Previously posted in color on the blog, this black and white version I posted to flickr yesterday has gotten thousands of views. The building is interesting, but the scooter with rider is what made the shot for me. Funny, because the rider apologized for being in my way. He was set to move, but I told him I preferred to have him in the shot. People on the street often think they're in my way, when the opposite is almost always the case.
I may make a selective color version of this image, as well. Scooter and rider in color with the rest in black and white. That was my first thought, but I don't do much selective color. It feels a little too gimmicky, even though I like the effect in some instances. Perhaps I should just go with my preferences.
My other preference at the time I shot this would have been for the scooter rider to be further from the house, so that he would occupy more of the shot, while the house would remain similarly situated within the frame. I could have moved closer to the rider, but then I wouldn't have been happy with the framing of the house. This is where my 10mm lens (shoots much wider) would have solved the problem, but I didn't have it with me. I could have moved considerably closer to the rider without changing the frame around the house.
Did you want to know all this? Probably not. I'm just thinking publicly.
Saturday evening, Reunion weekend, outside Northwestern's Ryan Field where Northwestern fell to the Cornhuskers.
The stadium usually makes worst in the nation lists for college stadiums, which I don't consider a bad thing. I suppose it comes down to what you think is important for a university. Besides, the school has a hefty endowment and isn't reliant on football for support.
That isn't to say I never attend or watch games, but I admit that I'm a fair-weather friend of the team, at best. I didn't watch any games this year until Northwestern had picked off Penn State and then Wisconsin. After subsequent defeats in games against Minnesota and Nebraska, I'd say I'm done for now.
A home designed by John S. Van Bergen sits in a parking lot while awaiting relocation. Early in his career, Van Bergen worked for Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright's influence is obvious in this example of his work.
The Knights of Malta is a lay Catholic religious order recognized by some nations as kind of, sort of, a sovereign state. Some nations appoint ambassadors to the order and the order appoints its diplomats. It has no real territory, but it has observer status at the UN, issues license plates, stamps, and mints coins and issues international passports. Three passports, to be exact.
The order provides services similar to the work of the Red Cross.
As for the role of the patron, Wikipedia explains that "the patron, who is always a cardinal, has the task of promoting the spiritual interests of the Order and its members, and its relations with the Holy See."