3 Reasons Why Cincinnati Is Photogenic

Downtown January 13, 2010

Aerial photo taken of Cincinnati taken on Jan. 13, 2010.

3 Reasons Why Cincinnati Is Photogenic

Cincinnati is a very photogenic city. As long as you have a camera and some time on your hands, I am sure you can find something interesting to point your lens at. It doesn’t matter if you are shooting with a Hasselblad, Holga, or your iPhone straight into your Instagram account, you won’t leave disappointed. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Architecture: From excellent French Art Deco like the Carew Tower to beautiful engineering like the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, you could spend all day walking around downtown filling up memory cards (or rolls of film). If you have a moment, visit the Cincinnati Museum Center and check out the largest semi-dome in the western hemisphere. If you go inside, you should be warned. I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the hip of Orion, c-beams covered with glitter in the park, but I’ve never seen so many screaming children (one of them being my very own) rampaging around like something out of a scene in “World War Z!”

Look, even if you can’t tell the difference between Samuel Hannaford or the guy next door with his truck up on blocks in the front yard, just point the camera anywhere and shoot like a tourist! You can figure out what everything is once you get home and open up a cold can of Google!

2. Parks: If you aren’t into architecture, there are a lot of great parks with hills and excellent views of the skyline (not the restaurant, the city). When I say “a lot” it’s actually an understatement. We probably have more parks than chili parlors! Hell, we probably have more parks than every coney served at Skyline AND Death Star Chili over the course of a year! Okay…maybe not quite THAT many. That’s crazy talk!

I want you to know that a lot of these excellent parks are conveniently dropped on top of a bunch of hills we have strewn about all over the place. “Big deal!” I hear you say.  You aren’t very easy to please, are you?  Just go buy some coneys, pick out a park (with the exception of that one over by UC where the creepers like to park and wait for “friends” to show up), force those coneys down your throat, chase it with a magnesium hydroxide smoothie, and clean the grease off of your lens.  You are ready to go! Don’t forget to take off the lens cap.

3. Fireworks: Yeah, yeah…I know. You are probably thinking you could just attend your local 4th of July display and snap a few candid shots of toddlers setting dogs on fire with sparklers. Kids are dangerous! I know this for a fact (ask me about the time my daughter stabbed me in the eye with a drum stick).  But, if you haven’t witnessed the brown-trouser-inducing power of Rozzi’s fireworks display for Labor Day in Cincinnati, then you are truly missing out! They don’t just shoot off a few fireworks and call it a day…nosirreebob!  They blow up so much shit that you’ll find shrapnel dropping on your picnic a month later! It’s awesome!

If you drive into town a few days early, you can spread out your ground tarp, drop your beer cooler on top of it, and mark off a spot to photograph the fireworks down by the river. A word of caution. If you have any future plans to have children, you might want to skip the finale as the sheer volume of the explosions may render your wedding tackle effete. You’ve been warned. Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention there are plenty of places to see fireworks all over the city for the 4th of July as well. If you are scared of fireworks, you can always attend the balloon glow at Coney Island, then run home to mama before the Rozzi family starts detonating Yonshakudama shells into Lake Como! \m/ Oh…almost forget that you can see fireworks at Reds games. I hear they fire off a round every time someone argues that Pete Rose should be in the hall of fame.

Don’t judge Cincinnati on my photography alone. I shot all of these from my basement window with a broken Walgreens disposable camera that I picked up used at the Goodwill.* I’m sure you will land some impressive shots with your Hasselblad and I expect you to send me a link! Also, if you are going to shoot photos through the window of your McLaren SLR 999, the least you can do is roll the windows down. Technique matters! :D

Cincinnati is a beautiful city with a seemingly endless supply of subjects to keep a shutterbug happy. Enjoy your visit!

*not true at all
  • Aerial View

    Aerial shot of downtown Cincinnati

  • Fireworks

    Labor Day fireworks

  • Skyline

    Downtown as seen from Devou Park

  • Riverboats

    Tall Stacks riverboats

  • Waterfall

    Labor Day fireworks and the “waterfall” display – note people on lower...

  • Brown Stadium

    Paul Brown Stadium as seen from Carew Tower

  • Union Terminal

    Tilt-shifted Museum Center (aka The Hall of Justice)

  • Scripps Center

    Building reflections on the Scripps Center

  • Fountain

    Tyler Davidson fountain: The Genius of Water

  • Sunrise

    Ceiling inside the Cincinnati Museum Center

  • Lamp

    Lamp post in Alms Park on a foggy day

  • Fog

    Fog settling around Lunken Airport

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Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” is finally released!

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Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal”

We are pleased to announce that Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” on Overlook Hotel Records is available as a free download on Bandcamp! “Let’s Send A Signal” contains fourteen tracks of original music created in our secret laboratory.

Vic, Jason, Mike, Mat, and I spent a year writing, recording, mixing, and throwing hammers around in a grand effort to bring you something special! Do you like your rock with synths? Perhaps you prefer your synths with guitars. Maybe you are like me and enjoy a very diverse array of musical styles, sometimes across the same album, or maybe even throughout the course of the same song.

What does it sound like? I’ve heard “future retro” thrown out there, but I have no idea what that means! Press the play button below and decide for yourself. Please share our link, “like” us on Facebook, follow our Twitter account, and enjoy some new music from Cambium!

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Cambium – “Let’s Send A Signal” Coming Soon!

Cambium BannerCambium – “Let’s Send A Signal”

Cambium is one of the latest projects I have been working on with some extremely talented friends of mine.  We’ve spent the last year writing, tweaking, editing, mixing, and finally mastering our new album. “Let’s Send A Signal” will be released in just two short days on Overlook Hotel Records. Cambium merges hard rock, electro-rock, darkwave, post-punk, and indie rock into a highly melodic and powerful listening experience. I am very proud of our hard work and look forward to sharing it with everyone.

Here are two singles from the record, which will be available at http://cambium.bandcamp.com/ as well as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and many other locations.

“Let’s Send A Signal”

“Salton”

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Kevin Hartnell – “Umbra” Reissued On BandCamp

Kevin Hartnell - "Umbra"

Kevin Hartnell – “Umbra”

I have just re-issued my Umbra project from Overlook Hotel Records on BandCamp, which is a collection of ambient and dark ambient compositions. Umbra was born back in the late 90’s and was greatly inspired by my love of horror and science fiction film scores. There are no drums on this release. Some of the music may make you feel calm and relaxed while other tracks may simply give you the creeps. Some of the music was licensed for a film years back. While I don’t write as much ambient music as I used to, there is certainly more in the works.

I have also released The Dusk Single which has two of my more popular ambient tracks with percussion. These were written quite a long time ago but seem to have legs and show up in the strangest places on the web.

Both releases are available as free downloads and streaming audio. I do hope you enjoy the music!

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The Replicon Project: A Tribute To Gary Numan

The Replicon Project: A Tribute To Gary Numan

The Replicon Project: A Tribute To Gary Numan

I have been extremely busy the last couple of years working on music.  There are at least eight different recording projects in various stages of development. I recently produced and released The Replicon Project. It is a collection of eighteen songs inspired by Gary Numan.

The Replicon Project is a collaboration featuring musicians from the United States, Canada, Australia, England, France, and Scotland. The Replicon Project is available as a free download at BandCamp. Rather than paying us for the music, we would love for you to please consider making a donation to The National Autistic Society (UK).

Have a listen. I hope you enjoy the music. Thanks!

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