From my visit to the Kauffman Center’s construction site last Friday, here are a couple external up-close shots. From this angle the Grand Lobby is the prominent feature being seen of the new building.

Facing eastward, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at f/18, 16mm, ISO 50, Shutter speeds varied.

Facing westward in the afternoon, Canon EF 15 mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens at f/18, 15mm ISO 50, Shutter speeds varied

Last Friday I had the chance again to go on-site and inside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for further construction and progress photography. For this post I’m showing the two venues in the building, the Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.

Muriel Kauffman Theatre Under Construction in January 2011.

In the instance of both photos I stood as far to the top and center of the interiors as I could and used my fisheye lens (Canon EF 15 mm f/2.8 Fisheye) with my 5D Mark II DSLR. I used HDR/Tone mapping in the computer post-processing to even out the differing levels of exposure that were inherent in both scenes.

Helzberg Hall Under Construction in January 2011.

The Kauffman Center is scheduled to open this coming September.

A large group of demonstrators came to the Nichols Fountain area on the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM to demonstrate against the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt currently being protested in various forms back in Egypt itself. I am informed many of the group were Egyptian Americans, with good attendance by many other Arab Americans in general as well. As of drafting this post I’ve also heard that Internet access is widely shut down in Egypt at present. The demonstration and protest of Mubarak was organized by the Muslim American Society of KC with support from groups such as Citizens for Justice in the Middle East.

Here are seven photos from the event on the afternoon of Saturday January 29th, 2011. Because I used three different lenses for these seven photos I’m including pertinent lens info underneath each photo, shot with my Canon 5D Mark II camera. A tip of the hat to Heycameraman on twitter for informing me this demonstration/protest was taking place, serving as reminder to check my Facebook Events listings more often.

Demonstrations for Egypt #1, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at 16 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #2, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at 16 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #3, Canon EF 100-400 L f/4.5-5.6 IS Lens at 330 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #4, Canon EF 100-400 L f/4.5-5.6 IS Lens at 285 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #5, Canon EF 16-35 L II f/2.8 Lens at 16 mm

Demonstrations for Egypt #6, Canon EF 85 mm prime lens at f/1.8

Demonstrations for Egypt #7, Canon EF 85 mm prime lens at f/1.8

The Vacated Norman School on Southwest Trafficway in Kansas City, MO

This is the old Norman School, I assume a leftover from the Kansas City Missouri School District. The building is listed by a realtor. Whenever I’m zipping between my midtown home and downtown I often notice this building to the right as you’re going north on Southwest Trafficway about midway through 39th to 31st.

Kauffman Center Construction With Snow

It’s winter and that means it’s the worst time of the year in Kansas City. Nevertheless I had to get out and take a photo of the Kauffman Center with the snow. I ended up going back to a familiar spot, at the Convention Center Ballroom sculpture area where I took this photo back in the summer. Truthfully I think the first one taken with my older camera is more interesting, but here I added snow. So, yeah.