Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category


Saturday, October 11th, 2014


It wasn’t a big week for photography between resting on my laurels after completing the 100 days project and last minute issues with the completion of my new home. I did spot these natty awnings in downtown Medford where I was meeting a friend for dinner and the evening light couldn’t have been more perfect.  I’m seeing a lot of potential for architectural detail photos in old downtown Medford. In post I just added some detail in CEP and a mild painterly treatment in Topaz Impression.

Day 74 – Architectural Abstract

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


I used to beat myself up for not getting out to shoot every day but I am finding that sometimes I am at my most creative when I have to sift through what I have already shot to find something new.  This one is an outtake from a building in downtown Ashland.  I have processed it in a way to highlight the architectural detail which one might not otherwise notice on a white painted building, far above eye level. In post I first did some perspective adjustment using the lens correction filter in Photoshop.  Then I cropped heavily from horizontal to vertical with a specific intention to end up with three arches.  I then took it into Color Efex pro for the usual treatment and then added a film efex vintage filter.  It was scrolling through the options there that brought out the slightly surreal colors.  Finally I slapped a border on it because with all those lines going on I thought it needed one.

Day 54 – Shadow

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


OK, I admit it, I am reaching here.  It’s not so much that I have been lazy as I have been busy doing other things.  So yes, it is time to get out and shoot some new material.  What this ended up being was an exercise in post processing as what compelled me to trip the shutter was the shadow of the gingerbread and I had to work at highlighting that as the main subject.  So I added detail, saturation, warmth, lightened the center and darkened the edges, then added a vignette to darken the edges more and finally added a smart sharpen filter.  Guess I accomplished my goal but I don’t think this one will be going into my portfolio.

Day 52 – Railroad District

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014


I took a stroll through Ashland’s Railroad District yesterday.  In my youth it was the low rent district but now that the trains don’t run anymore it has become quite trendy.  There is still some interesting grunge around if you look hard enough.  I often wonder about the ethics of photographing someone else’s art and calling it my own but in this case I would have photographed the door whether the face was there or not.  The face certainly adds to the image, thank you artist, but the image is not about the face, it is about the door. Post processing included some levels adjustments, sharpening, minimal detail extraction, some increase in saturation and a grungy border.

Day 37 – Ashland Springs

Monday, August 4th, 2014


I didn’t have anything I could use from yesterday’s small amount of shooting so I had to reach back into the archives.  Guess I need to get out and shoot some more.  This is the facade of the Ashland Springs Hotel, a landmark and the tallest building in town.  I had to adjust the perspective, edit out my reflection in the glass door, cropped a little, maybe not enough on the top.  Then into CEP for detail, warmth and saturation and a center highlight over the door.

Day 29 – Rogue River Bridge

Sunday, July 27th, 2014


One of the unsung wonders of the Oregon Coast is the beautiful bridges that were built in the 1930s to connect the coastal towns and complete Highway 101.  This one graces the Rogue River in Gold Beach.  I loved the idea of this image when I took it but the result was kind of ho hum.  It finally occurred to me to try it in Black and White and that did the trick.  I first cropped it a little and added a smart sharpen filter in Photoshop.  Then I took it into Topaz Black and White Effects and used a preset from the brown collection.  Then I added a vignette and a border.  Can’t wait to complete the collection with more pictures of the iconic bridges.

Day – 17 Tree with glass block windows

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014


Here’s another entry in the downtown Ashland architectural detail project.  One of the beauties of this project is that there are buildings from all eras downtown. Though much of downtown was built in the 19th century, this building has the art deco look of the 1930s.

In post processing I had to do some perspective adjustments and cropped to eliminate distracting edges.  In Nik CEP I used detail extractor and a vintage film effects filter.  There are alot of ways I could go with this and I am thinking of going back and doing a black and white treatment with a pop of green.

Day 4 – Hotel

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014


I thought it was time to get out of the garden and since I was downtown to sign some real estate papers yesterday I started experimenting with an idea I have had in mind to shoot architectural detail in downtown Ashland.

This is the Hotel formerly known as the Mark Anthony.  It’s current name is either Lithia Springs or Ashland Springs but since there is one of each in town I cannot yet keep them straight.  In any case, I shot this from the top of a parking garage where I was parked and I didn’t like the perspective too much so I went into the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop to adjust the perspective and then I saw an angle tool and thought “Oh, that might be fun.” And it was.  I think that putting it on an angle gives it more visual interest and all the architectural detail is still there.  I also did a little levels adjustment and added a smart sharpen filter.