Posted on Oct.11, 2012, under Ann Arbor

(Nikon D700, 16-35mm @ 16mm, Exposure 1/640th sec @ f/11, ISO 200)

The image above shows the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on the medical campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I was in the area to visit the “Grand Reopening” of my old dorm so I was prepared to take some architectural shots with my wide angle lens. As I walked by the hospital I looked up and thought this would make for an interesting shot. I lucked out with the clouds. I’ve shot this building several times but it always seems I want to shoot it when the sky is clear. A clear sky can be dramatic, especially when converted to black and white, but sometimes it’s nice to have some texture in the sky.

Originally I processed the image for color. In Lightroom I adjusted the contrast, increased the clarity and made the image a bit more dramatic than the out of camera shot seen below. Of course I had to try a black and white conversion. I used Silver Efex Pro 2 to do the job. I started with the default preset and made a few adjustments to the contrast. I then played with the sensitivity sliders to get the tonality that I wanted.

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Copyright ©2012 James W Howe – All rights reserved

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