Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC  

Renaissance Center and Carousel by Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC

November 2021 - Renaissance Center and Carousel

About the Image(s)

For the past few years I have produced an annual calendar for friends and family. They are desk calendars printed by VistaPrint. I usually get about 60 printed copies and if I time it right I get a 50% discount making the end cost about $2.50 each.

This year's theme is "Icons of Detroit '' and will be produced in balck black and white. This particular view is from a new State Park along the Detroit River which has seen massive changes over the past twenty years.

The reflection of the buildings (The Renaissance Center, AKA General Motors Global Headquarters) caught my eye and I had to get down low to capture the reflection, sky and buildings. It was processed in Photoshop CC. In camera raw I corrected the horizontal and vertical perspective and using a new feature in Photoshop, I selected the sky and darkened it a bit. I also added a slight edge vignette to slightly darken the edges.

10 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bill, perfect image for a calendar: super sharp, great composition, beautiful colors. Interesting contrast from the classic (carousel) and the super modern (Sky scrapers). Would love to see the B&W interpretation to be used in the calendar.
Did you leave the extra empty space bellow the reflection to keep the correct proportion for the printing ??   Posted: 11/08/2021 15:32:27
Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Isaac, I debated on cropping the bottom. I may do it for a square format.   Posted: 11/08/2021 16:45:15

Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Bill, thanks for sharing. To my eye this is an outstanding image and one that I would love to look at for a month on my calendar. I feel that the composition is superb with the rectangular buildings, the near triangular shape of the carousel with the "softer" shape of the tree between. To me the DoF is spot on and the colors realistic. I happen to like the open space at the bottom. Nice Job!   Posted: 11/13/2021 12:32:38

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Bill
It was so worth getting down low to get those reflections and the ripples and movement give a slightly abstract reflection which for me is wonderful,I think the space at the bottom is just right the sky is perfect anyone receiving one of your calenders is in for a treat.
It breaks my heart saying this as an aviation photographer I might consider removing the jet trail mid way up the Carousel to the right.   Posted: 11/13/2021 13:53:49

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Good use of reflections Bill, and I like the contrast between the gentle shape of the carousel and the hard rectangular shapes of the skyscrapers. I like the full space at the bottom, but I would have liked to have seen the rest of the carousel to the left. Maybe you had a good reason for leaving it out. I had to look twice to spot Ian's contrail, but I agree with him that it would be good to remove it.   Posted: 11/17/2021 08:45:50
Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Hi Guy, thank you for your comments. Unfortunately there was a tall art structure obstructing a full view of the carousel. I'll definitely remove the jet contrail in the sky.   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:03:11
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
I thought you had a good reason!   Posted: 11/17/2021 10:44:22

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Guy, I found an iPhone infrared showing the structure on the left side.   Posted: 11/17/2021 11:21:45
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Bill, iPhone infrared ?? Very interesting rendition.   Posted: 11/20/2021 08:02:33

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
A strong calendar contender for sure. The soft heughs of color and mixing the old with the new should create viewer interest. Having Ian's sharp eye, spotting the Con Trail, you now have a strong image.   Posted: 11/19/2021 19:47:38


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