..a theater organ..
Theatre organs are usually identified by their distinctive horseshoe-shaped consoles, which are frequently painted white with gold trim. An original example is the 3/13 Barton from Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theatre. The organ was installed in 1927 and is currently played daily before most film screenings. There were over 7,000 such organs installed in American theatres from 1915 to 1933, but fewer than 40 original instruments remain in their original theatres. Though there are few original instruments in their original theatres, hundreds of theatre pipe organs are installed in public venues throughout the world, while hundreds more (typically rescued from defunct theaters) exist in private residences.(source)
..what you see when you’re on stage..
..view of the theatre from the balcony..
..retired trains @ the Choo Choo Hotel..
..same place as this one, i think i know where the architect got his inspiration from.. 🙂
..one of the many snaps i got of a photo tour around the alabama theatre organized by our local photo group..
The Alabama Theatre is a movie palace in Birmingham, Alabama. It was built in 1927 by Paramount’s Publix Theatre chain as its flagship theater for the southeastern region of the United States. Seating 2,500 people at the time, it was the largest in the Birmingham Theatre district. The district was once home to a myriad of large theaters that featured vaudeville, performing arts, nickelodeons, and large first-run movie palaces. The Alabama is the only district theater still operating today. Built to show silent films, the Alabama still features its original Wurlitzer theater organ. Other than the Alabama, the Lyric Theatre is the only theater still standing in the district. (source)
..happened to have the fishy during a meeting here, commenced snapping..
..same place as this one, seems like a good lunch spot for workers from around the area..
..here’s the view of the cathedral’s ceiling..
..the silent shooting mode of the 5dmkiii couldv’e been handy while shooting this quiet place, but i guess mirror slaps pale in comparison to the ripping sound of velcro of a camera bag.. 😀
The Cathedral of Saint Paul (informally known as Saint Paul’s Cathedral) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. Designed by Chicago architect Adolphus Druiding, the Victorian Gothic-style brick building was completed as a parish church in 1893. It was elevated to Cathedral status with the creation of the Diocese of Birmingham in 1969. (wiki)
..back when the marilyn monroe statue was still there, shot quickly to avoid water drops showing up on the image (it was drizzling)..
..an almost empty union station..
..union station multiplex at the bottom, 200 s. wacker at the top..
..this is how it looks like to walk inside a hot air balloon that’s being inflated..
..hung around a bit after the opening ceremonies..
*it was a bit hazy because of the fireworks that went off a few minutes ago (here’s the shot i took of it)..
..nick asked me how i shoot these.. well, i basically focus, meter, then bend backwards (i never lie down on the ground, i sometimes leave the cam on the ground) and shoot.. i usually see people looking up to see what i took a shot of and then looking at me like i’m an idiot..
When opened in 1930, the Merchandise Mart or the Merch Mart, located in the Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States, was the largest building in the world with 4,000,000 square feet (372,000 m2) of floor space. Previously owned by the Marshall Field family, the Mart centralized Chicago’s wholesale goods business by consolidating vendors and trade under a single roof. (wiki)
..i’ll always remember them as the corcob buildings..
Marina City is a mixed-use residential/commercial building complex occupying an entire city block on State Street in Chicago, Illinois. It lies on the north bank of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, directly across from the Loop district. The complex consists of two high rise corncob-shaped 65-story towers (including five-story elevator and physical plant penthouse), at 587-foot (179 m) tall. It also includes a saddle-shaped auditorium building, and a mid-rise hotel building, all contained on a raised platform adjacent to the river. Beneath the raised platform at river level is a small marina for pleasure craft, giving the structures their name.
..since i didn’t have a hazmat on hand, i’ve been working from home since yesterday, it’s not as easy as it looks.. 😀
..here’s a landmark to know roughly where this was taken..
The Michigan Avenue Bridge (officially DuSable Bridge) is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the main stem of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. The bridge was proposed in the early 20th century as part of a plan to link Chicago’s south side and north side parks with a grand boulevard. Construction of the bridge started in 1918, it opened to traffic in 1920, and decorative work was completed in 1928. The bridge provides passage for vehicles and pedestrians on two levels; it is an example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, which is also known as a “Chicago style bascule bridge”. The bridge is included in the Michiganâ€“Wacker Historic District and has been designated as a Chicago Landmark.
..this was probably the best way to view the architecture without any effort..
..let’s go on a trip along the chicago river..
..went out shooting last weekend, this is where we ended up..
For years, it has been the smallest populated town in Alabama, but the town is notable for the nearby rock arch, also named Natural Bridge, the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies, spanning over 127 ft (40 m). The arch is in Natural Bridge Park, which allows public access. (wiki)
..my plans for this weekend are as empty as this ice skating rink, hope you guys have a good weekend..
..that building at “six o’ clock” is the harold washington library.. it’s got cool, huge gargoyle sculptures on top of it..
..back to (ir)regular programming..
..even though we didn’t stay here, i was still able to roam around, explore and take photos..