Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Big City

A cliche to be sure, but you can take the boy out of the country, but......
SO I maybe get near the Twin Cities once a year, usually around midnight, just skirting it on the way to North Dakota.  The sky scrapers of St. Paul and Minneapolis are seen in the distance and I take pause to admire the architecture that is worlds away from Neillsville. This weekend however, the buildings were up close and personal and filled me with awe.  The structures here must be some of the finest anywhere-not as many as some cities, but still, so impressive.  A wedding of a close friend was celebrated in the downtown area along the Mississippi and we had a chance to stay right in the middle of these giants.  As we walked around the center of the city I just had to just start randomly pressing the shutter.  Not composing a thing-not even looking into the viewfinder (as maybe you'll be able to tell)....just walking and clicking.  With the massive buildings on all sides, just angling the camera up is all I needed to do to get a few interesting images.  I guess in the back of my mind, I didn't want to be seen as a tourist stumbling around taking snapshots in the big city, even though that was the most closest thing to what I was.  Still, I couldn't stand that thought, so I tried to be sneaky in shooting with my compact camera.
I took just 60 or 70 images and most, understandably were not worth a lot, but some, like this seemed to work for me.  As I flipped through them, I realized the ones I was most attracted to were ones with strong geometric shapes-well, dahhhh, of course, you're in a big city.  It is so opposite of what surrounds me everyday, plus everything is vertical.  Almost all needed (in my mind) to be black and white, and I used some film emulators and other pre-sets that seem to work for me.
Tenley in the Big City with Color
The Foshay Reflection

One Way


So maybe I did leave a lot in color......after uploading them here, I noticed that it wasn't just the B&W that made the cut.  Also noticed that Tenley makes guest appearances in a lot of them.  Oh well, she is a small town girl in wonder as well.

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