Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

Horton Plaza by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

February 2021 - Horton Plaza

February 2021 - Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This is an 2013 color image that I decided to try in Mono converting it in Lightroom now. Taken at the Horton Plaza shopping center in San Diego with a Canon 7D and Tamron 18-270 lens from a 2nd story balcony that is close to this building. This lens was marginal, wider is better. In color this was processed to remove the San Diego skyline and replace it with a sky. Shot at ISO320, 18mm, f/8.0.

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11 comments posted

Don York   Don York
A great choice of shooting angle. The wedge is most impressive with all the decorative artistic touches.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:02:59
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
The first time we were there, they had flags hanging from the flag pole holders that you can see in this shot. I was disappointed at the time that the flags were not in place. I later decided the shot is probably better without them. If you go there may be flags. This is a well worthwhile place to go if you are in San Diego.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:55:17

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The well-placed point of view greatly enhances this image. I like the illusion of a reflection made by the lower story of the building.   Posted: 02/06/2021 11:13:07

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hi Stan,
This is an impressive architectural shot. I see that both your finished monochrome and original color shots display the verticals with no parallel convergence. How did you manage that? Did you have a lens with a riser or did you alter the perspective in post-processing?   Posted: 02/07/2021 18:11:42
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
With the viewpoint being half way up the building and the camera horizontal, I would expect to see it too. But the depth is considerable compared to the height, so perhaps that explains the lack of apparent perspective?
  Posted: 02/09/2021 17:20:52
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Ah, I see. Shooting from a half-way-up-the-building viewpoint and the building not being too tall explains it. Thanks.   Posted: 02/09/2021 17:49:33
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
I was away and didn't want to answer from my cellphone. Stuart beat me to this. Yes, the camera is being held level about 1/2 way up the building. There is no perspective shift in the original capture. This a very interesting building with a balcony on a passageway in the mall across from just far enough away to get this shot with a moderately wide angle lens.   Posted: 02/09/2021 18:50:13

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Much better in mono! Very interesting. My only comment would be, how about blurring or toning down the words on the left?   Posted: 02/09/2021 17:21:53

John Roach   John Roach
Beautiful image with wonderful tones, interesting perspective and excellent depth of field to minimize, in my opinion, any surrounding distractions (that monochrome does that better then the color version) so that the view focuses on the building and yet sees it in context with its surroundings. Very well done.   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:20:52

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
My first impression also was that of a reflection.

I prefer the monochrome for the previously mentioned technical and aesthetic reasons. I think it's an excellent image.   Posted: 02/16/2021 11:26:50

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
A beautifully photographed, unique, triangle building. You prompted me to research both the architect, Jon Jerde, and the story of the mall itself. Built in 1985, on 6.5 city blocks, controversial design for a mall yet busy and successful. But gradually its anchor stores closed, then most of the others. Demolition began in May 2020 to make way for a tech center. You have preserved it in this wonderful photo which I like in both color and monochrome.   Posted: 02/25/2021 15:35:34