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Heads (Not Talking)   2 comments


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Heads (Not Talking)

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Time for a little Halloween fun. Creepy enough for ya?

While walking around the grounds of the medieval German church shown in Here’s the Church; It is in Stiepel, we stumbled upon a curious art installation tucked away in a corner of the property. All of the heads seem to be looking directly at the church.

The fact that the installation is not far away from some ancient headstones makes it all the more oogie.

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HDR processed from three hand-held exposures, processed with a combination of Nik/Google’s Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, and Viveza.

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The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany   5 comments


The Iron Men of Hattingen, Germany

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Hattingen, it would seem, is a rather proud town.

Outside the old, walled section of the town stand these statues by Polish artist Zbigniew Fraczkiewicz. The iron men symbolize the battle for steel manufacturing in Hattingen. (In 1720, there were 52 operating coal mines within the municipal area and Hattingen became one of the first industrial cities of the Ruhr region. Steel production started in 1853, when the Henrichshütte was founded. The Henrichshütte became one of the most important employers of the whole region and dominated the town until it closed in 1987.)

The town of Hattingen was first mentioned in 1396, when the Duke of Mark granted permission to build a city wall. Today, Hattingen has a picturesque historic district with Fachwerk (timber-framed houses) built between the 14th and 16th centuries. The old city is still partly surrounded by the city walls, and provides a place for fascinating strolls through medieval buildings.

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Stone Cold Kitty   8 comments


Stone Cold Kitty

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Phew! Almost done working on a non-photography related job, so hopefully I’ll soon get a chance to shoot and produce more than I have over the last month.

In the meantime, meet “Stone Cold Kitty.” She sits on top of a rustic, hand-built wall at the Good Life Center in Maine, the same location where Alien Landing was taken. (More info on the Center can be found on that page.)

During processing, I had to figure out how to effect the best crop. In most cases we should try to follow the Rule of Thirds, placing the key subject at one of the intersection points, but it didn’t work out well in terms of retaining the goodness of the wall texture and the colorful plantings. In this case, the best solution was to leave the subjects at the top third line, even if kitty winds up being dead center. After locking in the crop, I think it improved the original composition quite a bit.

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Bench Press   5 comments


A sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina

Bench Press

Image © 2011 Rob Hanson Photography, All Rights Reserved

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A recent post on 500px by Daniela Duncan reminded me of our visit to Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. I had created a few images from that location, but thought it would be nice to revisit the archives to see what else was available. I found this guy, right where I left him.

Brookgreen Gardens is an amazing place, particularly in the spring when the azaleas are blooming. Well maintained, the extensive gardens have walking paths, fields, animals, and an incredible collection of sculpture. It’s definitely a must-see, but be sure to allot most of a day to see everything.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. Three exposure, center at ISO 200, f/2.8, 20mm 1/250s

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