Austin, TX – Lord’s Gym (HDR)

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I took this photo a few years ago when I lived in Austin. I see the gym is still open and not sure if it has changed…probably not…but this is one cool place for HDR’s! Look at the stories it can tell. My kinda gym. I can see Rocky training here and Ivan Drago doing his high tech stuff in Moscow. LOL Time to grab a jump rope and hit Lord’s!

San Francisco, CA – City Hall (HDR)

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While in SF I wanted to grab a photo exterior photos of the City Hall. While waiting for the sun to set I took a stroll inside to check out its interior. Wow! Very nice for HDR’ing! They were prepping for a big party and had it all lit up and set for a wonderful evening for a lucky group of people!

The Domes of Casa Grande, AZ

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I recently went to Pheonix and took a drive on this Saturday to Case Grande with my good photog friend John Harper. I had seen pics of this place and wanted to see them firsthand. It was about 30 minutes south of Phoenix…just off Route 8. You drive down a desolate road and you see these odd structures on the left. We parked on the road as I saw broken glass and junk on the driveway in to the domes.

We walked up to them and it was very surreal. The first one looks like a UFO…we walked thru and came across the second section. Pic above. 4 domes grouped together. You walk in and it feels really weird. Sun rays are streaming thru the holes in the ceiling. Kinda cool. I yelled out and the echo was awesome! I did my best Joe DiMaggio from Yankee Stadium. Are they haunted, not sure. All I know is it is one strange feeling walking around this place.

So I wanted to know more….(from the web) A little over 27 years ago, ground was broken for an electronics assembly plant on Thornton Road near Interstate 8, at a site now referred as “the Domes.” About 75 people attended the event that included a preview of a Thermoshell dome, champagne and a buffet lunch. A total of four dome-like structures were built. One of them looks like a classic flying saucer. Zebb then planned to move her company from Mountain View, Calif., to the new Casa Grande site, which was to become the company headquarters. Her site in California would become a branch plant, according to her plans. An office was used for a while in one of the domes but the plant never opened. Long abandoned, the site was acquired by new owners in 2006. The 5-acre plot is about half a mile from Interstate 8. At one point the Domes property was fenced but that has fallen into disrepair with vandalism.
Today a realtor has the listing for the Domes. The asking price for the 5 acres and the four structures with more than 20,300 square feet is $750,000