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Eye of the Staircase


A view of a staircase.

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This is another impromptu shot from my quick stop at ASU.  While cutting through campus I passed by this parking garage with a spiral staircase.   Sensing a shot I pulled over to take a look. The first thing I thought was, man I wish I owned a fisheye.  After pondering that for a few seconds I grabbed some brackets.

When I started processing this one I wasn’t sure the direction to take.  This staircase did not have the extreme depth like you find in a grand hotel or other tall building.  Hmm.  The one area I did want to focus on or actually blur was the outer railings.  Since they were in the foreground and larger I wanted to blur them slightly and focus attention to the “eye” of the picture.   A little soft radial blur and mission accomplished.

Like most photogs I generally carry my camera with me at all times in hopes of capturing that next prize winning photo.   While these images from ASU may not win a prize, they still give me justification for lugging that old camera gear around.  I’ll take it.

Until next time…

Processing info: shot with a Canon 40D, Tamron 17-35mm zoom, Lightroom 3, CS4, Photo Tools 2.6 and Photomatix 4
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The Lattie Coor building on the campus of Arizona State University.

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Today’s image comes from an area I haven’t really explored that much, the campus of Arizona State University.  Which is pretty crazy considering I got my master’s degree from ASU.  The problem lies in the fact that I never set foot on campus for a class.  All of mine were done online or through a microwave link.

The building itself is Lattie F Coor Hall.  It is home to several different areas of study.  A brief overview of the building can be found here.

My schedule did not allow me to “explore” this gem at the time I shot it.  I just happened to be in the area running errands and thought I would swing by and take a look.  On top of that my 2 children were with me and heaven forbid dear old dad stop and take pictures of a stupid building.  Bribery was called upon to soothe the savages so I could at least get a few brackets.

There are lots of unique features to this building, but what caught my eye was the reflection of the word Explore on the outside glass.  A very nice touch by the architects.   I kept the processing to a minimum with this image.  The cobalt blue and glass etchings sort of took care of themselves.   I did try a b&w look and decided color was better.

I’m looking forward to going back when I have more time and a better hour in the day (this was shot around 1pm, gasp, I know).  Hopefully with a better sky than our traditional cloudless blue we have here in Arizona.

Until next time…


Processing info: shot with a Canon 40D, Tamron 17-35mm zoom, Lightroom 3, CS4, Photo Tools 2.6 and Photomatix 4

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Under Lock & Key

A brick wall with a broken window that is padlocked with a chain.

You ever have one of those shots where you are not sure where to begin the “style post processing part”?  For me this is one of those images.

I found myself going round and round on what to do with it.  At first I was convinced black and white would be the way to go.  None of those seem to feel right.   The boarded up plywood just refused to be in monochrome.  So I hit the reset button more times than I can count.

After several iterations  I settled in on the current incarnation.  I’m still torn on who the star of this photo is, the crazy paint peel or the contrast of the plywood against the brick.

Perhaps the stage is big enough for both…

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