Photo 101: A State Street runs through Syracuse

Assignment No. 2 in Photo 101 is titled Street.

It’s a challenge to our perspective.

My Tuesday life took me from my dear wife Karen and I’s Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood to a half-business, half-pleasure trip that ended on State Street, a busy thoroughfare in downtown Syracuse.

After I’d filled out paperwork in the Onondaga County office building and secured six human and one pooch ticket to take-your-dog to the Syracuse Crunch hockey game night of March 28 at the Onondaga County War Memorial, I found myself clutching my iPhone 6 and itching to fulfill the assignment.

I did not want to go strictly horizontal like the examples sent to us by instructor Maria.

State Stree, Syracuse, N.Y., March 3, 2015.

State Street, Syracuse, N.Y., March 3, 2015.

So I fixed a snowbank as the foreground, with a pleasing line running parallel to busy State Street, which cuts more perpendicular through the photo.

The War Memorial is in the background to the right. That’s the marquee advertising wrestling and a rock concert.

In the immediate background on the left side of the street is the Everson Museum of Art, a building designed by famous architect I.M. Pei.

The Mulroy Civic Center, which houses the county office where I filled out paperwork, also sits adjacent to the War Memorial, but on the same side of State Street, separated by a smaller lane. I thought it would make a less dramatic side-by-side image.

Onondaga County War Memorial and Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, N.Y., March 3, 2015.

Onondaga County War Memorial and Mulroy Civic Center, Syracuse, N.Y., March 3, 2015.

But maybe not. Upon further review, I’ve added this shot. That’s the hockey arena-and-more to the left, and the office-building-and-more to the right. In the background is the AXA/Equitable Tower.

For a more traditional street scene, I walked past the War Memorial and shot across State Street toward the Everson.

Everson Museum, left,  Syracuse University towers, right.

Everson Museum, left, tall apartment towers, right.

On the left side of the above photo is the other side of Pei’s building than that pictured in the top. I liked the line of the 90-degree angle intersection, and the big tower apartment building far off on the right.

Yes, it’s gray and snowing again today in Syracuse.

Which photograph is more pleasing to your eye, and why? Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle can’t wait; would you bring your dog to a hockey game? What do you think of I.M. Pei’s architecture on the Everson Museum of Art?

54 thoughts on “Photo 101: A State Street runs through Syracuse

  1. Hey Mark! I’m a bit late joining the discussion. I must say that I prefer the hard curves of the second picture. You can see where the big snow blowers have cut away the face of the snowbanks so we can see inside them – leaving square lines. And the flags are a great touch. The tunnel like feeling between the buildings really says “city”.

    All the pics are very good Mark – professional.


  2. Did they tell you at Photo 101 if you get out into the city at the wee early hours of the morning… you will get the best shots. No cars most likely. I loved the first picture… the long linear line of snow….!!
    Seriously, YOU take great pictures. I have seen them!


  3. How much was the pooch ticket? What if the pooch needs to relieve himself/herself? Looking forward to your report on that one!

    #1 for all the reasons everyone already gave.


    • The pooch ticket was $5. Luckily, I had some passes that I was able to use for free adult tickets that I had saved from my New Times Christmas party. Score! And I will go with a pocketful of plastic supermarket bags for the other purpose. Leaks will have to take care of themselves. I think the hockey team staff must have thought of this to put a promotion out like this, Liz. We are wondering how Ellie B will behave. My daughter Elisabeth’s text: “Between the six of us we should be able to contain her.” I love my kid.


  4. had to have a few looks at the photos to decide – i think i like the third one best – there is just something about the traffic lights almost parrallel to the museum building.
    Could you go back in spring to the same spot and take follow up photos?
    I missed the photo challenge (joining i mean!) but am loving looking at what others are doing. Jim’s shots are good too. Glad I’m in a snow free zone πŸ™‚


    • OK, Rachel, I will have to remember your springtime photo request. If I forget, a kind nudge from London, please? πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your opinions. Jim and I are battling some wicked elements here. I am so sick of the snow … But you know that already.


  5. I prefer the 2nd photo. Most the buildings around where I live are shorter and, in my opinion, dull. If the building isn’t all that impressive on the outside, what’s going on inside must be dull as well…like an accounting firm or something. Tall buildings, on the other hand, have always fascinated me. They make me think there’s something important going on in there…like peace talks between super heroes and thier evil nemesis’. This might be something I should talk to my therapist about. πŸ˜‰ Great photos!


    • Your logic fascinates me, Rachel. To heck with the therapist. Just talk to me. Look at my categories and check out Free Advice. Send me a question to and I can figure out anything and not even put your name to it. πŸ™‚ Seriously, send me a question and let’s have fun.

      I am drawn to your thought process about the tall buildings. And thank you for your kind words about my iPhone 6 Street photos. Water today. I haven’t figured out my plan yet. You?


    • Yes, I looked up toward your office building space and waved, Jim. I parked right next to the War Memorial and fed the multi-space meter six quarters. Thanks, sir. I have to head over to II and see your shot of the day.

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  6. I like that you mentioned Pei as the architect/designer of your art museum. This is extraordinary and makes this a unique building, too. I enjoy all your photos, while I search for details and admire the structure and designs. The War Memorial building really stands out with the flags, so this is my favorite, when push comes to shove, and you really want to know the answer, Mark! smiles!


  7. State Street is better. High rise apts give me the willies, especially if there is fire. Plus, it says “do not enter” and the trees are bare. Not inviting at all. Plus, with the first one I want to sing Judy Garland, “On State Street, that great street, I just wanna say…” (Chicago).


  8. Absolutely the first photo is best. It gives a good perspective of the snow bank and i like the way the cars are all lined up on one side… very clever how you arranged that. But all these photos of snow are making me too cold…


    • I’ll try to arrange a heat wave before I complete tomorrow’s assignment, Ros. πŸ™‚ Hey, I’m glad you like my car-waving skills for the top shot. No parking in front of the War Memorial on that side. I looked for the best scene, is all. I’m learning, and it’s only day two of Photo 101.


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