Tag Archives: Hartford

Under Founders Bridge

This is a popular location with Hartford area photographers.  I have not used Color Efex Pro developing much so thought I would try it with a shot that had potential for textures and contrast.

Under Founders Bridge - Click To Enlarge
Under Founders Bridge – Click To Enlarge

Standing on the east bank of the Connecticut river you can look straight across, and under the bridge, to the Hartford side.

I resisted realigning the shot, every tool has this image straight. To my eye it looks a little off, and annoying even. But the levels and grids say no. Any thoughts?

Wandering Around The Connecticut Capital (1)

What started out as a short walk through the west facade of the Connecticut Capital building turned into an adventure within all the main chambers of the state government.

Inside Connecticut Capital Dome
Inside Connecticut Capital Dome
Bronze Genius Of Connecticut Under Capital Dome
Bronze Genius Of Connecticut Under Capital Dome

At first it was an empty Sunday morning in the capital.

Getting to photograph a large open and complex building with hardly no people around is amazing.

Connecticut Capital Stained Glass Door Arch
Connecticut Capital Stained Glass Door Arch
Connecticut Capital State Representatives Entrance
Connecticut Capital State Representatives Entrance

The last image above is from one of the doors around the State Representative chambers. I was literally shooting stained glass through stained glass.

Finally a woman who worked there appeared from a side office and asked if I would like to go into the various chambers.

From there we were allowed entry to photograph the State House and Senate. We did bump into a tour afterwards, but our photo shot was pretty much on our own.

Part 2 of this article will include the various chambers and offices.

 

Samuel Colt – Stained Glass

Church Of The Good Shepherd Hartford CT
Church Of The Good Shepherd Hartford CT

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These stained glass windows are in the Church Of The Good Shepherd in Hartford CT.

Built by the Colt family 1867 in memory of Samuel Colt and his three departed children by his wife Elizabeth.

We had the honor of private shoot time in the darkened church allowing full sun to shine through the many windows.

These are a sample of the incredible beauty of this church. Additional pages will be added in the future.

 

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hartford Connecticut

The Soldiers and Sailors memorial was the first large memorial arch in America. It was dedicated in 1886 to the Hartford citizens who fought and died in the Civil war.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT – Click To Enlarge

The arch leads into Hartford’s Bushnell park, however the entrance was quite different when first built. The Park river ran through the center of Hartford and a beautiful brownstone bridge lead up to the arch. The bridge was in the same design as the memorial.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT – Click To Enlarge

The Park river was buried in 1940 to help with the spring floods and now runs through a large conduit ending in the Connecticut river.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT – Click To Enlarge

The memorial, and the old bridge,  were built using brownstone brought up the Connecticut river from the quarries just down river in the town of Portland.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hartford CT – Click To Enlarge

A side note, the ashes of the designer George Keller and his wife are in one of the towers.