Black & White Challenge – Day 5

Isadora at Isadora Art and Photography invited me to join this black & white challenge.  Thanks, Issy!

Rules are:
• Post a B & W photo for 7 days.
• 7 black and white photos of your life.
• No people.
• No explanation.
• Challenge someone new each day.

I would like to invite anyone who is interested in participating to do so. I would like to specifically invite Rupali with the understanding that there is no obligation to participate!

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Architecture)

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in one of Sally’s challenges. I’ve chosen architecture this time. I just love the look of these two buildings.  These structures are side-by-side in downtown Orlando. The tall structure is the CNL Tower I and the door shown is the entrance to the Orlando City Hall.

I worked here for a number of years. I always liked the linear aspects of this building.2014-01-27 CNL_Fotor

Right next door was the Orlando City Hall. It sits in between the two CNL Towers. I always liked the geometric patterns at the entrance. And if you look closely at the circle at the top middle, you can see the reflection of the Bohemian Hotel from across the street.
2014-01-27 City Hall_Fotor

To see more entries in this week’s challenge, visit LENS AND PENS BY SALLY

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Architecture)

The 4th Monday of the month is Challenger’s Choice at Lens and Pens by Sally.

I took this picture of Orlando City Hall a while back. I just liked the design of the door and windows. I didn’t realize until later that the reflection of the Grand Bohemian Hotel across the street showed up in the small window above the door!

Orlando City Hall

Orlando City Hall 2

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Architecture)

Lens and Pens by Sally‘s 4th Monday is a Challenger’s Choice. I chose a couple of architectural photos I took a while back while next to Church Street Station in Orlando. The tall structure is the SunTrust Building where I once worked a long time ago! Do you have a preference on angle?

Orlando-Church St Clock 2

Orlando-Church St Clock


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Architecture

From Lens and Pens by Sally we have the 4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

Ocoee, FL

The photos below were all taken facing the west side of the hospital. The next time I’m over that way and have more time, I hope to take more pictures from different sides and angles. It is, to say the least, an interesting piece of architecture.

These pictures were taken on a bright sunny day with my iPhone5. I’m hoping that one of these days iPhone or some phone company will come up with a way that you can actually see the screen in daylight and have a clue of what kind of picture your’re taking with your camera phone. Until then, it’s hit and miss on almost all my outdoor shots!

Health Central_Fotor


 In a nationwide contest Health Central Hospital was named the 7th Most Beautiful Hospital in America.



You can’t miss this building’s iconic “big red wedge” built as part of a 1993 structure that replaced the original 1952 facility. The current 440,000 square-foot, 171-bed acute care hospital and physicians’ offices include a recently updated 34-bed emergency center. HKS was the architect and interior designer.



For information on participating in this challenge and/or to view additional entries, please click HERE


Phoneography Monday: Challenger’s Choice=Architecture

This week’s Challenge, brought to my attention by Lens and Pens by Sally, is a Challenger’s Choice. Choices offered are: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel. I chose Architecture.

Orange Ave 1

Orange Ave 2

This is my first time to post to this. I had seen her blog and thought it would be something really fun and different. Since I just recently acquired an iPhone 5, I have not taken many photos with it yet. But I went back through some of the photos I had from my iPhone 3Gs and decided to try this. I used the Snapseed App to try to work it up a bit and make it more presentable. I’m new with that, too.

My photo was taken during a lunch hour from an 8th floor conference room on South Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, Florida, probably around 2008-2009. I can’t recall the holiday but, as you can see, there was a parade, which was what drew me to the conference room in the first place!

Source: City-data

Source: City-data

A little background as to why I chose to post this photo. When I first came to Orlando in 1994 and started working downtown, it was completely different. It

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

had a few “skyscrapers” but nothing like what it has become. Thumbnails are inserted to try to give a bit of reference. Orange Avenue, which is the main street (one way) through town, was more open and airy. I changed jobs in 2000 and did not have reason to return downtown again until the end of 2004. In my absence from downtown, and in my humble opinion, the City managed to completely obliterate most of the light from Orange Avenue by constructing rows of tall office buildings on both sides of the street. And major downtown construction continues.

With the “new” downtown, driving to work in the morning on Orange Avenue felt so claustrophobic to me. They had made it dark and dreary. Of course, my pictures were taken during the noon-day sun. I’m sure there are many who would definitely disagree with me about the dark and dreary and that’s okay. I did not think it was an aesthetic improvement. But, then, I’m one of those who prefers the vintage style in just about everything – including architecture! Oh, well. Such is progress, I’ve heard it said.