Peter Hornbostel  

Sprinkenhof by Peter Hornbostel

November 2020 - Sprinkenhof

November 2020 - Peter Hornbostel


About the Image(s)

ISO 100; aperture 8; focal length 31mm; shutter speed 1/125; camera 7D MII

This is the front of Sprinkenhof, a building from 1920’s. Several trading companies have here their headquarters. There are more buildings like that in this quarter of Hamburg, all part of the UNESCO world heritage. It is impossible, to take a picture from the front with a APS-C sensor, so I decided to take only a part of it. Later I saw, that this picture will have more charm being presented in monochrome.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Jim Bodkin   Jim Bodkin
It is great that you corrected the perspective distortion and gave us a truly linear presentation of the symmetrical facade. Good contrast and sharpness throughout the image with the full detail visible. Good architectural image.

  Posted: 11/04/2020 19:16:50

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
This is a fascinating facade of a historical building. I have two suggestions:
1. Can you shoot it at a time of day when the sun makes diagonal shadows across the facade? I think that would give an interesting result.
2. Something about your processing has taken away clarity of the fine texture of the brickwork. I reprocessed and suggest the attachment. Note that I left a slight convergence of the vertical lines to suggest that you are looking up at a tall building.   Posted: 11/04/2020 21:07:57
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Peter Hornbostel   Peter Hornbostel
Hi Stephen. Thank you for your commend. I appreciate your point of view.
1. Of course you can make a lot of different views of this building. As far as I'm in Hamburg, I will try to make it sure to visit the "Kontorhausviertel", means that quarter with all this buildings. Most attractive are the staircases inside, so a visit is a must go. Unfortunately we are definitely not there when the sun will bring this effect. Be sure, I'm longing for this situation!
2. I think, this is another perspective you can follow and has much charme. I try to go a way to simulate, that I have a different position. Normally, like you've documented, you're looking from down to up, so the verticals lines have the right angle. In my case, I tried to avoid this. I think, this perspective is not not real, but makes it more interesting for the watcher. In case of the depth of the bricks I would not follow you; your version is much too bright - I loose the structure of the bricks on the picture.   Posted: 11/05/2020 02:27:29

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
I love images like this. They make for interesting contrast between sameness (brick pattern, window shapes) and difference, the different views inside the windows. Very nicely seen. My only concern is that the leftmost windows are still slightly slanted. It shouldn't be too difficult to line them up against the left edge of the frame.   Posted: 11/12/2020 11:52:21

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Great job is straightening out the original image but I think the image does not have a lot of interest. My suggestion would be to consider, first making all the windows about the same in tonality. Then randomly replace windows throughout the image with a few windows that are darker, some black and some with reflections and so on. Then the viewer's eye will go around the image to view the variations.   Posted: 11/12/2020 20:00:30

Allen Tucker   Allen Tucker
A hypnotic image. The repetitive pattern looks like this building came out of Henry Ford's 1920's auto production line. So different from the modern structures you have shown us.   Posted: 11/13/2020 21:25:59

Sharron Leppien   Sharron Leppien
I adore this image Peter! It has texture, lines running in every direction but with purpose, squares and circles and recurring patterns! Just fabulous! I think an interesting edit to it would be to run a triangle from the top left and bottom left corners near to half way and make that section brighter. It kind of already is brighter in that section so I think if the shadows were removed it could take on yet another interesting facet. Not that it needs it, but, if you wanted to I would like to see it.   Posted: 11/15/2020 22:40:31