I am often fascinated by contrasts in building architecture. I captured this image that shows several decades of difference in building architecture. The foreground 20 story building is the Wisconsin Gas Building completed in 1930 and the background is the 42 story US Bank Center (originally First Wisconsin) completed in 1973. Taken with D700, 28-300mm lens at 65mm, ISO 800, f/20, 1/250s.
This image (along with another I submitted) was recently selected by my camera club's Board of Directors to be hung along with the work of other photographers in various clubs at City Hall in Milwaukee between October 25 and November 27th. I just got the framed large size print back from the framing house, it really looks great for the architectural exhibit.
Wed 03-Oct-12 09:41 AM | edited Wed 03-Oct-12 09:43 AM by jdroach
Thank you for the nice comment! We can certainly hope. I have been researching & learning a little about iStock photography. Wow, that seems like a "rat race." I guess I just would like someone to do like last time (a year ago) and see an image of mine and not just look, but actually say, "I want to get that!" That is a lot easier. We can always wish. I guess if I had to make a living at it, it would be different story and I would be pushing hard to shoot even more and make different sellable images not just what I want to photograph. This one might fall in both categories (be what others want and what I like to shoot), though. So glad you like it.
Ah yes, the young and the old. The 1930 building has definite character which the 1973 building totally lacks. I've heard these modern office buildings described as giant filing cabinets for human beings which description seems to fit the newer building to a tee.
I've read where the 28-300 has an annoyingly high level of image distortion. I'd be reluctant to use it for architecture photography, but you seem to have distortion under good control here although a bit of vertical perspective correction would help to straighten up these buildings which are leaning slightly inward. I'd also be reluctant to shoot at f/20 where diffraction becomes an issue.
Being in Wisconsin have you visited and photographed any of the many Frank Lloyd Wright creations in that state like Taliesen in Spring Green, the Johnson Wax building in Racine, or the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee?
Thanks for your comments. I did a slight perspective adjustment which included some (very minor vertical, horizontal, and distortion adjustment}, but elected to keep it pretty much the way I framed the two buildings in in the camera. Someday, I will invest in a PC lens but for now I will focus on what is reasonable. Frankly, I don't see any offensive diffraction but will keep that in mind....that is an area that I probably don't know what to look for most of the time.
I have not been to Taliesn, Johnson Wax (many years ago I visited it but didn't photograph there) or the Greek Orthodox Church. I have visited numerous other old churches and buildings.
I visited about 20 of the builidings on the list during the week-end of the event. It is a long list of fine buildings to see in around the great Milwaukee area. I am keeping the list to peck away at over time. Here is one I will be touring in more detail December -- St. Josepaht Bascilica I got this one afternoon while attempting to avoid street clutter, but it could have been better with another lens, too:
Wow! That's quite a long list of buildings to work through. That should keep you busy for a long time. I note that the historic Pabst Brewery is on the list. I remember my chemical engineering class at Northwestern taking a tour through that plant way back in the 1950's. We labelled it our "research project."
I think it might have been Thom Hogan who I saw mention on his website that diffraction starts being a factor with the D700 once you close down beyond f/16.
I just went to Thom Hogan's website to look at his review of the D700. Here's what he says: "Diffraction softness sets in near f/16."
It's much worse with the D800. There Thom reports seeing clearly visible diffraction at f/5.6 and fully recorded diffraction at f/8 or above. Ouch! if you're a landscape photographer, but no sweat if you're a sports shooter.
Thank you for the nice comment. Sorry about delay in response. I was in New Mexico with other Nikonians all of last week on ANPAT 12. Just getting back and catching up on emails and subscription notices. It always good to know someone like ones work. Thanks again. The best.