In the basement of the terminal

Trains and HDR are a match made in heaven.  That's all I have to say about that.  I shot this one after wandering into a "no tourist zone" at Union Station in Kansas City.  There was a gate to keep people out, but it was ajar.  That's sort of like an invitation to enter, isn't it?

The diner in Union Station

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Photo of the day: The diner in Union Station - Kansas City

I was walking around in Union Station, in downtown Kansas City, and came upon this little diner which appeared to be somewhat abandoned.  It wasn’t in bad shape, but as you can see the seats were displaced and the rest of the place was in a bit of disarray.  It wasn’t a total mess by any stretch, just seemed a little off I guess.  Fortunately, the floors were shiny!  I am not sure if it is currently used, or maybe at the time they were doing some construction, but either way I spent a few minutes and got some pics while I was there.  I loved the floor, and the old photos on the wall show Union Station back when in its glory days.  If you scroll down on the right side of my blog here, you will see a category listing for Kansas City, and if you click thru to that you can see several shots of the wonderful architecture that I captured while I was there in this historic train station.  Thanks for stopping by!

Blue hour at the Liberty Memorial

When I was in Kansas City on business, I had a free evening and so I camped out atop the Liberty Memorial and waited for sunset.  The Liberty Memorial is a memorial to the fallen soliders of World War I and it is a beautiful structure - well, more like a group of structures.  It sits high atop a hill, giving you a commanding view of downtown KC.  If you look at my Kansas City shots, all the shots with the wide view of downtown were taken from up here.  If you make it to KC, definitely stop by this spot.  In this shot, I turned slightly away from downtown (which is out of frame to the right) and followed the setting sun as it departed.  The skies were soft and the light was just right.  It was a peaceful evening and I was surprised that I was the only photographer there.  But hey, I wasn't complaining!

Culture clash

I found this on the back side of Union Station, in Kansas City.  It was an interesting mix of things, with the modern architecture on the left, the classical architecture on the right, and the prehistoric right in the middle. I find it interesting when there is a modern addition to a classical structure.  Not sure who decided these types would work together, but they do for me.

After hours in Union Station

Another shot of the wonderful and awesome interior of Union Station in Kansas City.  I wandered around (inside and out) for a few hours, snapping this and that and generally just enjoying the heck out of it!  In this shot, I focused on that large clock which I just loved.  KC did a wonderful job restoring this fine structure to its original glory.  It was almost like being back in time - except of course for those Sprint signs.  Thanks for stopping by!

Clouds over Union Station

When I was in Kansas City, I shot like crazy all around and inside their Union Station, which you see here.  It is a fabulous building and just reaffirms my interest in architecture.  It's so wonderfully refreshing when you go somewhere, find an old building, and see it lovingly restored to its (mostly) original grandeur.  I think that may be why I like The Ferry Building in San Francisco so much, too.  For this shot I went with a tight crop of Union Station with a bit of the skyline in the background.  It was obviously afternoon, which isn't exactly ideal for HDR, but what the heck right?

Hop on the bokeh train

Just a little bokeh fun for a Monday morning!  I shot this at Union Station in Kansas City.  In this case I was just experimenting with bokeh and having fun.  Hope your week is off to a great start!

KC bokeh

I almost called this "KC and the bokeh balls" but it sounded way too corny, and brought back distant memories of bad 70's songs and bellbottoms.  This is the Kansas City skyline, taken from my hotel room at night.  I enjoy these pure bokeh or pure blur shots and really like all the twinkly little bokeh light balls floating all around.  Just a fun shot!

Early morning in Kansas City

This shot was taken from my room in Kansas City, early in the morning.  When I awoke, it was blue hour so I immediately stepped out on my balcony and set up for some shots.  It is amazing how quickly the light and color can change - just 5 minutes before this shot it was full-on in blue hour.  As you can see very plainly, it quickly turned somewhat gray.  This was sort of a tightly focused shot on just a portion of the KC skyline.  I like how the lights are casting a red hue on the streets.  Next time I am there, I hope to get some free time to explore a little more of the city.  In this shot I see several buildings and structures that I would like to explore a little closer.  It’s really fun to me to walk around in a new city, because you never know what you might find.  I enjoy architectural shots anyways, so a bunch of buildings - old and new - are great fun for me!   Plus I think I see some candidates for some urban decay shots - add in a little HDR and I’ll be fired up!

The fountain at Union Station

Kansas City has a wonderfully restored train station, known as Union Station, and the fountain out front is equally impressive.  It was created by the H&R Block Foundation as a gift to the city, which is actually known as “The City of Fountains”.  As you can tell, it was later in the evening when I was there and I was happy to find it still operating.  The nice part about being somewhere late is that you don’t have a lot of folks in the shots.  I had spent the earlier part of the evening at the WWI Memorial atop a hill that faces Union Station, taking all sorts of shots, many of which included this fountain, though from a pretty good distance.  The route back to my hotel went past this, and I figured why not grab a few close-ups?