Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Week 7: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

An eye sore to some, magnificent to others. This is Boston's City Hall, about a block away from where I work. It's not always that pretty to look at, but if you find the right angles it can be pretty eye catching.

Canon 17-40mm f/4 @40mm on the 30D
1/100sec exposure at f/7.1, ISO 640

It's rumored that when the design was first unveiled someone said, "What the hell is that?" while others gasped. It's the product of a trio of Columbia University professors: Gerhard Kallmann, Noel McKinnell, and Edward Knowles.

Columbia, as almost everyone knows, is a university in New York City which begs the question - was this a legit design, or was it the product of the longstanding Yankees/Red Sox rivalry?