Gary Butler  

Strong Play Museum by Gary Butler

June 2020 - Strong Play Museum

June 2020 - Gary Butler


About the Image(s)

This is the Strong Children's Play Museum in downtown Rochester. The 2 portions you can see are the Butterfly (yes it contains living butterflies year-round) and the new parking garage. I shot these images about 30 minutes before sunset 1 week ago. I was shooting 3 shot bracketing at ISO 800, f/20, 24mm and speeds of 1/30th, 1/13th and 1/5 of a second (+/- 1EV).

I did some standard adjustments in LR to all three images (1 original included here) and then processed the HDR in DxO's Efex Pro software. I removed some of the distractions. from the image - most notably the light post and the graffiti and broken edges on the foreground dominos.

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5 comments posted

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, you make finding beauty in cities seem so effortless. My daughter lives in Rochester. I have visited her hundreds of times, with and without a camera. I have some nice photographs, but none as lovely as those you share on this discussion list. I like the way you use color and contrast forms and shapes in this image. The young cherry tree in the foreground provides a natural color that complements the colors in the distant buildings. My eye wants to delete the arrows and lines on the street in the foreground, but this is a city scene after all.   Posted: 06/05/2020 19:56:42
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
You will have to let me know when you are in Rochester. Perhaps we can arrange to go shoot some images together.   Posted: 06/06/2020 07:01:04

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Very nice image Gary. I agree with Charles, you do get some wonderful urban images. I think you have taken a rather ordinary scene, something that most people pay no attention to, and created a great image. To my eye everything in this image works well, the composition is nicely balanced and my eye flows easily through each part of the image.   Posted: 06/06/2020 10:51:35

Scott Messer   Scott Messer
Great composition. The colors of the parking garage next to the magenta tree work together very well. The image is nice and sharp. The only thing that I might have done was replace the sky to make it a bit more interesting.   Posted: 06/07/2020 13:43:31

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Wow, you sure find interesting architecture! I love the way you "juiced" it up and brought out the colors. The Butterfly House is almost in the tightest swirl of a Golden Spiral. I like the deletion of the light pole and the foreground dominos (nicely cleaned and repaired) certainly leads you into the image. Kudos!   Posted: 06/24/2020 15:53:30