The busiest travel day of the year was designated National Opt Out Day at airports around the US, encouraging travelers to forego going through the full body scanning devices implemented by the TSA. The body scanning devices reveal in full detail all of one’s bodily nooks and crannies, but unfortunately the only other alternative in airports is a pat-down that many are describing as intrusive and insulting, given that it gives workers the authority to feel virtually every part of the body, genitalia included.
I went up to Kansas City International Airport earlier today to get some shots of the local opt-out advocates handing out fliers and information at one of the terminals – Wednesday, November 24, 2010.
A quick project I’m working on briefly has taken me back to the top of the city hall garage for a couple of recent sunsets. This shot of the old Power and Light Building with the H&R Block Headquarters and the Bartle Hall pylons (technically called Skystations I believe) was something additional I noticed while up there, and thought it would be fun to shoot at the end. Just for laughs I took an iPhone photo of my big camera rigged after I took this one. Because of the very high guard rails on newer garages like the city hall garage, I had to raise the tripod about a foot higher than my head and compose the shot looking up at the live view function on my camera’s LCD.
I took five exposures at one stop apart each bracketed manually for eventual HDR work on the photo to get the evened out colors and tones in the sky.
Here’s that iPhone shot –
Photo at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Two or three times I’ve ambled around trying to get one or two decent fall shots this year, finally settling on this one. As I’ve noted, I’ll be having a gallery show and sale coming up Friday, December 3rd, and my gallery dude over at The Hook in Westport said I should make a point to get a fall foliage photo to include with the other stuff on the wall – which will be an assortment of Kansas City skyline scenes, Kauffman Center progression, and Plaza Lights shots in keeping with the time of year. Basically a big replenishing my outdated stock at The Hook.
Like I noted in my Tuesday posting, come by the show if you’re looking for something to see or some shots to buy. The Hook Gallery is located in Westport near Californos and Murray’s, in the “Horseshoe” area of retail shops at 4120 Pennsylvania, KCMO (map).