Friday, August 1, 2008

CDPB Monthly Theme Day: Metal


Um, what's big and steel and St. Louis all over? Why, the world's greatest monumental sculpture and my Thursday obsession, of course. Add a short meditation on metallurgy and, ladies and gentlemen, meine damen und herren, mesdames et messieurs, we have Metal Theme Day.

WHAT'S ON FOR THE WEEKEND: Kansas City tonight and way out onto the Kansas prairie on Saturday for my wife's family's annual get together. Really nice people and beautiful area - I love to shoot it. The forecast for the party on Sunday is blazing skies, wilting corn stalks and 102 F. / 39 C.
TOMORROW: Beats me. Might be something from tonight in Kansas City. Might be something from the archives.


183 varieties of metallic oxides are slowly decomposing on City Daily Photo Blogs today. Have a look.
Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, Aliso Viejo (CA), USA by Rodney, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by freefalling, Arradon, France by Alice, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Baruch, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Birmingham (AL), USA by VJ, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Brantford (ON), Canada by Nancy, Bucharest, Romania by Malpraxis, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by agrajag, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Ram N, Chesapeake (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Cincinnati, USA by Erik Laursen, City of the Blue Mountains, Australia by Richard, Corsicana (TX), USA by Lake Lady, East Gwillimbury, Canada by Your EG Tour Guide, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Edmonton (AL), Canada by , Evry, France by Olivier, Folkestone, UK by Piskie, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Gabriola, Canada by Snapper, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hampton (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Hanoi, Vietnam by Jérôme, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jerusalem, Israel by Esther, Kansas City (MO), USA by Cate B, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Lakewood (OH), USA by 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17 comments:

Tammy said...

another very cool shot!

Jilly said...

Well, you got it in one! The perfect photo for today's theme. And what a great photo too. Th patina, the light, that touch of sky we see, and of course the words. Super.

Virginia said...

Great shot. I knew you wouldn't let us down. Today's theme had you written all over it! I know you are a happy man. You got to do the Arch two days in a row! I doesn't get any better than that does it.
(PS and I got to stay in my prissy French box so I'm happy as a clam too.)

Kate said...

You are a creative man! The photo is unique and very appropriate for the day!

D.C. Confidential said...

Excellent photo!

Happy Theme Day!

Janet

Knoxville Girl said...

Very creative. And informative too.
Here is a quote for you:
"Steel loses much of its value when it loses its temper." - Anon.
Have a good trip.

Jen, aka ChinaMom2005 said...

Knew this month was made for you! Great shot!

Olivier said...

bel angle pour cette photo et pour le thème du mois.

good angle to this picture and the theme of the month.

USelaine said...

Nice! All the information with none of the typing - you can't beat it.

slim said...

Perfect . . . and I really like Knoxville Girl's quote.

babooshka said...

I was not aware of the arch before stoppping my your blog previously, now I am fascinated by it. A perfect choice. It's good to see St Louis has such a thriving art scene too.

Strangetastes said...

My thanks for all your kind comments. Here's how this was done. The text is the first two paragraphs of the article on stainless steel in the English version of Wikipedia. I wanted to learn to use the Vanishing Point feature in Photoshop. I cut and pasted the text into new PS files with a blank background. Using Vanishing Point, you can create new planes on your original image (the Arch, here) with perspective set in any way you want. I created two planes to fit two of the Arch's steel plates and dragged the text in. It was automatically reshaped to fit the planes I made and, bingo, the text was in perspective, looking like it was painted on the monument itself. Photoshop can get way more complex but this is about as far as I can take it.

Rafa said...

very nice photo

haven't realized that it was an educative monument :)

Sally said...

That is way further than I would even be able to contemplate. You're aclever bunny!
Sydney Daily Photo

Ming the Merciless said...

For some reason, I always thought the arch was made of marble. Didn't realize it was stainless steel.

After thinking about it, of course it's not marble. Marble will not be able to support that kind of weight. Duh!

jill said...

I love this photo with the blue and goldish reflections. And adding the text -- well you fooled me!

Jackie said...

That arch is amazing - no matter how many pictures you take, all are fabulous and no two are the same. Stunning.