Grand Canyon visit

Hard to describe the immense beauty of this place but, I need to go out and try to capture sunrise so, that’s all I can say for now.  More to come…

Grand Canyon

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263AB 100 tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
22mm @ f/9 – 1/160 sec – ISO 100

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Wild West

The Modern West Gallery of the Booth Museum includes a wide variety of art produced in the last 50 years.  I was amazed by the bright contrasty colors and diversity of media used in these artworks.  My image is another example of the combination of two pieces to form a harmonious composition.  The horse sculpture, painted with indian figures is shown against a backdrop of warm, orange walls and a painting with colors which match those on the horse.

Each gallery area at the Booth has it’s own personality.  The modern section includes everything from sculpture made of metal mechanical parts to pop-art style paintings.  Some parts of the museum are entirely artistic exploration while others are fantastic studies in the history that made the American West such a special place.

I can’t stress enough how much there is here to enjoy.  Even if you aren’t a big western buff, there is bound to be something that will be of interest to nearly anyone.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/5.6 – 1/30 sec – ISO 1250

Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

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Bronco buster

The entrance to the Booth Western Art Museum is marked by a large, dynamic bronze of a cowboy doing the bronco buster thing.  This sculpture is very similar to the iconic Remmington bronze (his first and most famous) of the same subject.  Perhaps that is part of why it takes such a central location at the museum.  People will recognize the subject quickly and connect it with Western art.

The scope and variety of artwork inside is amazing but, you have to get people in for them to appreciate it.  I think this eye-catching work does just the job.  You really can’t miss it and once you see it, you have to go in and have a closer look.  It is amazing how much action there is implied in these figures that are frozen in time.  You can almost feel the dust and sweat flying when you get close.  A great choice for attracting attention and making people want more.

Booth-9541

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 200

Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

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Bartow County Courthouse

After visiting the Booth Western Art Museum, I went for a little walk into the historic downtown of Cartersville, Georgia.  The first thing I noticed on this walk was a golden dome on the other side of the railroad tracks that run through the area so, I headed that way.

I discovered a nice little downtown area full of shops and restaurants.  There were a good number of people enjoying the day as I walked by.  I headed through the shopping area and up the hill to locate the courthouse building.  The red-brick Classical Revival style building just screams out courthouse.

This building is still in use for county offices but the current Bartow County courthouse (Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center) is a modern (1992) building just next door.  I discovered later, that there is also an earlier courthouse building back on the other side of the tracks.

The Old Bartow County Courthouse built in 1869, currently houses the Bartow County Museum and is located right next to the Booth Museum.  Built as Bartow County’s second courthouse and the first in Cartersville, it proved to be unsatisfactory because court proceedings had to be halted while trains passed by on the nearby railroad.  I never thought I would see three courthouses on my little walk here!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
22mm @ f/8 – 1/60 sec – ISO 100

Bartow County Courthouse (1903)
Cartersville, Georgia

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Does size matter?

This sculpture is extremely detailed and realistic.  There are quite a few that fit that description at the Booth Museum but this one is also less than 2 feet tall.  While some of the statuary is life-size or larger, other pieces are more table-top sized.  It amazes me that so much detail can be achieved in metal and in such a small space.

I took several shots of the indian warriors that are on pedistals along the hall of statues just off the atrium.  This one in particular came out as if it were a live model and the image had been given a sepia treatment.  In fact, it is shown here exactly like it looks in the museum.  If you look closely, you can see the pebbled texture of the wall behind the statue.  It is wonderful just to wander around and admire the art in this place.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/5.6 – 1/30 sec – ISO 1250

Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

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The Cowboy

One of the things I like about much of the art at The Booth Museum is the feeling of authenticity.  Often western art can be romanticized as the “wild west” with cowboys presented as the rugged movie-idol, never miss a shot, gun slinger.  It seems that the curators of this collection have an eye for the depiction of the everyday, hard-working type rather than the shoot-em-up fable.

I spent some time really looking at the bronze statuary that is outside the building on this visit.  Lots of people pretty much walk past these artworks as they hurry to get inside where the “real art” is.  I think in a lot of ways, outdoors is more appropriate for the subjects in this case.  These aren’t the type of people who would have spent alot of time indoors.  Why shouldn’t we observe them in  a more natural setting?

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
135mm @ f/6.0 – 1/160 sec – ISO 200

The Cowboy, 1996 – Buck McCain
Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

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Distract or Enhance?

There are so many objects of interest at the Booth Museum and it often is the case that one object is in the background of another, especially when the art pieces are large.  I have found that shooting in a museum, as in any crowded environment, there are 3 choices in how to capture a subject – isolate, layer or include. In this case, I was actually quite inspired to find subjects that would work well with the layering technique.  That is, where you use the potentially distracting background element to enhance the subject rather than distract from it.

This is an example where I think the technique worked well.  The main subject here is the horse which is painted with images of cows.  The sculpture is full-sized and it is in a room full of other art so, there was no way to get it all in without other things included.  I could have taken a wide angle and shown the whole piece in its environment (with all the other works in the room) or found an angle to isolate some small part of the sculputre (to eliminate the background “noise”).  I decided to find a view that would use the landscape painting hanging behind the horse as part of the scene.  Overlapping the two pieces made it look as if that was an intentional combination and I think enhanced the image.

The truth is, you have this compositional issue to deal with in any photograph.  Every subject has some sort of background which can either add to or take away from the finished image.  Sometimes our natural visual filtering tends to ignore those elements.  We focus our eyes on the subject of interest and don’t notice the other things that surround it.  The camera does not do this naturally.  We have to think about it and use the camera’s settings and the way we frame the image to do this.  This was a good lesson in composition that I hadn’t planned as part of my visit.  Another side benefit!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
58mm @ f/5.0 – 1/30 sec – ISO 1250

Booth Western Art Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

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