Steel Volcano

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Steel Volcano ready for eruption? Not exactly... This is the Museum of Glass located on the Tacoma, Washington waterfront that houses many fine works from the world renowned glass master, Dale Chihuly. The exterior of the museum has an interesting profile; a steel cone that rises at an angle 90 feet in the sky, offsetting the buildings horizontal thrusts. The structure overlooks the waterfront and Puget Sound. Ironically, you can also see a real volcano in Mt. Rainier just off in the distance. In this studio, or hot shop, visitors to the Museum of Glass can watch the glass artists at work performing glass blowing demonstrations. There are areas to walk around the studio, as well as 130 seats to relax and watch the process for a while. Next to the museum is the Bridge of Glass that links connects to the University of Washington Tacoma. The museum was designed by Arthur Erickson and opened in 2002.

On this particular day, it was blistering cold outside, 30 degress Fahrenheit with steady 20 mile per hour winds chilling you to the bone. Needless to say, very few souls were brave enough to venture out this day which left me with some nice people free shots. I literally ran around the structure (to stay warm) while taking a look at all the angles, ultimately deciding on this shot as it really captured the pronounced angle of the cone. I was also treated to some very nice clouds in the backround that really enhanced the scene. I chose to shoot this right before sunset so I could get the most light on the structure along with some cool reflections. What's so wonderful about this place is that depending on where the light is and sky color/cloud combination, the structure changes color based on what is reflecting on it. This photo is comprised of 9 different bracketed exposures, all taken from a tripod, in order to bring out the full range of color and light in the scene.

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  1. trooperslucky7 53 months ago | reply

    What a fabulous image. There is so much color. Your HDR work is stunning as usual. Thanks for braving the cold to get this. There was some beautiful sky that week of frigid temps.

  2. PamINSeattle 53 months ago | reply

    Welcome back! This is a fantastic image, I've been to this museum a few times and NEVER envisioned it like this! Stunning work here!

  3. FarhadFarhad .(Farhad Jahanbani) 53 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous Blue reflection s on glass ... Such a lovely HDR work ~
    Amazing ~

  4. Lady_Don :: ELITES:: 53 months ago | reply

    Wicked cool! What an architecture and awesome HDR!!

  5. Sareni 53 months ago | reply

    Great HDR!

  6. VOCALIZE_silence 52 months ago | reply

    i am just wondering how yuu get your sky so blue in your hdr pictures. mine always end up gray. a tip would be appreciated. thank you and amazing work your quiet the photographer. you definatly have the eye needed to have an edge over your competition

  7. Kay Gaensler 52 months ago | reply

    Great shot! I like the composition with the sunset.

  8. David M Hogan 52 months ago | reply

    I love that thing, great shot!

  9. Charles Clark 52 months ago | reply

    I remember watching this place being built, wondering what the heck??? Thats an awesome photo..

  10. [Kantor] 51 months ago | reply

    I like the colors and the result you get here. Congratulations

  11. SgtSpartacus 51 months ago | reply

    Love the compo, great hdr work!

  12. Photocritic.org 43 months ago | reply

    Fantastic capture!

    Loving your portfolio in general, too, actually. So much, in fact, that, I have featured you in my 100 awesome Flickr streams article over on my Photocritic blog.

    Keep up the great work, and looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!

    ~ Haje

  13. Adriana(: 42 months ago | reply

    Gosh Museum of Glass its so amazing i miss living in Tacoma(:

  14. coalphotography 40 months ago | reply

    What a stunning photograph, was just looking at random through Flickr and I came across this. Stunning! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Visions2011 39 months ago | reply

    é só photoshop

  16. m_patta 33 months ago | reply

    great shot!

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