Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Marching Figures

Building:  ISU campus
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  1:10pm October 30
Composition:  Metal figure art installation.  The figures created a barrier between me and the landscape.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  30mm     f/8     SS: 1/250s     ISO:100

Monday, October 29, 2012

4 Genomes at Sunset

Building:  Molecular Biology
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  6:03 pm-6:07 pm October 29
Composition:  Each corner of Molecular Bio has, a genome poised above it.  I took a picture of each genome from relatively similar angles at the same time on the same day to observe how the sun affects each genome.  Until now, I did not realize that the genomes are the same two statues repeated but with different colors.  I was also impressed by how much the light changes depending on what angle you are looking at it.
Process:  Contrasted in Photoshop to bring out the different sky and lighting conditions for each genome on the building.  Then placed side by side from SW, NW, SE, & SW
Meta Data:  200 mm     f/5     SS: 1/80s, 1/100, 1/125  ISO: 100

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Light Screen

Building:  Delta Dental
Location:  Urbandale, IA
Time:  5:01pm October 28
Composition:  Standing at the end of the building looking between the light screen, which also acts as the sign for the company, and the building itself.  A shadow similar to a corn crib is created in-between these two layers.   It also creates a very unique and visually calming space.
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/4     SS:1/1600s     ISO: 100

Saturday, October 27, 2012

New and Old Library Meet

Building:  Parks Library
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  1:34pm
Composition:  On the left, is a wall of the original Parks Library.  On the right and in the center is the new addition to the library.  I am on axis with the florescent light, which is used as a tool to draw ones eye into the photograph.
Process: none
Meta Data:  18mm    f/4     SS:1/30s     ISO: 100

Friday, October 26, 2012

Teaching Sculpture @ Town

Building:  Outside of Town Engineering
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:27pm October 26
Composition:  Focusing on the details of sculptures connections.  I took the photograph at an angle where the sculpture fills the entire frame to make it look bigger than it actually is.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/4.5     SS: 1/80     ISO: 400

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Retired Stadium

Building:  The Armory
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:26pm
Composition:  Standing in the stands of the original basketball court looking down on the "renovated" studio spaces.  Focus is on the American Flag.  I also really like the wooden catwalk the runs the length of the building.
Critique:  The studio spaces are over exposed.  I really wish the studio spaces properly exposed so that everyone could see what poor condition they are in.
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/3.5     SS: 1/2s     ISO: 100

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Des Moines Capital

Building: Des Moines Capital Building
Location: Des Moines, IA
Time:  11:35am October 24
Composition:  Standing on axis with the front of the building.
Process:  Verticals were straightened is Photoshop
Meta Data: 24mm     f/8     SS:1/250s     ISO: 200

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hixson Lied Staircase

Building:  Hixson Lied Student Success Center
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  6:21 pm October 23
Composition:  Looking at the staircase from an angle which allows one to see what lies underneath the staircase.  This also allows for what is outside of the windows to come through.
Critique:  Right now it looks like the stair case gets truncated on the right side of the photo, stepping back or turning in to the right would make the balcony space visible and show where the staircase leads.
Process:  Straightened verticals in Photoshop
Meta Data:  18mm     f/3.5     SS: 1/50     ISO: 800

Monday, October 22, 2012

College of Design Entrance Detail

Building:  College of Design
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  3:42 pm October 22
Composition:  Using the water, something that is of nature to reflect the concrete wall and aluminum plate, which is something man made.  By rotating it, the photograph gets a central axis with identical images on each side.
Process:  Rotated 90 degrease clockwise
Meta Data:  35mm     f/5     SS: 1/200s     ISO:400

Beardshear Time Lapse

Building:  Beardshear
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  7:15am-6:30 pm
Composition:  Sitting under a tree in front of Beardshear.  Because the day was overcast for the first half, I wanted the tree branches in the shoot to break up the washed out sky.  I was studying how people use the brick space and stairs in front of the building throughout the day.
Critique:  My battery died part way through so that is what caused the jump.
Process:  Used Photoshop to batch edit the photos and then used Time Lapse Assembler to combine the images into a 30fps video.
Meta Data:  40mm     f/16     SS: Auto     ISO: 100  Pictures taken every 20 seconds

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Morrill Hall

Building:  Morrill Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  7:12 pm October 20
Composition:  Standing in the street looking at the building.  The sodium light helps define the curvature of the turret but it also washes out the base of building.  I've always liked the violet lights that turn on at night.  Good night sky.
Critique:  There is a litte vignetting in the photo.  The foreground is a little over exposed and the roof is a little under exposed.  Good candidate for HDR.
Process:  I had to use a long exposure due to the time this shot was taken.  I used photoshop to fix the verticals and horizontals.  Finally, I increased the brightness a little to bring out some detail in the roof.
Meta Data:  26mm     f/4.2     SS: 13s     ISO:100

Friday, October 19, 2012

Food Sciences Walkway

Building: Food Sciences
Location: Ames, IA
Time: 4:18 pm October 19
Composition:  Shot just above floor level.  Camera position allows one to see what is above, below, and to the side in this hallway.  The person gives scale to the photograph.
Process: none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/8     SS:1/10s     ISO: 100

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Black Engineering Staircase

Building: Black Engineering
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  9:59 pm October 18
Composition:  Standing on the platform of the ground floor.  This location tells the viewer that the stairs go up and down.  The stairs and light guide your eye around the photo.  The person gives scale to staircase.  
Critique:  Since the shot was taken at night, the curved glass wall does not illuminate any of the interior.  Since the window faces west, this shot would be a prime candidate for a sunrise shot.
Process:  Increased the exposure by .5 and slightly increased the brightness to bring out the details in the stairs closest to myself.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/3.5     SS: 1/8s     ISO: 400

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lebaron Hall

Building:  Lebaron Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:41 pm October 17
Composition:  I oriented myself along the curving wall.  What this did is disguise the mullions as a wall but as the curve starts to become more pronounced, you realize that it is not a wall, but a series of windows.
Critique:  Today there was a lot of overcast so the interior light coming through the windows is completely diffused.  As a result of the diffused light, the wood ceiling and even the concrete give off a dull color.
Process:  none
Meta Data:  22mm     f/3.8     SS:1/15     ISO:100

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Engineering Skywalk

Building:  Skywalk between Howe Hall and Hoover Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  7:23 pm  October 16
Composition:  I am standing against the north wall of the skywalk, closer to Hoover Hall.  By standing off center, I do not run into the issue of the misalignment between the lights and the duckt work above them, which run down the center of the skywalk.  Also, by standing closer to the wall, the curve of the skywalk becomes more clear.  The curved wall, ceiling, and floor work together to guide your eye into the photograph.  A comment can be made about how the glass wall takes up half of the photograph.  Is the subject of this photograph the glass wall or the walkway?
Critique:  This image would benefit from being taken earlier.  At an earlier time, Howe hall would be visible through the glass of the skywalk and the sky would not appear black in the image.  The earlier time would also allow me to use a faster shutter speed.
Process: Used a tripod to get a shaper image since my shutter speed was so low.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/3s     ISO: 100

Monday, October 15, 2012

Blue Sculpture

Building:  Blue Sculpture
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:40 pm October 15
Composition:  This photograph contains two architectural installations.  The foreground contains a temporary installation of colored string that sites hangs over the stair way.  The second installation is permanent and sits on the lawn in front of the College of Design.  The sky looks good in the photograph.
Critique:  The foreground is a little underexposed. I think the photograph would be better if the colors of the yarn were more vibrant.
Process:  Straightened and cropped in iPhoto
Meta Data:  70mm     f/4.5     SS:1/320s     ISO: 100

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thielen Student Health Center

Building:  Thielen Student Health Center
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  8:30pm October 14
Composition:  Taken from across the street.  The high reflectivity of the facade resulted in a large amount of reflections.  The person on the right gives scale to the building.
Critique:  Because I took the photograph at such a late time, I had to use a higher ISO, together this resulted in a washed out sky.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  30mm     f/4.5     SS:1/30s     ISO: 800

Saturday, October 13, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Building:  St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  4:13 pm October 13
Composition:  The trellises and saw tooth roof draw your eyes across the photograph.  The grass in the foreground hides the pathway.  To me this gives the appearance that the building is in a landscape.
Critique:  I may have been a little low when taking the photograph, as a result, the grass takes up a majority of the foreground and the saw roof of the church gets partially cut off.
Process: none
Meta Data:  32mm     f/4.8     SS:1/320s     ISO:100

Friday, October 12, 2012

State Gym

Building:  State Gym
Location: Ames, IA
Time:  6:38 pm
Composition:  Shot looking up at the skywalk between State Gym and Beyer Hall.  Emphasis was put on the glowing neon text.  There is neon text throughout the building that have motivational words for the people working out.
Critique:  The sky is a little washed out.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/4     SS:1/60s     ISO: 560

Thursday, October 11, 2012

MacKay Hall Auditorium

Building:  MacKay Hall
Location: Ames, IA
Time:  5:37 pm October 11
Composition:  Shot almost on axis from the balcony of the main auditorium.  Class was just getting out, so people are moving around.  The slower shutter speed blurred the people, showing that they are moving.
Critique:  I though the chandelier in this auditorium was more grand... that's why I chose to shoot here.  Obviously, it is not as grand as I remembered.  The degree to which I am off axis so so marginal, that it is bothersome.  I should have either gone way off axis or been directly on axis.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/4.5     SS:1/5s     ISO:100

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wine Sipping Hut

Building:  Meditation Chamber (Owner uses it to sip wine)
Location:  Winterset, IA
Time: 2:43 pm October 10
Composition:  Shot slightly off axis so that I could see the details in the doorway and to better represent the spatial conditions inside of the structure.  I find the location of this structure interesting.  It is backed up against three trees which make viewing areas to the land on around the structure.
Process: None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/8     SS: 1/250s     IS0: 100

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Memorial Union Time Lapse

Building: Memorial Union
Location:  Ames, Ia
Time: 11:45am-12:15pm October 9 2012
Composition:  I was studying how people interact in front of the Memorial Union.  I paid particular attention to the number of people walking by the front door and the people who walk around the fountain.
Personal Critique:  The photo is tilted slightly.  Also, iMovie is not able to play individual photos at 30 frames per second so there are small jumps in movement.
Process:  I used the time lapse feature of my camera to take 2000 photos over the course of 30 minutes.  I then used iMovie to play the 2000 photos at 10 frames per second.  This resulted in the film.
Meta Data: Shot in jpeg format    18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/100     ISO: 100

Monday, October 8, 2012

Howe Hall

Building: Howe Hall
Location: Ames, IA
Time: 6:01 pm October 8
Composition:  By looking up, the photograph accentuates and shows the variety of geometry that is present in the building.  Also, the clouds are amazing!
Personal Critique:  The glare is a little strong on the windows.  The glare makes it difficult to see what is going on inside the building.  Taking this photograph earlier in the day when the sun is on the other side of the building would fix this.
Process: None
Meta Data:  20mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/60s     ISO: 100

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Building: BWR and BLF Archway
Location: Ames, IA
Time: 1:16 pm October 7
Composition:  The way I cropped the photograph makes it appear as if the arches are sitting on a pathway separating hardscape from landscape.  In fact, the arches connect two buildings. I enjoy how the arches act as a barrier between hardscape and landscape.
Process:  Straightened edges and cropped in Photoshop
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/125s     ISO: 200

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Covered Pathway

Building: Pathway USDA Greenhouse
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  10:15 am October 6
Composition:  The trees above the pathway create a space.  The sunlight goes through the trees and illuminates the pathway with dappled light.  The composition is very heavy on the top.  The only indication that this is a path is the absence of greenery.
Process:  No external editing
Meta Data:  45mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/125s     ISO: 250

Friday, October 5, 2012

Coover Hall

Building:  Coover Hall
Location: Ames, IA
Time: 3:24 pm October 5th
Composition:  Standing in the courtyard of Coover.  I was drawn here by the rock chips that sit here.  In this image, the rocks create what appears to be a crumbling surface.  It's interesting to see where two parts of the Original Coover Hall Connect with the new addition.  I plan on taking a night shot from this same location in the future so that the stair case and labs are visible through the windows.
Since this was a cloudy day, I decided to include the sun in the image to give a "burst" to the sky.
Process:  I used the HDR function that is built into my camera to take this image.  While it doesn't work as good as say photoshop in merging images, I really like what it did to the sky.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/800s     ISO: 100

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Campanile

Building:  Iowa State Campanile
Location: Ames, Ia
Time:  4:55 pm October 4th
Composition:  The tree along with the campanile balance the composition of the photograph.  A critique I have for myself is that if I had moved a little more to the right, I could have used the campanile and the tree to frame Curtis Hall better.
Process:  Used Photoshop to straighten the edges of the tree and the campanile
Meta Data: 18mm     f/22     SS: 1/25s     ISO: 100

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gerdin Business Building

Building: Gerdin Business Building
Location: Ames, Iowa
Time: 5:00 pm October 3rd
Composition:  The colonnade creates a space between the building and the landscape.  I like how the columns in combination with the trees create patterns of light on the ground.
Process:  No post editing
Meta Data:  18mm     f/22     SS: 1/20s     ISO 100

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Iowa State University Water Tower

Building: Iowa State University Water Tower
Location: Ames, Iowa
Time: 5:39 pm October 2nd 2012
Composition:  Looking straight up from the base of the main support creates a symmetrical photograph.  I really enjoy the contrast between the larger trusses and the criss crossing cables.  The cables and trusses keep the eye moving around the photograph.
Process:  The only post editing I did was to make sure the main vertical support was in the center of the photograph.
Meta Data: 18mm     f/8     SS: 1/250s     ISO: 200

Monday, October 1, 2012


Building: Beardshear
Location: Iowa State University, Ames IA
Time: 7:22 pm on October 1st
Composition:  Shot off axis.  The pathway on the left leads your eye toward the building.  The two clouds also bring in your eye toward the building.  The building is backlit, which creates the glow that is coming from behind it.
Process:  I bracketed this shot, so one picture was taken at the correct exposure, one image was over exposed, and the third image was under exposed.  I then used Photoshop to merge the three images together.  After merging the three photos, I used photoshop to make the edges of the building vertical.
MetaData: 18mm     f/5.6    SS: 1/3s     ISO:100