Don Hill  

SF buildings by Don Hill

March 2023 - SF buildings

March 2023 - Don Hill


About the Image(s)

This image was made early in the morning in the Financial District downtown San Francisco. This image shows the contrast of different types of architecture in the City, and also I liked this because I could feel the warmth from the sun. The image had many challenges and I am mainly posting it to get some feedback from the group about the textures and tones. I thought it was cool that you can see into the windows in the offices and one of my regrets is that I could not do anything with the patch of sky. This is sort of heading into the “abstract” direction, so please let me know what you think.

The image was taken with my Nikon with an 80mm lens at ISO 100, Shutter speed 1/125 at f11. Post processing involved Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop, Nik Collection, and Topaz DeNoise AI.

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6 comments posted

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
(Group 36)
You are on the right path in your architecture photography. The play with light and shadows is important. Post-production is maybe more important than capturing the image. In practical terms, I suggest making the upper line parallel to the edge. The vertical lines are fine. I would also use the gradient tool to make darker and lighter areas. Darken from the bottom and up to the middle of the lower buildings. Also make some of the dark areas lighter and the dark darker. Wish you good luck!   Posted: 03/07/2023 12:33:42
Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Arne, thanks for the comments. I will try your suggestions.   Posted: 03/23/2023 13:15:34

Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Don - I feel the textures here are amazing - great capture of the light effect. I would like to see the left side of the roof trim (on the right-hand building) made the same shade as the right side. I believe the entire image could be lightened just a TINY bit. For me, the crispness of the focus throughout is wonderful. I would not worry about the grey sky because its shade kind of balances the bright left foreground building.
-Melissa   Posted: 03/10/2023 16:43:45
Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey, Melissa, Thanks for the kind words. I agree the image can use a little brightness. The sun was very bright and I shot is early so the shadows were much more harsh. Thanks again.   Posted: 03/23/2023 13:11:41

Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
Don, I love the crop of the image. The exposure and detail in the original was excellent but I believe your treatment and crop has moved the entire image up a level again and increased the impact.   Posted: 03/11/2023 04:04:03
Don Hill   Don Hill
Thanks Trevor. Your comment was very encouraging. I will keep working at it.   Posted: 03/23/2023 13:14:20