Cyndy Doty  

Basket Weave Building by Cyndy Doty

November 2020 - Basket Weave Building

November 2020 - Cyndy Doty


About the Image(s)

Canon 5DM3, EF28-135 lens at 28.0mm; 1/320 sec; ISO 400
This is the Police Department building in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. I liked the “basket weave” effect on the building, complimented by the sharp angle of the front. The lower mosaic tile face is a nice offset to the horizontal; and vertical lines. It was a sunny day in Sunny Isles, but the conversion to black and white gives the image more drama, to my mind. I like the juxtaposition of the fluffy background clouds against the rigid straight lines of the building.
Converted to B&W, and played with tonalities a bit

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

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I think your subject matter is a wonderful piece of architecture, and your image of it elevates it considerably. Your black and white rendition of the building and curved wall are perfect: a complete range of tones, very sharp, great angle.
However, everything else in the image (personal opinion here) detracts from that perfect architectural image: the clouds that you like (sorry!), the flag poles, the trees, the other buildings. If you are taking my idea, and approve, can you go back and stand somewhat into the frame and shoot only this fine building and process a final image in the same way?
What do you think? Ignore my analysis if you don't agree.   Posted: 11/04/2020 22:44:35

Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Stephen - Thank-you for your ideas, I will have to try it again!   Posted: 11/05/2020 05:54:24

Sanford Morse   Sanford Morse
I thought it was great as is, particularly the conversion the B&W, and I agreed with your own self critique,then I read Stephan comments. It's certainly worth another try.   Posted: 11/08/2020 12:48:32
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Sanford, we'll see, when ETA passes...   Posted: 11/09/2020 06:00:23

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Very nice picture Cyndy. I think the building is really interesting with the lines in the building and windows. The flag and light poles draw your eye through the photo. I do agree the B&W adds more drama.
  Posted: 11/10/2020 20:31:17
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Jay - Thank-you!   Posted: 11/11/2020 06:44:54

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
This is a great image Cyndy. I love the fact that our photography is always so diverse and subjective. I fully understand what Stephen is saying and where he is coming from and I always appreciate his visits and thoughts. Please remember you were the only one there at that particular moment and are aware of the circumstances. Personally, I like this images as you have taken, processed and presented it. I have no idea of what equipment and lenses you carry at any moment. If you were to step closes to the building to eliminate alleged distractions such as flagpoles, other buildings etc, I feel you would then have to tilt your lens up to get the whole building, and then you would have issues with the verticals of your subject building. Of course a PC lens or processing skills may assist you correct that. I also believe that those other things around the building give a sense of life to the image. Cities and streets always have signs of life and activity. So I give this one full marks, just the way it is. And B&W works a treat.   Posted: 11/17/2020 17:23:45
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Ian- Thanks, so much   Posted: 11/26/2020 08:32:47

Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
Cyndy, I looked at this image a long time and do think it is wonderful in black and white. The only thing I kept coming back to was the very white fluffy cloud. My eye kept going there since I think it is the brightest object in the images. I was just wondering if that was toned down just a bit, my eye would follow the leading lines up the building - which is so cool. The composition and the contrast in this image are well done.   Posted: 11/19/2020 13:57:56
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Heidi - Many thanks, I do see your point, and should have caught time   Posted: 11/26/2020 08:31:51

Jorn Holm-Pedersen   Jorn Holm-Pedersen
A great image Cyndy and the choice of B/W is perfect.   Posted: 11/21/2020 09:22:28
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Jorn - Thanks, so much   Posted: 11/26/2020 08:30:59

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I like your eye on this image Cyndy and I think a little cropping could get rid of the distractions (see attached). The cloud for me is what ties all the lines together and brings out a tonal contrast as a background piece. By cutting off the buildings at the left you are left with vertical lines from palm tree trunks and flag pole and supports columns on the building behind. The US flag adds more lines. The foreground contrast of the arched wall is wonderful as a leading line. Of course, the choice of b&w is excellent.   Posted: 11/21/2020 10:33:23
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Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Trey - Thank-you for the great crop - I like it!   Posted: 11/26/2020 08:30:38

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
(Group 28)
Cindy, I want to thank you for posting the beautiful single tulip in the showcase. The image is wonderful!   Posted: 11/23/2020 07:43:27
Cyndy Doty   Cyndy Doty
Wanda - Many thanks, it is one of my favorites.   Posted: 11/26/2020 08:29:51