Posted on Feb.11, 2013, under Architecture

(Nikon D800, 28-300mm at 68mm, Exposure 1/400 sec @ f/4.8, ISO 100)

This shot of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, Illinois was taken on a late sunny winter’s day. The sky was still a deep blue which created a nice background for the building. I took several shots, most in a ‘normal’ orientation, but then I decided to capture just a section of the building on an angle. I debated about whether to just work with the color version of the image, but after I experimented with black and white I decided that was the direction to go. Processing was mostly accomplished in Photoshop via Silver Efex Pro 2. The first thing I did was darken the sky by reducing the blue sensitivity. The building had a lot of blue in it as well, so I added several control points to bring back some exposure to some of the darker areas. The only thing I’m a little unhappy with is the loss of the distinctive ‘bands’ of windows that you can clearly see in the color version. I think the only way I could highlight the bands in a black and white version would be to make the building much brighter overall and keep the bands dark. I might experiment with that, but I also like the dark look of the building so I might just sacrifice the bands.

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  • I think the B&W treatment is definitely the roue to go with this image. The color one, admittedly not fully processed, does not have anywhere near the impact of the monochrome.
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  • John Barclay says:
    While I really like the content of the image a lot…. I’m curious, why have you put this building on its side? I realize its a graphic, abstract design but I still know it a building… and for me I’m struggling with it a bit for that reason…
    • James Howe says:
      I shot this building at the end of the day walking around Chicago. I did several ‘normal’ perspective shots of buildings including this one. I just decided to have a little fun and try one on an angle. I have a similar shot of the clock tower of the Wrigley Building. Just wanted something a little more dynamic.

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