A visit to the Bushnell Performing Arts Center

A visit to the Bushnell Performing Arts Center


This spring I was invited to submit a bid for producing a multilevel Google virtual tour, and still images of the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, Connecticut. I was awarded the job in July and I produced a three level Google tour that includes over 40 panorama images. You can view the tour here: https://goo.gl/maps/HNhM19aXRsUbnkoEA
My portfolio of Google virtual tours now includes several Hartford landmarks including the Hartford Convention Center, the Hartford Science Center, and the Hartford Yardgoats Dunkin' Donuts Statium.


 According to the Bushnell website: “Designed by the highly respected architectural firm of Corbett, Harrison, and MacMurray - the same architects responsible for New York City's Radio City-The Bushnell is regarded as a world-class facility and one of the great Halls of America. In 1930, The Bushnell opened, being heralded as ‘beacon of hope,’ in the midst of the Depression – such it has remained for over 80 years.”  The Art Deco style of the main theater; the William H Mortensen Hall, especially the ceiling, is truly amazing.


There is also a smaller 900 seat theater called the Maxwell M. and Ruth R. Belding Theater, which opened in 2002. According to the Bushnell’s website “The ceiling mural, created by Evergreen Studios of New York City, provides a dazzling modern interpretation of the original Hall's sun, moon, and stars Art Deco motifs.”


The Bushnell has hosted almost every major artist of the 20th century. It was also the site of a national Presidential debate in 1996.  There are many additional rooms in the Bushnell that are available for rent for weddings, parties, meetings and classes including the Autorino Great Hall with the large chandelier created by artist Dale Chilhuly and the Seaverns Room which is the official Memorial room to Horace Bushnell, the 19th-century minister and theologian whose daughter Dotha Bushnell Hillyer, conceived and built The Bushnell as a permanent tribute to her father.

                                                          

One of the fun aspects of this job was photographing in the old green room just off the stage that is filled with autographs of many of the artists who performed at the Bushnell.


Photographing at the Bushnell brought back great memories like seeing the “Young Rascals”when I was in High School, attending a Joan Baez solo concert, PV O’Donnell’s Irish Concert, and my daughter Maureen’s High graduation ceremony.  I feel honored and privileged to have been chosen for this job. 


Tim Becker
Creative Images Photography
901 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
860-528-7818



Big Cranes in Boston

Big Cranes in Boston
For the folks that are receiving my email blog for the first time; I'm Tim Becker, a commercial photographer based in Connecticut. About once a month I share an interesting photo assignment or my thoughts about photography. 


Last July I was asked by a long term client: Fred Smith and Associates, to photograph cranes in operation lifting steel sections of a Massachusetts Turnpike overpass, for the Empire Crane Company https://www.empirecrane.com/. I asked how long I would be photographing; I was told to stay until I got a good variety of shots.


I have been on many construction sites over the years including a summer job as a plumber’s assistant, right after I graduated from High School. I was excited about this assignment. I got my hard hat, steel toed boots and Day-Glo safety vest out. One thing I learned working on construction sites, is that you need to look out for danger in all directions, including over your head. I drove for about an hour and a half to Boston and I was extremely lucky to find a parking space on the street. I found my way to the construction site and started photographing a large crane that was lifting steel sections of highway, that were then being bolted into place by iron workers. The fast pace and skill of the iron workers was amazing.


I learned from one of the workers that the entire steel highway structure had been put together in a aircraft hanger over the winter, as a rehearsal to make sure that every component fit together perfectly. I made the mistake of standing inside the red taped area to take a photo, and got yelled at. I learned that was the area that the crane swings around in, and no one can stand there. I was also challenged by a representative of the general contractor. I had to give him my business card and show him the assignment e-mail from the Empire Crane Company on my phone, to avoid being kicked out. I imagine he was the safety officer just doing his job.


Below at the level of the Mass Pike, I photographed a crane that was lifting counterweights onto itself. In the distance on a flatbed trailer was an immense steel beam, that was to span four lanes of the Mass Pike. After a long wait, the crane lifted the beam into place, guided by one iron worker. As luck would have it, the Boston Prudential Center happened to be in the background.


This was the money shot that I had been waiting for. An entire crew of iron workers bolted the beam in place as I kept snapping away. By this time, it was late afternoon and my assignment was complete. I left Boston as the sky was becoming overcast. I welcome assignments where things happen, and value is created. Whether I’m on a ladder, in a crane bucket, or in a fork-lift aerial cage, I always want to photograph from the best angle to capture the action.

Timothy Becker
Creative Images Photography
901 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
860-528-7818

I Got Hacked

I Got Hacked
On Monday 07/29/2019 my email was hacked and a bogus message was sent to all of my contacts. If you received a message from my email entitled "Proposal from Connecticut Commercial Photographer" please delete it. I sincerely apologize for this issue. I am still perplexed as to why my email was targeted.

Monday I was photographing a Google virtual tour at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT https://www.bushnell.org/ which I will share in a future post. When I got back to my office I received numerous phone calls from friends alerting me that my email had been hacked. I immediately called my email provider GoDaddy,  https://www.godaddy.com . Their technicians guided me through the process of changing my password and logging out of all devices. Then I purchased an email security package, that will prevent this from happening again. I have a penchant for learning things the hard way, especially when it comes to computers. Thank you for your understanding.

Enjoy the hot summer weather. I will send more photography related posts in August!

Tim Becker
Creative Images Photography
901 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
860-528-7818

Fresh Bread

Fresh Bread
Continuing the food theme of my last blog, I would like to recount a photo assignment that I did in the fall foliage season of 2017; in the beautiful Litchfield Hills of Connecticut. This was another great assignment from my Google Agency Instant 360: https://instant360.com/

I had never heard of Bantam, Connecticut. According to Wikipedia, Bantam is a historic borough in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The population was 759 at the 2010 census and the borough consists of one square mile. My assignment was to take 360 degree and still images of the Bantam Bread Company,
http://www.bantambread.com/  along with a few other businesses in the area.


I stopped in the bakery and talked with Niles Golovin, one of the owners, as he was taking freshly baked bread from the oven. It was a delight to photograph the beautiful baked goods that were all around.  The most difficult part of the assignment was taking the 360-degree photos in the front area, with customers constantly streaming in and out purchasing the fresh loaves. You can view the virtual tour here: https://goo.gl/maps/nJqbudgTAoUVW7ro9


When I photographed the area where the bread was baked, Niles wanted to be in the final 360-degree image with his freshly baked bread. This required him to hold very still for about ten seconds. It worked!


You may have guessed the rest of the story. I was asked if I would like to take a loaf of freshly baked home. 
I didn’t hesitate saying yes. I was given a loaf of ancient grain bread, which I also hadn’t heard of before. The ingredients can include quinoa, oats, amaranth, Kamut, millet, teff and barley. All I know is, the bread was delicious. Sometimes you just get lucky.

Tim Becker
Creative Images Photography
901 Main St.
Manchester, CT 06040
860-528-7818

Red Chowder

Red Chowder
One of the things that I enjoy most about working with the Google Agency, Instant 360, www.instant360.com is the interesting places I am assigned to photograph. Early in May I received an email and a photo assignment appeared on my Google calendar.  I was assigned to do a Google virtual tour in Warwick RI at the Governor Francis Inn http://www.governorfrancisinn.com/

When I arrived, I met with Craig who has been the owner of the Inn for over twenty years. Craig took me on a tour of the restaurant and kitchen; including the walk-in refrigerator. I never realized how much food preparation space is needed to support a large seafood restaurant. 


I wouldn’t describe the place as fancy. It is more of a comfortable, family style restaurant, with great seafood and chowder. A waitress I talked with explained that the restaurant caters to an older crowd, which keeps them very busy year-round.  What really caught my eye when I was on the kitchen tour, was a batch of “red chowder”. This is also known as Manhattan style clam chowder, which I really like. It is rarely found in New England. I only get to enjoy it once a year on my annual August visit to see the horses run, at Saratoga, NY Racecourse.


After I completed taking the Google 360 images of the dinning room and the bar, https://goo.gl/maps/EV4nV5CfMeGYWyK87  Craig invited me to have lunch. I said yes and asked for a bowl of the red chowder. It is the best chowder I have ever tasted. Craig also offered me a shrimp cocktail; which was delicious. Before I could finish, I was asked if I would like to take some chowder home. I immediately agreed and said, "this is like gold to me.” I drove back home to Manchester, CT, a happy guy with a half-gallon of chowder and a bunch of oyster crackers. Some days you just get lucky!
 
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