Friday, November 4, 2011

Hartford Public Library


The Hartford Public Library has quiet reading rooms on both sides of the main floor.  The walls are covered by huge photo-murals of Hartford scenes, similar to pictures shown here in the last 16 months.

Johnny didn't mind being included in the photo.  I put the camera on the glass-topped table, aimed, focused, and pushed the shutter button.  Pow!  The review shot exploded with reflected color.

I went to the opposite reading room and tried again, this time with a businessman and frolicking carousel horses.  Not half bad.

If you like photographs with reflections, click here to see Weekend Reflections, James' weekly website.

44 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Perfect inspiration. Fantastic results. Kind of surreal, don't you think?

Karl said...

Fantastic reflections, Jack!

brattcat said...

these are marvelous, jack!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Jack. This is the best photo I've seen this week! Breathtaking!

Malyss said...

Both great! But I prefer the first one, Johnny seems to be sitting in the green alley, and the picture is hard to understand at first sight, therefore most interesting!have a nice week-end, dear Jack!

Rachel said...

These are absolutely wonderful! And the contrast between the frolicking carousel horses and the staid businessman is a fun bonus. Well, his part of the background IS office buildings so he isn't placed too far out of his realm.

joo said...

It's a great place this library! I wish we had something like this here!
I love your photos - great reflections!
Have a nice weekend:)

Luis Gomez said...

Excellent Jack! Great reflections.

Sharon said...

Wow, Jack these are two really great shots. I love how the people look like they were superimposed into the photo.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It took me a second to realize that the top photo was a table top reflection shot.

With such a large expanse of glass tables, I hope they use a "green" glass cleaner for the cleaning crews each evening.

youth_in_asia said...

These came out wonderfully. The reflections are perfect (I love the first one, it looks almost like a reflection in a river).

Sylvia K said...

These are fantastic, Jack!! Terrific reflections and so colorful! I love them!! Hope you have a great weekend and that things are getting better in Connecticut -- weather wise!

Sylvia

SRQ said...

Wonderful reflections! (I'd probably be too distracted by the wall-size photos to read there, though.)

James said...

I love these photos! The top one is one of my all-time Weekend Reflections favorites. I figure there's been almost 10,000 reflections linked so that's saying a lot. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant idea Jack, excellent reflections.

Gine said...

Excellent ! Je préfère aussi la première !

Kay said...

Stunning shots! What an interesting library, too.

EG Wow said...

These are great, Jack!

Regina K said...

Not half bad you say, I say spectacular.

RedPat said...

Fantastic - especially the first one!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

the thumbnail had me really intrigued - I am still intrigued! beautiful library you have.

raf said...

Marvelous, Jack!

Céline said...

Great pictures. +1 for the first one!

Cezar and Léia said...

These images are kind of mind-bending... :)
Great captures!
Interesting that the library chose to have such murals, they're quite original. And they must make locals feel at home with the images of their own city.
Thanks for sharing.
God bless you!
Cezar

Halcyon said...

Fabulous reflections! Very creative.

sheila lynch said...

gorgeous shot!

cieldequimper said...

Thou art getting better and better at this!

Karen said...

Wow Jack! Splendidly superb!!!

jennyfreckles said...

Super reflective shots - they are quite hard to work out if you hadn't explained them - the carousel horse and the businessman....? But such fun.

Dianne said...

Very clever Jack! love these shots especially the carousel.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I'd say not half band. These are wonderful.

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

The top photo is particularly striking. Would make a painting.

Birdman said...

Just WOW!

Lowell said...

These are excellent. I thought you had been playing Photoshop. I've that kind of thing with Photoshop but I like the way you did it best!

Re your comment about the bike: I wouldn't mind a Harley but have decided (aside from the money involved) that I'm just too damn old to have that much fun. Well, I'd probably fall off and break my head. Not a good idea! You're still young, though. So you go for it!

Randy said...

By far my favorite reflection shot.

Virginia said...

Jack. YOU NAILED THIS. I 'm frantically thinking where on earth I can do this here in B'ham.
Marvelous.
V

Valerie said...

Fabulous captures Jack - sometimes one just runs out of adequate superlatives! Thanks for encouraging us to think beyond the norm.

Jan n Jer said...

Awesome!

JM said...

These are amazing reflection shots! Great job indeed.

Gunn said...

BRAVO. Jack!

Tash said...

We'll have to call you JACKPOT Jack from now on. You've achieved the blogger's dream with these photos. I cannot say how excellent the photos and the overall post is.

Carolyn on Haida Gwaii said...

What a beautiful place to relax and you have captured the reflections so well. Thanks for sharing.
Smiles

Genie said...

What a wonderful place to go. Our here in Lexington is almost third world compared to this one. The reflections are super.We do not have any murals inside but we do have some cute ones outside on the wall separating the library property from the building next door.Beautiful shots. genie

Ali - Scituate Daily Photo said...

Jack, these are wonderful! I especially love the one of Johnny - all those colors and angles and lines, and he's happily reading in the middle of it all - beautiful!