“Milwaukee Art Museum - Fluorescent Mystery Sculpture” • Comments (1) • Sunday June 19th, 2005

CameraKonica Minolta 7d
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter / Aperture1/[400..13]s / f/8
ISO/ Special Processing100 / 7 Combined Exposures

Last weekend I attended a wedding—a lavish, fun, entertaining wedding that makes you dread ever to have to even consider conducting one of those affairs yourself— at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I had been taking pictures all weekend of the various wedding proceedings (pictures on that later!) and this shot was from the wedding reception that was held at the Milwaukee Art Museum, to which I had never been before.

I figured that since it was getting late and receptions tend to be romantic darkly lit affairs I had better bring my table-top miniature tripod. I got no further than five steps out of the elevator when I spotted this sculpture. I put the tripod on the floor and took a series of pictures bracketed around the in-camera center-weighted meter but I wasn't happy with any of them: either the highlights were blown or the background was too dark. There was just too much exposure latitude to cover. Then it dawned on me, "hey, why not try out mixing multiple exposures?"

So, that's what I did. This is seven exposures from -3 EV to +3 EV. I wasn't quite happy with the first mix I put together so I also (tediously) created a mask for the lights, reduced saturation in spots and brought up the background. I hope you find the result interesting.

Just about the only thing that I am not pleased with is that I did not record the name of this piece of art! I've searched extensively on the web and on the MAM collection page but to no avail. So, here's the deal: if any of you should find the name of this piece of art before I do I'll send you a signed 8x10 in print of it.