Kauffman Center’s One Year To Go Celebration

Sunday evening the Kauffman Center held its One Year To Go concert event with singer Chaka Khan at the Power and Light District. The Kauffman Center was nice enough to allow me media access for some shots, as they used a couple images last night that I’ve taken of the new building under construction – one for the electronic vertical panels at the back, and another to make two 18 feet high banners depicting the skeletal pieces of the building’s south side.

1) Two shots of mine as stage props for the show

2) Retired Kansas City Royals player George Brett speaking prior to the start of the show

3) Chaka Khan Performs

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2010 American Royal Parade

I went out Saturday morning to get some shots of the American Royal Parade. These are from Grand Avenue between Crown Center and Truman Road.

1) At Truman Road looking south down Grand

2) One of the marching bands.

3) Ollie Gates and crew.

I especially liked the Gates Barbecue showing – the truck behind this car here was playing one of Tech N9ne’s new songs from the Gates Mixed Plate album.

4) Caballeros

5) John Deere tractors going up Grand Avenue

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Baltimore Ave. Sunday morning

Next to my parked car early Sunday morning downtown

Something else from Sunday morning. Here I was kneeling next to my car on Baltimore in downtown KCMO, which spooked one of the City Center Square building’s security guards initially – crouching alongside a parked car in the very early morning.

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Foggy Fisheye Fun with Bus Blur

Bus movement and motion with my fisheye lens on a foggy Sunday morning, September 19, 2010.

To the nearby hotel valets and office building security guards I know I was evincing the appearance of a crazy person lying on the ground behind a tripod on the street corner at 7:30 am Sunday morning. Sometimes we’re not always in control of our fate. Anyway, I used my fisheye lens here and took several long-exposure shots of buses going past, and then a bit of layer masking primarily during part of the fancy computerin’ processes, and there ya go…

I’ve thought for a long time Baltimore Ave. downtown is a good looking street. That and its high frequency of bus thru traffic lends well to… photos of Baltimore Ave. with buses going all over.

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Foggy Kansas City Sunday Morning


Foggy sunrise in Kansas City, looking toward the highway loop.

Something from Sunday morning in downtown Kansas City. Naturally I couldn’t sleep so I went out for sunrise photos, intending for a yet a couple more Kauffman Center shots but finding so much fog that it was totally obscured from the Summit Street vantage point I had driven to. So, I had to make due and think of something, and did a bit of fog/moving traffic/long exposure stuff. This shot is altered quite a bit from the original raw file I’m including below. I took the original, tilted some, cropped to a 16×9 aspect ratio, and then commenced some touching up. Original file below –

What the original raw looked like.

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