Posted on Apr.21, 2011, under Architecture

(Nikon D700, 16-35mm at 18mm, ISO 200, 7 Exposures @ f/8.0)

The old post office in Saginaw, Michigan is known as the ‘Castle’ post office, with good reason. It was built at a time when the government was trying to build government buildings which reflected the history of the area in which it was built. Saginaw was founded by French Voyageurs so the post office was built in the style of a French chateau. The program didn’t last long. It was scrapped after the first building because it was too expensive. Saginaw did get a nice post office out of the deal, however.

The finished image was created in several steps. It started with combining 7 hand held exposures into one HDR image using Photomatix. I then used some of the HDR actions in PhotoTools to give the image a darker and warmer look. I used Silver Efex Pro to increase contrast and detail by increasing the structure in the image, but I used the luminosity blending mode to keep the color. Finally I cropped and added a bit of a vignette using Lightroom.

Let me know what you think, or leave any questions you might have below.

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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