President George W. Bush Library

by Dean Singleton August. 10, 2014 1933 views

The Bush library is located in Dallas, TX, at SMU. It's not a large library but we spent a little over four hours touring it. From the designs of Oscar de la Renta, to the 911 remains, and Aids relief, it was a truly impressive library/museum. Many of the shots had to be at ISO 10,000 to 12,800 which really concerned me about the noise but Sony in camera noise reduction did a great job so I could hand hold without flash. This was a very moving experience, from laughter to tears.

A lot of the world looks at our government and laughs, but to tell the truth I guess we do too. I've never been very political, but when the enemies you face inside are as hell bent to bring down our great nation, a nation that doesn't shirk it's responsibility to help the world, as well as those on the outside, it's time to remember the words below.

My son was a member of the 101st Airborne when we went into Iraq after 911. The moment I saw this eagle I thought of him. We're still that eagle and we still have those claws. We will not fail, united we stand.

Three views of the American landscape and one of the people. These are projected on the upper walls of the portico in an ever changing scene. I immediately thought of the song “America the Beautiful.” Especially impressive is the last one of the people.

These next seven shots are of the Oscar de la Renta section of the library. He designed a lot of them for Mrs. Bush, the first lady. I'm talking a real first lady with manners and dignity. Many of these were designed for not only Mrs. Bush but many famous ladies. All had to be shot at ISO 10,000 to allow for hand holding. No flashes allowed.

Unfortunately few of those in government now have read let alone believe in this part of the President's address in 2001.

Part of the Trade Center supports. I had to use ISO 12,000 to get this one. I would like to have taken a few more but it was too crowded. I guess I'll have to go back on a weekday.

The tallest Lotus pod I've ever seen. It was in the replica rose garden and stood around 4 feet tall.

The Aids Map. Each of the small dots is a person representing Aids victims. Africa is so large because of the number of cases there compared to the rest of the world. The Aids virus as well as the current Ebola outbreak came out of Africa. It was once called the dark continent because little was known about it. A lot of things have come out of Africa, diamonds, gold, many other precious stones, and a lot of good. Will the next thing out of Africa end us, that is if the Ebola outbreak doesn't?

Front view of the library and museum. You can't tell it but it was 102 degrees when I took this shot.

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Yokai - 5 years, 7 months ago

Very interesting images and explanations ! Thanks for sharing.

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Stefan Fletcher 5 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for this touching post, especially as the subject is unexpected. You'd be right in guessing that W. has a worse reputation in Europe than in the U.S., which unfortunately obscures the brave and terrible job people like your son volunteered to do and which we Europeans can't organise ourselves enough to do on our own.

On a lighter note, instead of ramping up the ISO (even with good NR), change the metering to centre-weighted or spot. You'll find that does the trick in low-light situations without flash.

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