Heritage Tower Fountain

Jena and I went to Crenshaw Lanes with some friends last night for some bowling and pool.  I asked if we could leave a bit early to get some photos of what you see here and ended up getting a couple decent  little pieces.

I didn’t know anything about this fountain so I looked it up on FSU’s website; here’s what I found…

The fountain was constructed near the University Center in 1998 and was named the Heritage Tower in honor of  those who funded it and what it’s supposed to represent.  The word ‘heritage’ can be defined as a way of life or traditional culture that is passed from one generation to the next and, by this definition, the torch represents the traditions and culture that has been shared by the students of FSU (Florida State University) and FSCW (Florida State College of Women) over the years.  This gift not only continued in the class gift tradition that was established at FSCW, but also reflected on the strong ties between the University and its alumnae.

The Torch was a presented to FSU from the graduating classes of 1946-1948.  These classes represent a transitional time when FSCW changed into FSU.  The class of 1946 is considered the last true class of FSCW.  While the class of 1947 started to see the change from an all women’s school to a coed institution and also was the first class to reach over 1,000 people.  The graduate’s diplomas of this year were the only ones to read both FSCW and FSU on it.  Since the introduction of the GI Bill, men had been slowly let into FSCW since the end of WW2 in 1945, but it was not until 1947 that they were integrated into the school as full students.  Finally the class of 1948 is considered the first real class of FSU and the dedication of the fountain in 1998 marked the 50th anniversary of the school.

The design of the fountain echoes the collegiate gothic styles of the older buildings on campus and each facet of the fountain represents something from the University and the aforementioned transitional period.  The top of the fountain is dawned with the classic three torches (a symbol adopted in 1909) sitting on top of both the seals for FSU and FSCW.  The arches are meant to represent the entering and exiting of students from FSU and the flowing waters are supposed to represent the passage of time, which flows into a pool at the base which is supped to represent FSU and the campus. Also buried in the fountain itself are materials that document the history of FSU and FSCW.  The Latin inscription on the torch “Vires, Artes, Mores” is the physical, mental and moral ideal and purpose of higher education.

Well, I hope you enjoy the photos…feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.  Thanks for looking!

Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Camera: Nikon D90
  • Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Focal Length: 32mm & 20mm, respectively
  • ISO: 200
  • Bracketing: 3 exposures with EVs ranging from -2 to +2 at 2 stop intervals
  • White Balance: Auto
  • Shutter: 0.6s
  • Aperture: f/4.8 & f/3.7, respectively
  • Tripod: Sunpak 6200DX

4 thoughts on “Heritage Tower Fountain

  1. Nice picture! I just started using my D90 and I’m attempting to create a similar image (FSU fountains). So I went out on campus today (around 1, sunny) and selected manual mode and selected the settings you had. I wanted to get the smooth water effect, but instead came up with either a completely white screen or a very fade image. I was using tripod and all, same lens as you too. Switched back to auto mode and picture took perfect except not the desired look. Can you explain? Any ideas for settings or what I did wrong? I’m guessing I should attempt in late evening time, but would still like to go back and catch some mid day photos.

    • Thanks, Andrew!

      Since you went out during midday, I’m thinking the aperture settings should’ve been smaller (bigger number)…somewhere around f/16 or probably a bit higher to allow less light in while the shutter remained open for a relatively longer amount of time for a daytime shot. That’s probably why you got the completely white screen; the sensor was taking in too much light, thus becoming over exposed by quite a bit.

      Another thing you can try is to set your camera to Shutter Priority and set the exposure time down to about 0.6 or 0.8 seconds and the camera will automatically choose an aperture. If you’re close to getting the desired image, you can check what settings the camera made and then switch over to Manual Mode and tweak them just a bit until you get it just right.

      Thanks for looking and thank you for the comment! Hope I could help you out a little bit; if you have anymore questions, I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. Good luck getting those shots!

      – Ryan

  2. Ryan,

    Thank you for taking time to give me some tips. I returned this evening and captured the shots I was hoping for at Westcott. It quickly became dark, so I will return for the stadium another evening. I didn’t have any problems and will attempt a daytime shoot soon. I hope you made it to the Holiday park lights on Monroe, they were great. Your photos are amazing, I really enjoyed the Catwalk!

    Have a good year and Go Noles,


    • You are most welcome! Glad you got the shots you were looking for! And thank you for the compliments! The encouragement is much needed as I’ve only been doing this seriously for about 6 months, with no formal training, and am looking to turn it into part of what I want to do for a living.

      Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it downtown to see any of the lights this year since I was working most of the time or out of town.

      Anyway, thanks for looking around my page! Take care!

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