THE EASTERN ROAD, NASSAU, GAZEBO: This enhanced image was shot along the most picturesque section of public beach along the Eastern Road. The gazebo is quite derelect now but still makes for an evocative image.
Shot with a Nikon D3100, 10-24 DX lens at 13mm, ISO 800, 1/200 sec., f25. Copyright photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
NIAGARA FALLS SPRING TULIPS: They are not out yet, but by late April, the tulips will be in full bloom throughout the Niagara Falls parks system. It’s a favourite place to visit early in the spring when millions of tulips adorn the well-kept gardens, the daffodils carpet Queen Victoria Park and the magnolias bloom along the path near the Floral Showhouse. If you plan your visit for when the magnolias are in full flower (usually late April/early May, depending on the year), you’ll also see plenty of tulips and daffodils too.
These tulips were at the Floral Showhouse, just ¼ mile south of the Horseshoe Falls at 7541Niagara River Parkway. The outside gardens are free to visit. There’s a paid parking lot right there. You can even stay up to speed with the pace of your favourite flows signing up for the Niagara Parks Bloom Watch.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 18-200 DX VR lens at 200mm, f/32, 1/100 sec., ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
CLOISTERS, BRESSANONE (BRIXEN) CATHEDRAL OF THE ASSUMPTION, ITALY: The word ‘cloisters’ is derived from the Latin ‘claustrum’ or enclosure. It’s an open space surrounded by covered walks, usually in the form of a square. It is open space in a monastery or nunnery that still affords much privacy. If you’ve ever heard or used the word ‘cloistered’—meaning a sheltered existence—that’s where it originates. This cloisters is attached to the Cathedral of the Assumption. It was were built around 1200 A.D. in the Romanesque period. There are many beautiful frescoes on the vaulted ceiling, mostly from the 14th to 16th centuries, many of which have been restored. While the town is officially Bressanone, it is also popularly known by its Austrian name, Brixen. More that 70 per cent of the peole there speak German. Shot with Nikon D3100 with 10-24 Nikkor lens at 12mm at 1600 ISO, 1/25 sec, f/6.3, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
OLD AND NEW TALL BUILDINGS, CHICAGO: Chicago is one of my favourite American cities. I particularly like the careful mix of old and newer architecture and the pride Chicagoans have in their built heritage. There is lots of information on-line that is worth checking out to learn more about the architectural beauty of America’s “Second City.” Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great site and has excellent information about architectural tours. Chicago Architecture Info is another great source of information about Chicago buildings. A View on Cities is a website that features very good basic information about architecture in the great cities of the world. The site contains lots of information about Chicago’s buildings, including photos, year of construction, height, etc. Good for identifying buildings.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 130mm, f5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 800. 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
DOME AND BALDACCINO, ST. PETER’S BASILICA, ROME: Michelangelo became the chief architect at St. Peter’s in 1546. By the time of his death in 1564, the dome was still not complete. The vault was completed in 1590 by Giacomo della Porta. Domenico Fontana then built the lantern and the dome was complete by 1593. The interior of the dome is 42.3 metres in diameter and rises 120 meters above the floor. The baldacchino sits directly below the dome and is the main visual focal point of the great church. It is made from almost 1,000 tons of bronze that was removed from the roof of the Pantheon. Designed by Bernini, the baldacchino was completed in 1633, and is accented with gold leaves. It stands 30 metres tall. The beautiful spiral columns are similar in style to the original St. Peter’s Basilica.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, Nikon A-FS 10-24mm lens at 10mm, 1/13 sec, f3.5, ISO 800. John Ecker | pantheon photography