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05-27-17 Three Rooms Full

05-27-17 Three Rooms Full

I told her took take one off the wall to see if we could get away with it. But it wouldn't fit in my carry-on bag, would it?

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04-17-13 The Getty Center, Los Angeles

2013 04-17 The Getty Center, Los Angeles by Scott Shephard

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03-26-10 Cool Cat

This is my third post in six days from the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena. The museum was great but the sculpture garden was beautiful - espcially on a spring day in California. The bronze cat is a sculpture but the white trees also are a strong sculptural element in the garden.

Canon 5DII 1/100s f/4.5 ISO200 65mm

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03-25-10 Betty

Betty is my 89 year old aunt. At age 18 she left South Dakota for California and has lived there ever since. At age 18 she showed a willingness to explore and she recently showed the same willingness when we carted her all over the Los Angeles area.

In this photo she is sitting complacently in the lobby of the Norton Simon Art Museum in Pasadena. I thought a full day of visiting places like Hollywood, the Santa Monica pier and an art gallery would do her in. But she never slowed us down!

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03-22-10 The Art Lesson

Oddly, I was reminded of the famous Rembrandt painting, "The Anatomy Lesson," when I was processing this photo. It was taken at the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California and it shows an art class pondering a work by Picasso.

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11-27-09 Looking Up

I'm sorry to say this, but I don't know what specific dome I am picturing here. I do know that it is one of the art museums in Berlin, Germany. The structure was beautiful and the art was even better.

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11-01-09 A Human Interface

Gallery photo taken at the Denver Art Museum by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard You may have noticed that I like to take photographs of art museum interiors. This photo comes from the Denver Art Museum. The inspiration for the title is the fact that the design and color of the space that showcases the art are so welcoming.

Art museums are often busy and full of the sound of voices and footsteps echoing off the walls and wooden floors in the spacious galleries. But because it was snowing outside, the museum was quiet and I had this floor almost to myself. I was looking for serenity, warmth and color on this particular morning and I found it.

For those who might be curious, the painting on the wall directly opposite my camera is called "Childhood Idyll" by Bourguereau. Click here to see a better view of the painting.

Canon 5D II 1/30s f/4.0 ISO800 35mm

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08-29-09 nspired By Art

Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard I think I've mentioned that I enjoy taking candid photos in art museums. This photo was taken in Tacoma, Washington, at The Museum of Glass. This art lover seems exhausted by the experience of seeing all that glass. He's sitting on a glass, leather and chrome bench.

Canon 5D 1/30s f/4.0 ISO640 60mm Some rights reserved under Creative Commons Copyright

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07-18-09 Looking Through Art

Here's another one from Denver, Colorado. I was visiting the art museum and was captured by the construction of a new wing of the museum. The red structure that frames the two workers is itself a work of art. Check out this photo (which isn't mine) for the context and to see what the finished building looks like.

1/500s f/13.0 ISO400 56mm

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05-13-09 People Watching

I'm back inside the Art Institute of Chicago with this photo. I think I've admitted to a penchant for watching people look at art when I'm in art galleries. I was photographing this bronze sculpture (name? artist?) when I saw the gentleman in the background walk into the frame. I'm not the only voyeur in the room - the naked boy is watching, too.

Canon 1D 1/60s f/3.2 ISO800 35mm


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03-02-09 Kunsthistorisches Museum - Vienna, Austria

By Scott Shephard


So here's the second of my "Museum Interiors" theme. The Kunsthisoriches Museum is one my favorites, largely because of the Brueghel Room, which is not the room we are seeing here. Another thing I like about this museum is the fact that there are the large, welcoming sofas - very user friendly. Incidentally, my wife, Deb, is in this picture. She looks likes she's enjoying art though I think she is enjoying the rest, as well.

Canon 5D f1.2 1/60 Canon 50mm 1.2L iso400

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03-01-09 Art Institute of Chicago - "Paris Street; Rainy Day"

By Scott Shephard


As you can tell, this painting by Gustave Caillebotte dominates the gallery it is housed in. What I enjoy about candid art gallery shots is that there is a bit of irony of looking at a picture (as you are) of people looking at pictures. Photos like this seem convey quite and calm. I also enjoy seeing how people are grouped and wondering what they are seeing.

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