here my friend. lol

Nice take too,

I had a golden Angel to post but with being Valentines day tomorrow I switched photos.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Neat capture of the golden angel. I certainly liked your Yoda gargoyle.

Jackie said...

Upon reading Stewart's comment, you know that I was looking for you!

lime said...

love the godzilla., that's a creative little doohickey.

George said...

These are wonder photos for this theme. I really like your header.

Shammickite said...

Ew, those gargoyles are definitely not my cuppa tea. Nice pix though! Happy Valentines day to you and your wife, you crazy lovebirds!

Betty Manousos said...

these are marvellous photos for this theme, craver.

i really like your header.
interesting, sparkling and beautiful!:)

hope you had a great valentine's day.

happy weekend~

EG CameraGirl said...

I always enjoy your humour, Craver!