Posted on Jan.23, 2010, under Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan

(Olympus E-3, 7-14mm at 40.0 mm (2x crop factor), ISO 100, Exposure 1/320 sec @f/5.6)

It’s been a rough couple of years for the University of Michigan football program, but one of the things which is headed in the right direction is completion of modifications to Michigan Stadium. While I still preferred the stadium when it had a lower profile, I’m getting used to the new look. This shot shows the entrance to ‘Champions Plaza’, which is the main entrance to Michigan Stadium. Each corner of the stadium has a special plaza with customized bricks which have been purchased by fans and alumni as part of a fund raising effort. These plazas were actually built before the current stadium expansion plan.

This particular shot of the stadium was taken in spring of 2008 in the evening. The sun was setting off to the west and it cast a nice glow on the lettering of the gates. I was looking through some images in Lightroom this morning and this one appeared in a collection where I wasn’t expecting it. However, I liked the look of it so here it is. Processing was actually fairly minimal. The sky was already pretty pale so I just enhanced that a bit. I tweaked the contrast a bit on the gates, desaturated the color a little and added a vignette.

Next year the stadium construction will be done. Hopefully the team reconstruction will also show significant progress as well. Go Blue!

Comments and feedback welcome.

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