Knox Heritage is sponsoring a photography contest with the subjects being buildings that are at least 50 years old in a certain section of old town. I decided to go out today and see what I could come up with. I took HDR brackets for everything just in case, but it turned out that in most cases I didn’t need to. So far, I’ve come up with on shot I might submit and another one that I like though I’ll have to read the rules to see if it would even be eligible. Probably not, but again, I like it.
First up, the one I might submit. Click on it to see it full size.
I’m reasonably happy with it with a couple of exceptions. First, the sides of the buildings are cropped pretty tight, but that was a necessity to apply perspective correction and keep the building from leaning. Also, you can’t see the bottom of the building but that was because I chose to shoot from the Gay Street Viaduct and there is a two story building between my camera and the street. I did that to have less perspective correction rather than shooting at street level from right in front of the building and asking Photoshop to twist and stretch things to look sort of straight. I think it was the right call. I just don’t know if the judges will agree. I guess there is one other thing. My Photoshop skills aren’t quite up to removing the street light. I might try it on a copy of the photo in a few days.
Here’s the other one. Again, click to see full size.
Can you guess the name of this building? When I was walking past, I liked how I could see into the top floor windows and see the skylight on the other wall. Unfortunately, I guess I wasn’t lined up quite in the middle of the sign so it looks a little off to me. On the other hand, had I been perfectly lined up, I’m not entirely sure I’d have been able to see the skylight through the window which is what drew me to it in the first place. This final image is a combination of processing the original image two different ways. The building was run through the spicify filter in Topaz Adjust which did really do a great job of bringing out details in the brickwork. The sky was also processed with Topaz Adjust though I can’t remember now which filter/setting.