Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
I also love this 600 block because of the busy-ness as well. Also what is so interesting is the corner building has in the remote past burned down and is now where the patio of The Back When Cafe. This one was satisfying to me because the time of day was accurately matched, and the shadows seemed to just overlap themselves!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
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This image has now become my absolute favorite, hands down. I didn't expect this one to work out at all actually, because a couple of the buildings are no longer there, and the ones that have seem to have been refaced a number of times. Also given that there wasn't much of a side street back then, and that it looks to be a sidewalk (to their standards) i really didn't think things were going to line up. That is until one day when I decided i would give it a try to try and line them up. Sure enough, it lined up better than I had expected, which was when i noticed that some of the buildings were actually the same buildings, just refinished.
This one is so interesting to me because of the people, and their characteristics. Its a great image, in that everyone seems to be posing in a thought out manner...watch how their shadows cast but don't overlap. Most everyone stood still enough to capture the image, except 2 of the people who seemed to have moved. Even the horse stood in place. This one is also really great to me because of it's age. It always seems like the older the Then image is, the more interesting. This is a blend of 1896/2012 - about 116 years in transformation!
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Back in the Early 1900's, this building was home to McDonnell High School. These days it is known as the Heyde Center for the Arts. Its a beautiful building, interior and exterior. It really has not changed much at all. The stairway was rebuilt, and the building that sits next to it seems to have changed, but thats about it.
This one to date is the most accurately rephotographed Then & Now I have in my collection. This one doesn't get as much public rave as some of the other pieces, but this type are my personal favorite. Its possible to layer the brick in such a way that it skips generations of times per brick. The windows lined up perfectly, so it was kind of fun to play with the gradient fade from gray -> blue sky reflection.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Bridge St looking South - was a difficult one to rephotograph. It seems like the wider the angle lens they used back in the early 1900's, then the more difficult it is to match the old barrel distortion. Every lens creates barrel distortion, but back in the 1920's - lens optics were different than they are now, so imitating that level of distortion with a new lens is quite a challenge. Not impossible though.
My favorite part of this image is in the Right Center - I actually successfully blended an Oldsmobile Alero with a Ford Model T. The rear wheel well seemed to match up perfectly!
Monday, August 6, 2012
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