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Scene from Fiesta Hispana

Horse Statue at Barney Allis Plaza

This past weekend was the Fiesta Hispana at Barney Allis Plaza in downtown KCMO. Honestly I did not get any actual good photos of anything pertaining to the festival itself, although I did nab a couple of general, urban scene type of shots, this being one, and another coming tomorrow. Here we have quite a horse statue in the park across from the Marriott Hotel, with the old art-deco Municipal Auditorium behind.

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Photowalk at the Union Station Pedestrian Bridge

Back on July 24th was the Worldwide Photowalk Day – there were two in Kansas City, one in the morning and one in the evening  starting in the Crossroads area. I took this one around the beginning of the evening, looking westward with some geometries of part of the pedestrian bridge across the train tracks.

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Kauffman Center near the Ballroom

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts construction progress

Tuesday evening was a good night to get out and get some dusk pics. I had been meaning to try this angle for myself for a while after noticing some other photos taken around the south entrance to the Ballroom at the convention center. The weather was cool, with nice cloud cover for a change, and it worked out great with the light at dusk.

I used six manually bracketed camera raw files at differing exposures for HDR tone mapping, at f/16, ISO 200, 16 mm focal length, and varied shutter speeds.

-August 17, 2010

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The Monahan Brothers

I went and photographed a gathering at Mill Creek Park on the Plaza on Monday, this one concerning last January’s Supreme Court decision  Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in that, in what I imagine must have to be a pile of legalese and mumbo-jumbo, it was ruled to expand the legal definition of a corporation into something with the legal rights and status of a sovereign citizen in ways, specifically, this corporate personhood concept arose because now corporations can spend an unlimited amount of money on political campaign donations. Citizens United was a nonprofit 501(C)(4) organization that evidently didn’t do anything else besides distribute TV commercials promoting a film called Hillary: The Movie. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m told it’s not flattering. The breadcrumbs can lead to corporate interests funneling money through nonprofit groups in order to manipulate political campaigns.

Robin and Laird Monahan, brothers and Vietnam veterans are walking across the country, from San Francisco to Washington D.C concerning the Supreme Court decision, and Kansas City was one of the stops. The webpage covering their trip is at MoveToAmend.org.

Link to podcast of Tell Somebody on KKFI 90.1 with discussion of the supreme court case and corporate personhood.

1) Robin and Laird Monahan

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4) Laird Monahan

5) Something to end with.

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Kauffman Center Rising

Kauffman Center Construction - varied exposures // f/18 // 285 mm // ISO 500

The Kauffman Center’s ongoing construction as seen from about Pershing and Broadway on July 16, 2010.

In other news I’m without my wide angle lens for the time being as it somehow mysteriously acquired a zoom ring problem, and I’ve had to ship the lens to Canon. It would be nice if I hadn’t sold the old 17-40 L f/4 when I upgraded to my currently faulty 16-35 L f/2.8.

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