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Holiday Lights above 900 N. Michigan of Chicago

N20131212-DSC05569The 900 North Michigan of Chicago is multi-use building containing a seven-story atrium shopping mall, a hotel, office spaces, residences, and parking garage. It is a skyscraper by its own right ….. 66 floors and 265m high. However, the building falls short when it compares to the Hancock Tower across the street, which rises up to 100-story and 340m high. I took this night photo from the 94th floor of the Hancock Tower. The colourful holiday lights atop the 900 N. Michigan building stood out from the golden background rendered by the tungsten city lights.

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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

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Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City

Angel Orensanz Foundation

Interior space of the Angel Orensanz Foundation

 

The Gothic Revival style building is located at 172 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side of Manhattan. Built in 1849, it is the oldest surviving synagogue building in New York City. Spanish sculptor and painter Angel Orensanz purchased the property in 1986, restored it as an art gallery and performance space. The building was later designated a historic landmark by the City, and it has become known as the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts. The building’s interior resembles that of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. The venue is available for wedding receptions, parties, and special events.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in New York, New York, USA

 

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Gastown Steam Clock in Vancouver

Steam Clock of Gastown

Steam Clock of Gastown

The first steam-powered clock in the world was designed and built by Raymond Saunders in 1977. It has been restored to be fully functional and is now a major tourist attraction in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver. The clock weighs over two tons and its components cost more than $40,000.

The steam clock is always surrounded by tourists taking souvenir photos. So I had to be quick and opportunistic when capturing this HDR image using a Sony RX1 camera, with three bracket exposures.

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in British Columbia, CANADA, Vancouver

 

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Sunset at the SaddleDome of Calgary

Sunset at SaddleDome

Sunset at SaddleDome

It was a picture perfect evening when I took this photo of the SaddleDome in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) two years ago. Saddledome is the venue for sports and entertainment, and home of the Flames Hockey Club. Last week, the city suffered massive flooding due to heavy rainfall. Mandatory evacuation orders and state of emergency were issued for several Calgary communities along the Elbow River. The lowest ten rows of the Saddledome arena were completely submerged in water, as well as the player’s dressing room. It was a major disaster for Calgary and I hope the city will quickly rebound from it.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Alberta, Calgary, CANADA

 

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The Dome of Victoria State Library

Victoria State Library

Victoria State Library

Originally the Melbourne Public Library, the Swanston Street building was opened in 1856. The Domed Reading Room was constructed in the late Nineteenth Century when the Library ran out of storage space. Melbourne architects Bates, Peebles, and Smart designed the building based on the British Museum in London, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.. Construction started in 1909 and completed in 1913.

The concrete dome of the Victoria State Library spans 35 meters in height and width. The timber desks provide seating up to 320 readers; and the Library holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials. The 480 glass panes in the dome supply enough daylight to lit the room so artificial lighting is only required in the evening.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Australia, OCEANIA

 

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