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The Marin Civic Center Takes on Extra Curves

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Marin County | California

Here are some images I shot Tuesday of the Marin County Civic Center, the last commission of Frank Lloyd Wright. I used my new “bought-for-Paris” Olympus OM-D camera and a Rokinon manual-focus fish-eye lens.

The building is famous and photographers have probably made millions of images, so I was trying to do something a little different.

Since the Civic Center is full of curves, the fish-eye seemed a natural part of the plan, but then I jacked things up in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Color Efex. The photos are interesting but might suffer from too much post-processing: too much saturation and micro contrast.

I’ll revisit them in a year before making a final judgement.

Marin Civic Center

Marin County Civic Center

Marin County Civic Center

Marin County Civic Center


Written by Ron Greene

December 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

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  1. You are VERY talented and know I enjoyed seeing theses. Hope you are well. DAVID


    December 8, 2012 at 1:33 pm

  2. Space age

    Sent from my iPad

    Judith Pruess-Mellow

    December 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

  3. I like the flying saucers.

    Breakfast at 10:00 tmorrow?


    Sent from my iPhone


    December 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm

  4. Brilliant Ron! Thanks for sharing. Maridy


    December 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

  5. Great surreal, sci-fi effect.

    In the UK, the government has decreed that new schools must be built “without curves” to save money. This beautiful building illustrates what a false economy that will be.

    Suzanne Miller

    December 10, 2012 at 4:36 am

  6. You have something to share. Keep on blogging. Steve

    Stephen Kay

    January 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

  7. I stumbled upon these photos by accident, but really like them! They’re a little surreal, like they’re part of an futuristic alien landscape—with a little Barbarella thrown in for good measure.


    April 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    • Yes, I tried to make them a little different using a fish-eye lens and cranking up the saturation.

      Ron Greene

      April 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm

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