The Frederic C. Hamilton Building

I took this picture at the Staff Preview event for the new Frederic C. Hamilton building of the Denver Art Museum. Click the link above to see the full set. It’s an amazing building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, and is his first building completed in the United States. Here, the “prow” of the building overshadows the existing Denver Art Museum “North” building, which was designed by Gio Ponti.

I was pretty happy with the results of the image above, and then I noticed it’s essentially identical to an image being used in official Museum communication. My wife, who works for the museum, said she anticipated it will be one of the commonest pictures taken of the new building. Oh well, the sky looks nice anyhow and I’m starting to be able to remember to take the lens’s distortion into account when I’m composing an image. the 18-70mm kit lens that came with my D70 shows considerable distortion at the wide end of its range, so it’s important shooting architecture or landscapes to zoom in a bit if you can help it at all.

You can click on the image to see the set from that day. I really like some of the interior architectural shots I did, although they don’t really get across a literal sense of the space as much as an emotional sense of the space. You can also see some of the galleries, including some great works in their modern and contemporary collection. Note the portrait of Lucas Samaras, which is actually a large and exquisitely made rug.


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