"Mr. Leary's Trip"

© Douglas Gould

"Mr. Leary

Uploaded: January 11, 2004


14 sec @ f 22 - O'Hare Airport - "The Sky's the Limit" - Neon art by Michael Hayden - Had a layover in Chicago on my way to San Diego... lucky me! This could not go unphotographed. There are people in this photo, but very determined... and at 14 secs, they simply vanish!


January 11, 2004

Terrific colors and shapes. Great! #87023

Arthur Rosch January 11, 2004

So..you're saying this art piece is
there, as found, as photographed
(except for the time out strollers)?
Amazing. Or did you wiggle your
camera around just a little bit?
I'm confused and impressed. It's
fabulous either way.

art #327960

Douglas Gould level-classic January 12, 2004

Thanks Magali and Art! Yes Art, this neon sculpture, as they call it, is found in the United terminal, spanning over 700'. And I promise... no camera wiggling, he he. Came down the escalator directly into this and was so impressed, I just had to get the shot. Tripod was in luggage on plane, so I set the timer and put the camera directly on the floor. Tried several different exposures and this one turned out the best. Was very surprised myself to see that the people were not visible at all. I guess in 14 secs, they probably had spanned 30' or more and there's not even a hint of them. Thanks for commenting! #327977

Jen Jesseph January 12, 2004

Douglas - I have been to that terminal, and this makes it look even more amazing than I remember! Excellent work!! #327984

Colleen Braun January 12, 2004

wonderful image, what a great opportunity when saddled with a layover... #328000

Murry Grigsby January 12, 2004

Terrific image Douglas! Very resourceful using the floor as a tripod. Great lines, depth and colors!! #328263

Ronald Balthazor level-addict January 12, 2004

Extremely well done, Douglas. #329046

Lonnie Gatlin January 15, 2004

I love this photo, as well as MANY others you have done. What lense did you use and also what other lenses do you prefer to use? Thanks. #331801

Douglas Gould level-classic January 15, 2004

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate all the comments! Lonnie, I used the 18-55mm that came with my Digital Rebel. With a crop factor of 1.6, that really equates to 29-88mm. My other favorite lens to use is an 80-400mm Tokina. For the price(under $400), it takes pretty sharp photos on the long end(640mm with the crop factor). Please check out my new website. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated! http://www.digital-d-signs.com #332966

Jean Papo February 13, 2004

Douglas, this shot is GREAT! What a beautiful work of art, and you were so quick thinking to capture it for us. Love it!!!!! #375357

Douglas Gould level-classic February 14, 2004

Thanks again, Jean! You are very kind. The artist deserves the credit. I was just stumbling through life, as usual, and I bumped into it! #375556

Jean Papo February 14, 2004

Actually, you DO deserve the credit for this great photo...I'll bet the artist would be very happy to get a copy, if you could track him down! :-) #375561

Jean Papo February 15, 2004

Congratulations, Douglas! Happy to see this here! #379879

Douglas Gould level-classic February 15, 2004

Thank you, Jean! I was pleasantly surprised. I'm about to browse all the other finalists. Always great to see all the deserving photos being recognized. Take care! #379888

Joanna Pecha February 17, 2004

Just terrific! Lovve this shot! Congratulations!! #383064

Robin L. Wehrman February 17, 2004

Congratulations, Douglas! beautiful shot! #383080

Richard H. Hahn February 17, 2004

My favorite of all the January winners! Congrats. Have been through the tunnel many times. When I see your photo, I can hear the sounds... #383096

Jean Papo February 17, 2004

Congratulations, Douglas, I second Richard! I LOVE this photo!!!! Well deserved win!!!! #383137

Douglas Gould level-classic February 17, 2004

Much thanks to all of you! #383891

Evy Johansen level-classic February 17, 2004

Many congratulations on your win, Douglas! #384156

Douglas Gould level-classic February 17, 2004

Thanks, Evy! I just discovered something this evening. I did a websearch to find other neon artwork by the artist Michael Hayden and was totally surprised to find a work he designed for a building right here in Charlotte, NC. I just happened to include it in a photo of the cityscape I took last year. I've included the photo here. His design is on the left side of the photo and it's called "Quadrille". According to the webpage I was on, "Michael wanted the neon to contain many hours of distinct programmed animations that would be randomly selected so that an average commuter would never see the same animation at the same time on subsequent days." He's been producing works for almost 40 years all over the world. I'm sure glad I stumbled across it!

Sarah Arnott February 26, 2004

This is so amazing that I makes me want to go to O'Hare Airport just so that I can actually see this!

And here I always thought that layovers at O'Hare should be avoided ;-).


Anette Linnea Rasmussen March 12, 2004

Beautiful shot, Douglas!

Best regards
Linnea #421511

Kris M. Hartley March 14, 2004

This is a beautiful shot, and I am a color junkie myself, but on a less "constructive" side, this reminds me of a weird sci-fi type dream I had a few weeks back! Thanks for sharing it, I truly enjoyed it.

kris #424181

May 05, 2006

I just want to say I am impressed with ALL your photos!! Awsome job!~ #2729891

Siete Meeter May 28, 2006

Just terrific! Love this shot! Congratulations!!


Greg Briley level-addict September 27, 2006

This one is beyond words. Great job and great knowledge of the situation to make it work perfectly! #3376656

Susie Peek-Swint April 28, 2007

Awesome shot Doug ~ fantastic lines and colours ... belated congrats on your win! #4223399

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