Lynn and I recently spent a pleasant couple of days over in St. Petersburg. Here are a few photos and some background info.
I’m a long time fan of Clyde Butcher and wanted to visit his “Visions of Dali’s Spain” exhibit at the Salvador Dali Museum. I enjoyed viewing his very large black and white prints up close and the juxtaposition with Dali’s work was fascinating. If you can’t make it over there, you can view the photos, watch a video about it, and learn more at this link: https://clydebutcher.com/pc/photographs/dalis-spain/.
He used a digital camera for this project instead of his normal large format film approach, and I thought it was interesting that the results are so similar. If he hadn’t explained this in the video, I wouldn’t have suspected he didn’t use film.
Lynn mentioned wanting to visit the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. I’d heard of Dale Chihuly and his blown glass art work before, but I’d only ever seen a piece or two in isolation. This is a different and much better experience.
The artwork itself is exquisite with amazing form and color. Seeing it in this setting, where it’s been professionally arranged and lighted was amazing!
Glasswork can be very difficult to photograph. The illumination has to show the form without reflecting hotspots and obscuring details with shadows. In all cases, this lighting was perfect and the shadows enhanced the view and revealed even more details. I think photographers can learn quite a bit studying these displays.
I really enjoyed seeing this. If you get a chance, go.
I managed to get up for sunrise one morning while we were there. I debated driving down to Fort Desoto, but ended up taking the easy way out and explored the nearby waterfront instead.
There’s construction in the area, so I picked viewpoints to hide that. I liked the view above of the north basin at dawn. And the mid-day reflections and clouds in this next one caught my eye too.
It was a short, but lovely visit. You can view more photos from our trip in this album on Flickr.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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