Santa Maria, 18 May 2010


Yes, I know…photo posts have been conspicuously absent lately. Sorry about that. What can I say? I’ve been rather busy (and lazy) lately. Mostly busy, I swear. Anyways, here’s something to remedy the lack of posts.


Photo Information:

Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 (Shot at ~190mm) [1]
ISO Equivalency: 100
Color Setting: Vivid

As you can see, the subject of today’s photo is a statue of the Virgin Mary. This particular statue stands outside St. Mary of the Lake church in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Yes, that’s right…just down the street from my apartment. Actually, I hadn’t noticed this statue much before, since I’m mostly distracted by the church itself, whose design is heavily inspired by Italian Romanesque designs. According to the AIA Guide to Chicago, [2] the church proper was designed by Henry J. Schlacks, and built between 1913 and 1917; the look of this statue as well as its relative cleanliness seems to indicate that it is a later addition.

Still, it sure does look nice, don’t it?



[1]: So says the metadata attached to the photo, anyways. I have previously noted that the metadata saves the focal length setting in terms of the posted length, rather than the equivalent length for the DX-format sensor. As such, while the focal length setting was probably 190mm, the effective focal length was actually closer to 280mm – the conversion factor for 35mm lenses on a DX-format sensor is 1.5x, thus, 190mm x 1.5 = 285mm.

[2]: Quite a handy guide, especially if you’re interested in architecture and architectural history. The information contained therein isn’t the most thorough, but then, that’s not really the point of the guide. Its a quick reference, not an in-depth analysis of each and every building (which would require the page count to be at least an order of magnitude greater than the 540 pages that comprise the actual guide).


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