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Keep Door Open


Keep Door Open

The sun also shines on the forgotten. I surreptitiously shot some abandoned structures in an urban lot a couple miles south of downtown Omaha when I was home over the holidays. I first thought this site was part of an old Army Quartermaster Depot Historic District, but I now think it’s just an old Utility District site a few blocks south. In any event, it’s a cluster of very interesting old buildings that looked great in the late afternoon December sun.

The bleak, snowless, winter terrain added to the desolate feel, but stark beauty, of this old place. I felt this mood was best matched by monochrome sepia processing for a look reminiscent of the bygone era when these structures were likely first built.  A couple shots, however, cried out for color:

And here’s a B&W shot of the sidewalk adjacent to the site. The neon sign attached to the building at the vanishing point is Piccolo’s, a very old school (“since 1933”) Italian steakhouse.

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S 16 Spearmint

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I headed out to the Bob Kerry footbridge over the Missouri River to capture fireworks exploding over Omaha’s skyline during the New Year’s Eve 7PM family firework extravaganza downtown.

Despite being worried that very high wind gusts could set the stage for the next how to loose $2000 in 20 seconds video, I was attempting to stabilize my tripod as securely as possible when the rain started, then picked up along with the wind to drive me, soaking, off the bridge.

So I shot these from inside the car in the Gallup parking lot, with the camera hand held on the dashboard. No city skyline backdrop or river reflections. No chance for 2-4 second exposures, extended light trails or multiple explosion captures. But these turned out better than I expected under the circumstances.