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Kansas City’s West Bottoms at Sunset

Photos from the edge of the Quality Hill area near the 12th Street Bridge in downtown Kansas City MO looking westward toward the West Bottoms at sunset.

Below: hint – it’s tilted so that the trains at the bottom are in a straight line.

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West Bottoms Train Crossings

Four shots from Thursday afternoon in the West Bottoms looking at train crossing implements, mainly around Hickory and Union.

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West Bottoms seen from Case Park

I’m working on a photo project for the KCMO Parks Dept which entails gathering and collecting shots of KC parks and amenities, so Saturday evening I was at Case Park in Quality Hill downtown. At the end I brought out my telephoto lens and aimed it toward the West Bottoms trying to catch that tradeoff between natural light and artificial light. These two pics obviously won’t be submitted as part of my parks project but I wanted to include them in a photoblog posting nonetheless. The narrow aperture of f/18 for both pictures causes the starburst effect from the street lights as the aperture blades inside the lens refract the light onto the sensor.

From Case Park toward the West Bottoms at a focal length of 180 mm.

At the maximum 400 mm focal length on my telephoto lens toward part of the West Bottoms.

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West Bottoms, Kansas City, March 26

Kansas City's West Bottoms

On a drive-around/walk-around photo tour yesterday with a friend we stopped in the West Bottoms. I had fun spending a couple minutes getting shots of the available geometric angles the elevated protruding part of the building here shows off.

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West Bottoms Railroad

A West Bottoms Rail Crossing

This is the kind of thing you could call street furniture. It makes a street more interesting and it serves a use, in this case keeping people from being ruined by passing trains. And it looks better than having nothing there at all. Two Sundays ago I was in the West Bottoms and took this shot prior to Saturday’s 12th St. Bridge photo. Also, One Kansas City Place and the Town Pavillion tower, KC’s two tallest, are visible in the back.

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