Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Civil War General in Philadelphia

This is a statue of Union Civil War General George McClellan on his horse. It stands next to Philadelphia's City Hall. This statue was created in 1894 by Henry Jackson Ellicott.

I recently started taking night pictures and it's become addicting. I think I'd start a night photo meme if I didn't already have Weekend Reflections. Philadelphia is only 20 miles away so I hopped on the train and spent a few hours taking pictures earlier this evening. It's very interesting city with lots of history. I think I'll be spending a lot more time there.

36 comments:

Sunny said...

I love all the lights in the buildings and the General looks like he may gallop away at any minute.
Wonderful picture :)
☼ Sunny

Olivier said...

très belle cette statue, et j’aime l’arrière plan

Oakland Daily Photo said...

A dramatic and dignified photo.

As you go along, please share what you learn about night photography. So difficult, to say the least.

Naturedigital said...

A great photograph of the statue.
Costas

Carolyn Ford said...

City lights during the blue hour are the BEST! This is really a great shot!

Thom said...

Suchna great photo. Hmm a night photo meme. Boy I'd enjoy that and maybe learn how to take night shots :)

Thérèse said...

So interesting with the background!

Woody said...

Very nice with the sun reflecting from that window.

Cezar and Léia said...

This picture is really beautiful James, congratulations!
I love night pictures with all beautiful lights!
Léia

RuneE said...

I see that you must have used a small aperture to get that nice "star-like" effect. Very fitting!

Luis Gomez said...

Perfect! Great shot at the right time. Love James, what a beautiful image.

Malyss said...

He seems to be lost among the tall buildings, and asking to himself: "where shall I go now?"...
Beautyful picture, by lights and contrasts.

Stickup Artist said...

What a great shot and you timed it just right. This is the quintessential blend of old and new, that Philly is famous for.

kaye said...

the buildings are such a contrast to the statue of the general. Love the reflection of the setting sun. nicely done.

Jan said...

Love this photo, especially the sun reflections off the statue. (You know you can have more than one meme. Just don't go crazy and have 15!) Another idea, is to start a photo group, with limited membership, like Dot does: http://theworldinblackwhite.blogspot.com/

Elisa said...

It´s wonderful!

Joanne said...

Like it, I also like the effect of night scenes, I like all the lights and reflections:)

Marka said...

Excellent photograph! Kinda makes me want to go meander the streets with my camera.

T. Becque said...

Oooh, great photo with so many elements - lines, shapes, sunlight, light, and this old figure among modern architecture.

Ann said...

You got a good camera to take night photos? What I like is one I can take the skyline of Auckland.

Regina said...

Fantastic one!
A blessed New Year James.

Owen said...

Hey James, seems like I've seen this gentleman before, in some hikes around city hall... must be awful to be a general with no war to wage... Guess he didn't notice the no parking signs though.

ruma said...

All buildings have characteristics.
The American design is very elegant.
They in itself emits brightness.

Yes. His figure is proudhearted.
It is important almost as same as life.

Rebecca said...

Confession: I am jealous of your night photography skills. So if you don't start a meme...how about some tips and tutorials?

Love the photo - he seems so out of place!

HereBeDragons said...

Great capture.

Martha in PA said...

Great capture. I told Tara when we went to NJ for the concert the other week that I wanted to go downtown and spend an evening taking night shots. We should have a night time photo walk... I'm a little hesitant to go alone! That and if it would warm up just a bit!

Happy New Year!

Margaret Bednar said...

Historic Philadelphia was our families favorite vacation destination. Fabulous and I would love to see more of your pictures from there. This one is powerful - love the perspective!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Very striking image. Love that sunlight bouncing off the high-rise windows.

I'm a little late, but wishing you a very blessed new year!

JM said...

Outstanding! I'm in awe, James.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Grande questa statua !!!
Buona serata e buon anno 2011 :)
Myriam

teresa said...

What a great photograph! I have seen that statue and I have to say it looks better through your lens and eye. I also have a Canon T1i and just love it. Did you use a tripod for this shot? Love the starbursts.

Fabien said...

J'aime beaucoup la composition de cette photo, la discordance des temps et des plans.
Bravo

Kim, USA said...

I like night photography too. So many times I didn't expect how great it turn out. Great lovely shot on this one. Happy Friday!

Lew said...

I like this oone a lot! The time between afternoon and night basks the subject in wonderful light. And you got a reflection too!

Quilt Works said...

Thanks James for fixing my linky entry! I thought you would like it - as soon as I saw it on my monitor, I thought it was something perfect for weekend reflections.

J Bar said...

What an awesome shot.