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posted on: September 11, 2015

Gates Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

While exploring the Cornell University Campus during a recent vacation, I had one of those drive-by, step-on-the-break moments when the lighting on a building was so perfect that I had to stop the car to get out and document it.  Never mind that the only thing I could take a photo with at the moment was my phone- when color and light align so perfectly on a structure, it's a rare treat and all that matters is freezing that moment in time because it may never happen again.

I just love how perfectly the light filtered through the glass scales and reflected back again to highlight the simultaneous translucency and reflectivity of glass.  The brilliant gold ceiling creates the perfect color contrast to the deep blues that were present in a rare clear Ithaca twilight.  I'm trying not to beat myself up about wishing I'd had my other cameras with me... and just enjoying that I caught the light when I could with what I had.

Gates Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

To learn more about this building, check out:

Cornell Engineering: Gates Hall : A New Home for CIS

Cornell Blog: Explore Gates Hall

Archpaper: In Detail > Cornell University's Gates Hall

Archpaper: Crit > Bill & Melinda Gates Hall

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