GARDEN TERRACE, GETTY CENTRE, LOS ANGELES: A visit to the Getty Center is a great way to spend half a day in L.A. The location and the view it offers is reason enough to visit this mountain-top landmark. The collection includes many wonderful paintings, including van Gogh’s Irises, Monet’s The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Light, Rembrandt’s An Old Man in Military Costume and wonderful sculptures, including my favourite, Marino Marini’s Angels of the Citadel. Architect Richard Meier’s design of the complex is inspired. 1.2 million square feet of travertine stone was used. This photo is an elevated view of the Garden Terrace restaurant on a sunny winter day. Yes, it’s worth a visit to the Getty Center. The on site Restaurant has an excellent menu and reservations are a good idea.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 18-200 DX zoom lens at 65mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec., f4. Copyright photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
CANOE ART IN CHICAGO: The Navy Pier in Chicago is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and visitors to the Windy City. It has lots of fun things for families— amusement park rides, boat tours, music and food. It also hosts excellent art, including the Smith Museum of Stained Glass (really worth a visit and home to some of the most spectacular stained glass art in America) and beautiful outside art. In the summer of 2012, I was captivated by Nancy Rubins’ installation called “Monochrome II Chicago.” I photographed the work at various times during a recent visit to Chicago. My favourite time was late in the day when the evening sun added some golden touches to the aluminum canoes. I shot from many angles and particularly liked this one. The odd angles of the canoes against the geometric patterns in the Lake Point Tower provided a contrast in shapes that I found very powerful.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm at 112mm f8, 1/60 sec, 800 ISO. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
Capitol Building, view from Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography
CAPITOL BUILDING, VIEW FROM LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Capitol building is such a dominant landmark in the city. The layout of the city affords visitors terrific views from a wide variety of places throughout Washington. Finding a new perspective is not easy. I came across this interesting angle while visiting the Library of Congress.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X with a Nikkor AF-S f 18-200 lens at 55mm,f7.1, 1/1600 sec, ISO 800. Image by John Ecker | pantheon photography