Milwaukee Art Museum – Part 2

Some exterior photos from my visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum to check out the Quadracci Pavilion, an architectural structure built in 2001 and designed by Santiago Calatrava.  Highlights of the building are the magnificent cathedral-like space of Windhover Hall, with a vaulted a 90-foot-high glass ceiling; the Burke Brise Soleil, a moveable sunscreen with a 217-foot wingspan that unfolds and folds twice daily; and the Reiman Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge that connects the Museum to the city.

Milwaukee Art Museum's Burke Brise Soleil

I think the HDR might be a little over the top when it comes to the sky, but what can I say — I’m a sucker for puffy clouds against a popping blue sky.  🙂

Milwaukee Art Museum's Quadracci Pavilion

Next to the Milwaukee Art Museum they’ve integrated the existing Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.  This architectural achievement of renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen stands as a fitting memorial to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Services.  Saarinen’s unique design, a floating cruciform with cantilevered portions, is now considered a classic in the development of modern architecture.  The War Memorial Center was dedicated on Veterans Day 1957.

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center

Of course, I couldn’t resist turning my camera around to get a shot of “The Calling”, a sculpture that represents the sunrise, and kicks off the start of Wisconsin Avenue.  It was a bit challenging, as the sun was still a bit high in the sky, but I stood so the sun was behind the US Bank building, and just embraced the light.

Wisconsin Avenue and "The Calling"

Please check out my Milwaukee Art Museum set on Flickr for more photos.



9 thoughts on “Milwaukee Art Museum – Part 2

    • Thank you, Tassem! What a nice thing to say! I’ll tell you that HDR is a slippery slope. Everything I shoot, I shoot with HDR in mind, which means I end up with a minimum of 3 exposures, and sometimes as many as 9! It eats up a lot of hard drive space and adds quite a bit of time to post processing. But I love the end result, so I keep doing it. 🙂

      The key is good HDR processing software, and learning to use the software in moderation. In my opinion, many people go overboard and make HDR photos look too surreal. I use it mostly to give the photo a punch and depth that one shot likely wouldn’t provide. As far as software, many people use Photomatix, but I use HDR Efex Pro by Nik Software. I’m a huge fan of all of Nik’s software. They make it very easy to do good work. 🙂 Their software plugs into Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture. I’m using Lightroom for 95% of my post processing work.

      Also, if you’re really interested in HDR, you might want to check out the free tutorial on Trey Ratcliff’s web site, He’s pretty much the king of HDR. It should give you all of the basics you’d need. The rest, I think, is all just experimentation and finding what suits you.

      Thanks again for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed the photos!

      • Hey thanks for that! I’ll download the plugins and also take a look at the tutorial. I know one thing for sure. You need a lot of patience to get it this perfect. I have a super wide (Tokina 11-16mm) heading my way. Planning to get my hands dirty with HDR once I get it!

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