Friday, November 30, 2012

Perforated Frame

Building:  Hoover Hall
Location: Ames, IA
Time:  2:04 pm
Composition:   I used the perforated metal sheets to frame a view of Iowa State's campus on the other side.  The perforations are made to only allow so much light through.  When looking at the perforation at the correct angle, you can see through it.
Process:  Straightened edges in Photoshop
Meta Data:  22mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/125s     ISO: 220

Elongated Hallway

Building- Hoover Hall
Location: Ames, IA
Time: 7:58pm
Composition: I positioned myself off center in the hallway so that 1) I could capture what was above the suspended panels and 2) to give some seperation to the columns on the right of the photograph.
Process: none
Meta Data: 18mm F/5.6 SS: 1/100s ISO: 100

Stone Shades

Building: Abersoft
Location:Ames, IA
Composition: I used the sunny 16 rule to photograph this building. I felt this image worked best with a vertical crop.
Critique: I took this image during the middle of the day and as a result there is little shadow on the facade, which results in a flatter image.
Process: Cropped in iPhoto
Meta Data: 18mm F/16 SS: 1/100s ISO: 100

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Building: College of Design
Location: Ames, IA
Time: 6:45pm
Composition: looking down between the atrium wall and walkway.
Process: I used a camera flash to illuminate the space because I did not have a tripod.
Meta Data: 18mm F/4 SS:1/100s ISO: 100

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Metal Explosion

Building:  Gerdin
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  3:24 pm
Composition:  Meta Sculpture behind Gerdin.  Took the shot so that there were many layers to the photograph: foreground, sculpture, building, sky.
Process:  Verticals and Horizontals fixed in Photoshop
Meta Data:  30mm     f/5     SS: 1/320s     ISO: 100


Building:  Gerdin
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  3:20 pm
Composition:  a abstract sculpture outside of Gerdin.  The sculpture on the right is balanced by the building on the left.
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5     SS: 1/200     ISO: 100

Friday, November 23, 2012

Walker Johnson Park Panoramic

Building:  Walker Johnson Park
Location:  Urbandale, IA
Time:  6:11pm
Composition:  Standing atop the tallest point in the park: the observation tower.  While not above the trees, the tower gives a great view of the lake and the open spaces in the park.
Process:  Stitched together in Photoshop
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5     SS: 1/6s     ISO: 400

Colored Houses

Building:  Children's playground at Walker Johnson Park
Location:  Urbandale, IA
Time:  6:09pm
Composition:  Two colored houses sit in  the walkway.  I used the thirds to compose the two buildings in the photograph.
Process:  Increased brightness in post production
Meta Data:  36mm     f/5     SS: 1/6s     ISO: 400

Metal Sea Fish

Building:  Sea Fish Sculpture
Location:  Urbandale. IA
Time:  6:18 pm
Composition:  I used rule of thirds to compose the photograph.  I liked how the sun was reflecting off of the metal.
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5     SS:1/6s     ISO: 1000

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Music Men

Building:  Art installation at Urbandale High School
Location:  Urbandale. IA
Time:  11:58 am
Composition: I was more interested in capturing the shadow that these figure create on the brick wall.  It's hard to see, but there are two types of light/absence of light created by the figures.  The most obvious is the shadows.  The second are high lights created by the acrylic pieces in the chest area of the dancers. 
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/4.5     SS: 1/1000s     ISO:  100

Panelized Entry

Building:   Urbandale Middle School
Location:  Urbandale. IA
Time:  2:26pm
Composition:  Standing on a 'hedge' to get a above the courtyard.  The two people show the scale of the new entry to the school.  I like the reflections happening in the photograph.
Architectural Critique:   I really like the entry to this building.  The blue post is just out of place and looks weird in this setting.
Critique:  I was in a hurry to take this picture and I forgot to move the trashcans/
Process:  Straightened verticals in Photoshop
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/400s     ISO: 100

Day and Night

Building:  Paragon Office Park Entry
Location:  Des Moines, IA
Time:  9:56am and 9:34pm
Composition:  The RDG tower at day and night.  During the day the sun illuminates the tower.  At night, lights illuminate the tower.  The tower represents a focal point in the suburban landscape.
Process:  Stitched together in Photoshop.  Straightened verticals in Photoshop.
Meta Data: 18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/800s     ISO: 100
                    18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/13s     ISO: 10000

Monday, November 19, 2012

Iron Sculpture

Building:  sculpture in median
Location:  Urbandale, IA
Time:  5:48pm
Composition: A series of overlapping structures.  The metal is emerging from the stone.  The contrast of the grass and the metal is what appealed me to this photo. 
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/20s      ISO: 100

Sunset Entry

Building:  Rain and Hail LLC
Location:  Johnston, IA
Time:  5:55pm
Composition:  Photographing close to the ground to put more emphasis on the sky and entry.  The entry appears distorted in the image but it is actually bending upwards which creates the distorted appearance.
Process:  Cropped out the right side of the photo because a bench was partially in the image
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/25s     ISO:100

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Twin Spires Cathedral

Building:  Twin Spires Cathedral
Location:  St. Joseph, MO
Time:  4:23pm
Composition:  Because of the amount of traffic signs, power lines, obstacles, and the height of the building I had to take the the building catty corner to the building to reduce the amount of clutter in the foreground and reduce the 3 point perspective caused by looking up at the spires.
Critique:  The power lines are a little distracting but much better than the many traffic signs that were bent in front of the building.
Process:  I used the Dodge Tool to lighten up the left side of the building.  Because the photo was taken late in the day, the left side of the building was completely in shadow.  The Dodge tool allowed me to bring a lot of the detail back into the image.  Finally, I used Photoshop to straighten the verticals of the building.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/800s     ISO:100

St. Joseph Skyline

Building:  St. Joe from the Corby-Forsee Building
Location:  St. Joseph, MO
Time:  3:14pm
Composition:  Standing atop the tallest building in the city looking south.
Process:  White balanced for daylight (5500k).  Auto-stitched in photoshop and then cropped.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/9     SS: 1/320s     ISO: 100

Illuminated Compounds

Building:  Hach Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  7:28 pm
Composition:  Photographing the illuminated facade of the building at an upward angle.  The photo shows that metal panels make up the wall.  The cut outs that the light is coming through are chemical compounds, which represent the school that occupies this building: chemistry.
Time:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/16s    ISO: 100

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Colored Hives

Building:  None
Location:  Madison County
Time:  3:22pm
Composition:  6 bee hives sitting in a clearing of trees.  Each bee hive is colored based on when the honeycomb needs harvesting.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  52mm     f/8     SS: 1/250s     ISO: 140

Clear story

Building:  Hoover Hall
Location: Ames, IA 
Time:  6:39 pm November 11
Composition:  The balcony looks down over the narrow space I took the photo from.  It creates an interesting space between the curved glass wall and atrium.
Process:  Right column straightened in Photoshop
Meta Data:  18mm     f/2.4     SS: 1/20s     ISO: 100

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Curving Interior

Building:  LeBaron Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:42 pm November 10
Composition:  Standing underneath the lecture hall.  This photo shows the many angles that are around the lecture hall
Process:  Corrected verticals in photoshop
Meta Data:  18mm     f/3.5     SS: 1/20s     ISO: 100

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Residential Repetition

Building:  Maple Residence Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  2:01 November 8
Composition:  Looking at the west facade of the building.  I cropped the photo so that parts of the pattern were cut off to give the feeling of a continuation of the pattern in all directions.  I shot the photo in the afternoon so that the sun would cast shadows on the extrusions.  Had I taken the photo prior to noon or later in the afternoon, there would be little depth in the image.
Process:  Straightened verticals and horizontals in photoshop
Meta Data:  55mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/640s     ISO:100

Thursday, November 8, 2012

College of Design

Building:  College of Design
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  10:42 am  November 8
Composition:  Looking at the building from across the street.  I like how the angled surface is shaded differently then the adjacent facade.  It shows how difference in angle can effect light.  There is also a nice gradation happening on the windows, reflecting the sky.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/2.4     SS: 1/1000s     ISO: 100

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Atrium Staircase

Building:  Coover Hall (New Renovation)
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  1:51pm  November 7
Composition:  Looking at the relationship between the interior renovation and the older brick section that is outside.
Critique:  The sky is over exposed and there is a little to much glare on the glass railing.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS:1/15s     ISO: 100

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sunset over the Pavilion

Building:  The King Pavilion
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:07PM November 6
Composition:  Looking at The King Pavilion at sunset.  I think the question can be asked, what is the subject? The building or the sunset?
Critique:  Today I forgot my camera so I had to rely on my iPhone to take the picture.  As a result there is some noise in the photograph due to the low light setting.  Also, the interior is slightly overexposed
Process:  none
Meta Data:  18mm     f/2.4     SS:1/20s     ISO: 400

Monday, November 5, 2012

Radiating Light

Building:  Seasons Marketplace
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  5:40pm November 5
Composition: The light is illuminating the bricks around it.  The light is catching the staggering of the brick, which is causing the mini shadows.  This photo also shows how light radiates from the photographed fixture.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  18mm     f/4.5     SS:1/80s     ISO: 400

Rounded Corner

Building: Stephens Auditorium
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  6:56pm November 4
Composition:  Looking up at the corner of the roof at sunset.  The gradation of light somewhat reveals the curve of the roof.
Process:  none
Meta Data:  55mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/125s     ISO: 320

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Empty Court

Building:  Hilton Colosseum
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  7:59pm  November 3
Composition:  Looking onto the court after a volleyball victory.  Fans can be seen leaving the stadium.
Critique:  I could have positioned my self better so that the black nylon of the net was not against a black curtain.
Process:  I used a high ISO and over exposed the image to get the court in proper exposure.  Something about the bright lights in the stadium caused my camera to underexpose shots.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/640s     ISO:  5000

Revolving Doors

Building:  Hoch Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  11:50 am November 2
Composition:  The open doors direct your eye towards the left of the photo, deeper into the space.
Process:  Cropped out some people on the left of the image.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/5.6     SS: 1/250     ISO: 100

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ornamental Staircase

Building:  Beardshear
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  4:32pm November 1
Composition:  Looking on access with the stairs.  I relied on the diffused light from the stained glass to light the scene.  The photo allows you to see what is below and in front of the camera.  The stained glass also gives a cool color to a building that is often flooded with bright yellow lights.
Process:  I bracketed this shot with -2,0, & +2 shutter speed.  This allowed me to remove a majority of the yellow light from the round spheres.  After HDRing the three images together, I used a soft eraser to bring out the details in the ceiling, stained glass, and floor opening.
Meta Data:  18mm     f/3.5     SS: 1/5s     ISO: 100

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Reflected Sky

Building:  Hoch Hall
Location:  Ames, IA
Time:  4:45pm October 31
Composition:  Typically during the day, the interior is darker than the exterior. This difference makes windows act as mirrors when viewed from the exterior.  By showing the sky and the building, I show a relationship between the two.  The reflection in the windows strengthens this connection.
Process:  None
Meta Data:  55mm     f/8     SS: 1/250s     ISO: 100