Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware Ohio has chosen a variety of my images to use on their web based Course Catalog.
The images below are all photographed in High Dynamic Range. As many as 12 HDR images are stitched together to make the final images.
Upon entering the Great Lakes Science Center’s TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition, you assume the identity of one of the passengers, as you’re handed your boarding pass complete with family info, reason for travel and other passenger facts. You’re then drawn into darkened rooms filled with festive music, but soon you’re surrounded by the muted sound of an underwater world.
Viewed at an angle, the casing around the ship model above produces an eerie reflection of the wall photo, of some of the 10,000 workers who spent 3 years building the Titanic, creating the illusion of spirits drifting over the ship.
Below, the Grand Staircase, with it’s bronze cherubs, is juxtaposed with floor titles from the ship’s Third Class section. Among other luxuries on board was a gymnasium featuring a Turkish bath with Moroccan tiles and Egyptian lace, while 2 shared bathtubs sufficed for the 700 passengers in steerage.
Despite warnings from other ships in the area of large ice fields, vital information never reached the ship’s bridge. At 11:38p.m. on April 14, 1912, an iceberg would become an equalizer between classes: First, Second and Third (steerage). The air temperature was 1 degree Celsius, the water temp was -1 degree. Visitors are encouraged to touch the ice display below, kept chilled to illustrate the night’s frigid conditions.
It would take over 2.5 hours for the ship to fully sink, but the orchestra played on…. The loss of the unsinkable ship would claim more than 1,500 lives. Among the more famous – Mining Magnet Benjamin Guggenheim and Industrialist John Astor IV.
Dinner menus hang on the wall – ranging from filet mignon to boiled potatoes, depending on your class. Serving dishes, unearthed from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, are encased in glass.
The wall photo below shows au gratin dishes lined up like dominos, preserved in the sea bed. The same dishes are now housed in a display case.
A lone leather boot, with EWP stamped on the heel…perhaps the manufacturer or owner’s initials. Other cases contain U.S. bank notes, coins and jewelry. Everything from the fine china to bathroom water fixtures was salvaged.
Heavy brass portals provided passengers with serene ocean views from their state rooms.
A towering wall of fire – a recreation of one of six boiler rooms that propelled the ship forward, consuming 5,900 tons of coal, as it journeyed towards a destination it would never reach.
Replicas of state rooms also appear throughout the exhibit.
Mannequin or actress dressed in period cloths?
At daybreak, on April 15, 1912, the CARPATHIA would come to the rescue of some 705+ survivors. The greatest losses were among those in steerage and among crew members.
For a journey into another realm, visit the Apollo exhibit in the new NASA Glenn Visitor Center. A look inside the actual 1973 Skylab 3 Apollo Command Module shows the austere living conditions of space travel.
Artifact from the Great Beyond – Moon Rock from Apollo 15 encased, not unlike the Titanic artifacts, to protect it from the earth’s atmosphere.
TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.
Stay for the IMAX film: Titanica: A journey below the Atlantic Ocean to the underwater resting place of the legendary Titanic explores the ruins of the great ship. CLICK HERE FOR SHOW TIMES.
For additional info about the recovery of the Titanic , visit RMS TITANIC.
Some recent visuals from Belgium, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands.
Brugge, Belgium was a major city for commerce in the Middle Ages.
From 1647-1874, the Strasbourg Cathedral was the tallest building in the world at 466 feet.
Alsace countryside in France.
After reading a Columbus Dispatch review of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, we decided to test the waters ourselves.
Located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium has repurposed this national historic landmark in a way that takes architectural juxtaposition to a new height.
Designed by New Zealand based Marinescape, hard surfaces of exposed brick walls and steel girders contrast with flowing water and the constant movement of its inhabitants. A worm’s-eye view looking up through the massive overhead smokestacks provides a reminder of the building’s original purpose – generating electricity for the city’s 19th century streetcar system.
The main attraction, a walk-through shark tank, gives visitors a unique overhead view of sharks, rays and fish as you wind your way through a curved, acrylic tunnel surrounded by 500,000 gallons of saltwater.
The aforementioned review had sighted filtration problems, which had left the shark tank water cloudy. If you’ve ever set up a home aquarium, you know the adjustments involved to get it just right. Now imagine half a million gallons of water filled with sharks.
With the problem solved, divers like the one pictured above swim among the well fed sharks, constantly cleaning the tank’s surface to ensure a clear view.
Fresh water and salt water exhibits offer visitors an underwater view and education of various ecosystems. As you enter, you’re immersed in a history lesson of the Great Lakes region, which contains nearly one-fifth of the earth’s surface freshwater.
Additional exhibits explore the watery worlds of the Amazon, the Florida Everglades and Coral Reefs. From brook trout to clownfish (Finding Nemo), the aquarium is a lure for anglers and children alike.
A Touch Tank encourages those of all ages to get an up close and personal view of stingrays, sandpaper-skinned sharks and horseshoe crabs, as employees in wet suits wade through the water displaying smaller ocean creatures on trays.
The Discovery Zone teaches the importance of protecting our environment – a part of Marinescape’s philosophy of Environmental Education through Entertainment.
Nestled in the Cleveland Flats, the aquarium could be viewed as a phoenix risen from the ashes of Cleveland’s industrial past – a positive image for the crooked river that lays to rest Cuyahoga River’s former reputation of the river that once burned.
As a Cleveland native, who’s recently returned to the north shore, I can recall past ups and downs of a city now once again undergoing major revitalization. I’m hopeful that the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, coupled with the adjacent Jacobs Pavilion, a 5,000 seat amphitheater, will help breath new life into the Flats, an area that has experienced its own ebb and flow over the years.
Please visit the Greater Cleveland Aquarium website for information on tickets, hours and school tours. The facility also houses a catering venue on the second floor, with views of the water and downtown skyline.
Written by Pamela J. Willits
Photography by Larry Hamill
Our last post on Ecuador was dated November 2010. And so the journey continues. What follows is a visual post of the colors, textures and faces found in an environment almost frozen in time.
Hummingbird frozen in air.
Market vendor – with a little technological help.
Boiled sugarcane is poured into blocks. Soluble in any liquid, it retains many of the components of raw cane juice, but in higher concentrations. Colombia holds the world record for the heaviest panela block. Created in 2009, in the city of Palmira, it weighed 1,576 lbs.
Igloos south of the equator?
A parting shot….