DescriptionThis is late evening shot of the Biomedical Science Research Building at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This shot was taken not long after sunset and I didn't like the way the color version looked. I decided to experiment to see if I could make a more interesting shot. I had taken a few shots with different exposures from the same location, so first I tried an HDR. Didn't like how that turned out. However, in playing with the tone mapping, I desaturated the entire image and I liked what happened. I then decided to pick just one of the images and do some tone mapping, curves adjustment along with adding just a little bit of color (some red and some yellow). Some extra grain was added as well to give the image a grittier look. Topped it off with some vignetting and this is the final result. I like the way the sky came out. I also like the way the main building almost disappears because the glass is reflecting so much.
James Howe, Ann Arbor Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement I'm a photographer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My main photographic interests are architecture, architectural abstracts, industrial and things with graphical details and classic automobiles. My images typically try to capture something unique about the subject. For buildings and architecture it might be some part of the building that people might typically ignore. For cars it might be a detail that gets overlooked. Sometimes it's just a unique perspective on something that people see on a daily basis.
All of my images were shot using a DSLR and typically receive at least minimal processing in Lightroom and/or Photoshop. Additional work is sometimes done to refine the image, similar to work done in a traditional wet darkroom. It is my belief that photographic art encompasses everything from composing and taking the shot through final processing. Getting it 'right' in the camera generally means planning ahead for digital darkroom processing. My Image Notebook blog describes processing details for many of my images.
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