I love a deceptively simple-looking architectural photo. John Griffiths worked some magic with the exposure of Eastern Market’s ceiling, managing to fill the darker walls and market stalls under the overhangs, without overexposing the rafters near the skylight. The soft light gives the large warehouse the aura of a cathedral.
It’s Friday, so it’s time for most of us to finish up work and try to relax – which I’ll try not to say in every single Friday In Frame, though it’s likely to continue influencing my choices. It’s been a particularly long week, so I was searching the pool for something soothing. Some lovely flora will sometimes do the trick, or perhaps a sunset over the water, and there’s always the cute doggie route. But then you run across this and have to start all over again. I kept coming back to this incredible street portrait by Lynford Morton. The lines are just perfect, with the trumpet parallel to the framing arch. The blue cast, that’s surely coming from the vibrant displays on the Verizon Center, makes it look as though our musician, who is somehow mastering the look of easy intensity, is standing on a club stage rather than the sidewalk. As Lynford noted on Flickr, “A guy in the crowd requested some New Orleans themed song, and when they got going, you couldn’t tell you weren’t on Bourbon Street.” And indeed, the entire image radiates that feeling.
According to National Geographic, Andy (yes, that is the name the U.S. Botanic Garden gave its corpse flower) bloomed while the place was closed, denying the general public the opportunity to enjoy its much-anticipated but short-lived stench. That didn’t stop this young woman from anticipating the notorious “dead body” smell in this marvelous moment captured by Flickr contributor Phil. (EXIF.)
Our inaugural photo walk at Union Market last Saturday was a great success, drawing about a dozen shutterbugs in spite of the stifling heat. A mix of familiar and new faces first chatted, some geeked out over gear, then all set off to wander the bustling building and beyond. This is a sampling of what we saw:
While there’s quite a lot going on in this photo from Yonas Hassen, it’s subtle enough not to be distracting. Like stars in an urban night sky, the signage becomes more apparent the longer you gaze. The roll-up garage door’s uneven frame complements the the triangular shapes in the left of the shot, while the hospital-issue pale green walls provide a soothing backdrop, with the splash of gold accenting the scene from behind the cinder blocks. (EXIF.)