Jul 21, 2014

The Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT in Cambridge


The other night I took my wife on a stroll around the Charles River. We parked the car on memorial Drive in Cambridge near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, crossed over the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, passed by the Esplanade and back over to Cambridge via the Longfellow Bridge. It was a blast and we are so lucky to live a stone's throw away from Boston and its beautiful sites and areas. The twilight behind the Boston skyline was already fading by the time we got back to the car but I envisioned there would be some beautiful light left if we immediately make it over to the Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT. I have always been intrigued by this funny looking, almost obscure architectural marvel with its unusual design in all colors. I wasted no time and went straight to work on my architecture photography assignment for the night. It took a few attempts and changing of locations to find a pleasing composition of the entire building. Including the sculpture Aesop’s Fables II of Mark di Suvero into the picture was an additional challenge, but a priority as I decided it would make for an interesting foreground feature with an additional splash of color. 

I captured this image at an aperture of f/8, providing an exposure time of 20 seconds at ISO200. During post processing I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final architecture Boston photography picture of The Stata or aka Building 32.

Good light and happy photo making!  


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