The Buffalo Museum of History

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I drove into Buffalo for a few hours and stopped at the Buffalo Museum of History.  This is a view of the front entrance (which is actually the back).  I will show the actual front in the next post.

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ISO 4000, F/22, 1/1000 sec, 24 mm lens

ISO 4000, F/22, 1/1000 sec, 24 mm lens

Angle of View’s Effect on a Building’s Photograph

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I earlier showed a photo of the Allegheny County Soldier’s Memorial building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  From a distance you could see the square design of the building and the grey pyramidal roof.  Then I walked closer and took this photograph very close up to the building which seems like a totally different place.  I did not correct for the extreme wide angle lens as I liked the distortion.  In this view you cannot see the squareness of the building or the roof at all.  You can see the entrance now with the memorial plaques up front and the soldier statue.   The original view of the building is at the bottom for comparison.

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ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm L Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm L Lens

Original view of the same building from further away.  Seeing it from an angle makes it look more “3D”:

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 40 mm Lens

 

Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh

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Cathedral makes it sound like a church, but in fact, this 40 story limestone and steel building is a classroom, administrative building with study lounges and what looked like a student union.  It was built from 1928-1931 and is the second tallest campus building in the world.  See this link for more information on the Cathedral of Learning.

Its a massive building in Pittsburgh and draws your eye from miles around to the University of Pittsburgh.  I went into the building to find myself in a “Harry Potter” like world.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 32 mm Lens

I looked around in the narrow hallways and huge lobby/ study room and took a few photos:

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 36 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 36 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/45 sec, 27 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/45 sec, 27 mm Lens

This photograph had barely visible light and even at ISO 2000, I could barely take the image.  Next I went into the old elevators (cargo) and tried to find an observation platform at the top.  I went up 32 stories into the vacant building and found it all locked so I took the stairs up all the way to the top.  All admin offices and huge padlocks and security systems.   I just wanted a view of downtown Pittsburgh from that height. No luck so I will go back in the future during the week.

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The building looked remarkably different at different angles and on different sides:

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Parthenon Like Building in Pittsburgh

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This building looked like it was trying to be the Parthenon in Athens to me, but it seemed more like one of the official government buildings in Washington DC.  It was a building on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

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ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 28 mm Lens

Concrete and Brick Canyon in Pittsburgh

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I walked all over downtown Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh and found these buildings on each side leading to a round tower.  I tried to get them in a position to be symmetrically even and found they tower was not at the center so it was impossible.

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ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

Perspective Distortion of Cathedral Doors at the University of Pittsburgh

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I was photographing a beautiful cathedral on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.  The huge wooden doors were painted red and had amazing amounts of ironwork on the hinges.  Here I took a photo with a super wide angle lens (17-40 mm L) and of course it distorted the doors a little.  Next to this image I “corrected” the distortion and straightened up the vertical lines.  To me it appears unnatural and I prefer the tilted one.  Any opinions on which is better?

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Photographs separated for you: (Click on small image to see it larger and check out the ironwork hinges!)

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 17 mm Lens

Closeup of the door itself:

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/11, 1/250 sec, 40 mm Lens

I tried every door at the cathedral as I wanted to get inside to take photos and all doors were tightly locked. I will have to go back in the future to see what the inside is like.

 

Allegheny County Soldiers’ Memorial

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While we walk more around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania we come across the Allegheny County Soldiers’ Memorial building.  It is square and beautiful.  I went in and it was a full fledged museum of military artifacts.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/160 sec, 29 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/200 sec, 40 mm Lens

Church in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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After leaving the Carnegie Museum of Science, I walked around the city of Pittsburgh for a short while.  Here is a church just outside of the University of Pittsburgh where a few students are outside waiting around.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 32 mm lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 32 mm lens

Outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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Leaving the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I took a photograph of the outside of the building and its little mascot.

ISO 400, F/13, 1/350 sec, 21 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/13, 1/350 sec, 21 mm Lens

Fossilized Dinosaurs Attack at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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Here at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania they had lots of Dinosaur skeletons and this set was particularly good.  Here a carnivore was attacking a smaller plant eater in a very realistic manner.

ISO 3200, F/4.5, 1/20 sec, 28 mm Lens

ISO 3200, F/4.5, 1/20 sec, 28 mm Lens

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