Architectural Photography–Towering Sky

Creative architectural photography image of architectural detail of building in Atlanta, GA

Architectural photography has always been one of my great interests. Capturing the essence of what an architect was envisioning when a plan was created can be challenging in a number of ways. Architectural photography requires you to take perspective into account as well as surrounding distractions as you attempt to create the image.

The Story

Pictured above is another SunTrust Bank building in downtown Atlanta. As much time as I’ve spent around their facilities one might think I was stalking them! They occupy some fantastic looking architecture in Atlanta. In studying this building, I was really intrigued with the patterns created by the blocks in the building. I envisioned a dramatic black and white image utilizing those patterns and the clouds above in the final product.

Equipment and Processing

This image was taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fuji 18-55mm zoom lens. After importing it into Lightroom for some minor adjustments I exported it to Photoshop where I applied a motion blur filter to the clouds to add some drama. I then converted the image to black and white using Silver Efex Pro. Some minor dodging and burning to retain detail in the building and it was finished.


© 2013, The F/Stop Guy: Towering Sky

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Credit: Ken Rowland
  • Camera: X-Pro1
  • Taken: 23 December, 2012
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/900s
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  1. Mark Summerfield January 24, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    Another great B&W, Ken. This shot is all about the graphic lines of the building and the contrast between the solid building and the moving clouds. Any color would have distracted the viewer from seeing the real essence of this great image.
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  2. Mark Neal January 24, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Great image, Ken. The textural contrasts are incredibly appealing.
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  3. Simon January 25, 2013 at 4:20 AM #

    Very nice!

  4. Steven Perlmutter January 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

    Really digging this shot Ken. The contrast of the building against the blurred clouds is awesome.
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  5. Mike Baker January 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

    Nicely captured. The repeating elements phase in and out, creating interesting patterns.

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