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This is a shot of Nickels Arcade located near the campus of The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The shot was taken in mid afternoon so the ceiling would be illuminated. I think an early evening shot might be better since the lights would be on.


This is a handheld HDR comprised of 3 exposures. I set the autobracketing feature of my E-500 to take exposures 1 EV apart. I then processed the images using Photomatix and a little Photoshop to do some minor curves and sharpening work. Overall I like it, although I think the image has too much noise. I think there is also a bit of lens distortion, some of which I corrected, but some distortion remains.


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The Art Fair crowd uses Nickel's Arcade as a cut through from Maynard Street to State.


Nickels Arcade

State Street Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, Michigan


from Shu-Hung Liu at

street photography

In Ann Arbor's S. University area we have this delightful, old pedestrian mall. A lady takes a photo of her friend.


A one-way traffic pattern, northbound on the block of State Street between William and Liberty (in evidence here) was instituted in 1956, and continued in force until August 22, 2003.


A credit line appears on the back of the card: "Photo by Mary Gunn."

First day of my 365 project


Downtown Ann Arbor

Click on "All Sizes" to view the larger version -- but even that one is not wholly satisfactory. This was sent a few years ago, by a member of the 1955 graduating class of Ann Arbor High School, to classmates, as part of an invitation to their 50th anniversary reunion. The original photo appears to have been in rough shape, with several creases visible in this scan. Alas, the quality of the scan is not ideal, either. Would anyone out there like to contribute a better copy of this photo (or any photo related to the State Street area) to be posted here?

Not that the rest of the trip wasn't great, but this place was so unique it was worth the drive just to see it. Arcades are not something you see often in Michigan.

Definitely best viewed in its largest size. Click the magnifying glass.


This is a view of Nickels Arcade that I've been wanting to get for a while, and the light was especially perfect on this night.

An enlargeable, zoomable version of this photo may be found at the Ann Arbor District Library's "Making of Ann Arbor" website: Street;rgn1=ic_all;op2=And;rgn2=ic_all;op3=And;rgn3=ic_all;op4=And;rgn4=ic_all;xc=1;g=moaaic;c=moaa;c=moaahbic;c=moaapcic;back=back1195513231;chaperone=S-MOAA-X-BL003527 BL003527;evl=full-image;chaperone=S-MOAA-X-BL003527 BL003527;quality=1;view=entry;subview=detail;cc=moaa;entryid=x-bl003527;viewid=BL003527;start=1;resnum=11

I feel this arcade design is like a pre-WWII enclosed mall. The glass roof provides protect from Michigan's nasty weather and also light to make the place energy efficient. Best of all it is in the center of a commercial block with no seperate parking lot built for this place. It runs the entire length between State Street & Maynard Street so it is not only a shopping area but a short cut for pedestrians.

In 1937, the building on the North U corner at right will be demolished and replaced by a modern Kresge's 5 and 10 cent store. An elm tree that formerly stood in front, visible in several old postcard views, has already vanished. In 1940, the 1860 brick Methodist Church in the distance on the Washington Street corner, its south wall threatened with collapse, will be demolished and replaced by the stone building that now sits farther back on that lot. And in 1942 the State Theatre will be erected, its gargantuan deco marquee destined to dominate the streetscape forevermore:


I have posted a photo of the inside of the Duderstadt Center of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Today's photo shows its outside at twilight. I stood in freezing cold weather for an hour to catch this shot. I hope you will like it.


薄暮下的Duderstadt Center,位於美國安娜堡的密西根大學北校區。


from Shu-Hung Liu at

It's Saturday morning on a football game day in Ann Arbor. The arcade isn't getting a lot of attention from the folks heading south to the stadium.

Yet Another Nickels Arcade Photo

Taken with Konica Hexar AF, expired Reala 100 film.

The Detroit Publishing Company (originally the Detroit Photographic Company), for whom this photo was made, was a mammoth purveyor of souvenir photographs and picture postcards of American cities, monuments and scenery. .

So clearly, art is not my strong subject. I'm a science and math girl. But I'm bored, waiting for kids to come home, it's raining outside, and NPR is depressing me over home loan bailouts. So this is what you get. :) bummer for you!! But I've alwayslike this picture- it was just too much distraction with the cops and lady, who were too much in focus..... I kinda like it this way. makes me feel like they're walking into something bright. I don't know- maybe it looks like a selective color gone bad .... :) ah well; it entertained me for a half hour :)

Always a great photo spot

Nickels Arcade in the morning with the sun shining in through the arch and skylight.


Week #24 of 52.5 of 2010, Theme: Black & White.


Wavelet sharpening applied in Gimp.

She's a super talented author/illustrator/fontmaker.

In Nickels Arcade. Expired Fuji Reala, Nikon FM2N.


A sunset shot through the arcade.

The parking meters were brand new, but one sees no traffic lights! This is a reproduction of a color slide that sold in an eBay auction in March, 2008. The photographer is unknown.

This postcard photo was made several years after 1956, the year in which a one-way (northbound) traffic pattern was imposed on State Street between William and Liberty -- a pattern that continued in force until August 22, 2003. Slater's Bookstore, where football star Tom Harmon had worked as a U-M student, was still located in the Nickels Building. Signs for Follett's bookstore (part of a chain) and Wahr's bookstore are visible in the distance. Kresge's dime store was on the right, on the North U corner. (Kresge's also had a Main Street store, as did George Wahr.)

I want to look this up in the old newspaper files, to see what was said about it at the time. Evidently a Depression-era "modernization" craze blitzed Ann Arbor, bringing wholesale changes to the architecture in this block. The new wave may have been inspired by the Nickels Arcade, which in the 20 years since its initial construction had come to dominate the scene. Directly north of the Arcade, the oldest building on the block lost its ornamental window caps, and single-pane windows replaced the old sash. The cornice probably had been sacrificed earlier. South of the Arcade, twin bays were removed from the second story facade of the 1886 Nickels Building, and we see scaffolding for that project still in place. At either side of the old building, smaller infill structures have been given matching brick facades.

In the Window of Arcadian Antiques

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