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The Kansas City Skyline Scene

Downtown Kansas City Skyline #1

I was asked by a local client to try and duplicate a previous photo I took last summer that at the time had more cranes in the foreground working on the Kauffman Center construction. Now there’s a demand for shots with the cranes gone, although one remains in these shots it is not very prominently seen. The first shot above is my attempt to duplicate last summer’s photo as precisely as I could figure out how. It helped having my iPhone to view the original on the screen from my own site and compare with the display on my camera as I composed this shot. I took a couple extra shots as well while the lighting was good, seen below.

Downtown Kansas City Skyline #2

Downtown Kansas City Skyline #3

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‘Get Gaddafi Gone’ Continues in Kansas City

Because the world should know by now that Muammar Gaddafi is a deranged lunatic who happens to command the forces of an entire economically valuable country (Libya and oil supply fears), Libya has its fair share of upset citizenry owing to Gaddafi’s corruption. By virtue of that, a showing Sunday afternoon of Kansas City’s Libyan American and general Arab American community on the Plaza at Mill Creek Park.

1) On a megaphone.

2) Varied Signage.

3) Part of the group of protestors.

4) Get Gaddafi Out

5) Ladies and Signs for Libya.

6) Shout.

7) Muslim Prayer at 4 PM

Photos from the first anti-Gaddafi protest two weeks ago can be seen here. One of those shots was said to have depicted the best Libya protest sign in the world, according to Buzzfeed.com.

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Sly James Advances to General Mayoral Election

Last night I attended the watch party for Sly James, one of the primary mayoral race contenders in Kansas City, Missouri. Incumbent mayor Mark Funkhouser was unseated as Sly James and Mike Burke were the top two finishers in the primary, advancing to the general election on March 22 for holding the seat of Mayor of Kansas City Missouri.

After the crowd at Californos Restaurant in Westport received word of James’ advancing to the general election, Jason Kander – Missouri 44th District House Representative introduced Sly and he took the podium.

1) Sly James' Watch Party - after advancing

2) Sly James' Watch Party - Sly with family and friends

3) Sly interviewed by Channel 41

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Protest in Kansas City Against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya

Following up on the revolution in Egypt that resulted in a couple of photoblog postings on my part covering rallies here in Kansas City (One and Two), there is now a great deal of protesting and unrest in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, enough to bring out the local Libyan community and broader Arab American community in Kansas City for a rally at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza on Saturday. I met a man on Saturday who was actually the focal point in one of my Egypt photos who I learned was imprisoned by Gaddafi for nearly twenty years. The situation in Libya is not receiving the amount of press it should due to the tight reins Gaddafi’s regime keeps on journalists and the news media in Libya.

There aren’t a lot of ways to get information in and out of the country except through Internet social networking, and Gaddafi has been busy shutting off the Internet across Libya during the protests and clashes with Libyan citizenry. And I’m told a great deal of the world remains unaware of the killings of dozens or hundreds of protesters in Libya in recent days by Gaddafi’s military forces. There were some demonstrators present at this rally here in Kansas City living in exile from Libya who cannot return and see close family while Gaddafi is in power, so it is not hard to understand why Libyans would love to see Gaddafi gone.

1) Libyan and American flags flying on the Plaza

2) Gaddafi Sux

3) Libya's Turn - Fisheye Lens photo

4) Mubarak Awaiting Gaddafi

5) Streetscape on The Plaza during the rally.

6) Black and White with the Fisheye lens.

7) Holding a child.

8) Gaddafi's Atrocities - and this list only had room to cover the early part of his career as dictator.

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Kauffman Center Exterior Up Close

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

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