Don Hill  

Saleforce Tower by Don Hill

June 2022 - Saleforce Tower

June 2022 - Don Hill


About the Image(s)

I was walking under the facia of the second tallest building west of the Rockies, in San Francisco (the tallest is in Los Angeles and is 30 feet higher), when the sun darted between two buildings. I shot the image with my Nikon with a 28mm lens at ISO 100, at f11 at 1/125 shutter speed. I opened the image in Adobe Camera Raw and took out all the color info, adjusted all the sliders, then added back the colors I needed and adjusted the image in curves. I opened the image in PS and then in DXO Color Efex and made sure the tonal range was where I wanted it. I then reopened the image in ACR and picked a black and white profile in Presets and then did my cropping and added a vignette. I don’t think the original image was all that colorful, so making it black and white was not a hard decision. I felt this image was abstract enough that a dark mood would work okay. Because I am not sure about the image, this submission is a total learning experience for me, so let me know what you think.

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

Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Don,
Thank you for sharing.
I do not have good experience on this kind of images so my comment might be irrelevant. I think your cropping was successful and the composition works for me.
2 points;
1. the sun rays are bit too much in my eye. I was wondering if you could reduce the number of rays.
2. I would like to see more details of the reflections on the left building. Currently it is too dark to see the details. You might want to open the shadow a bit.
  Posted: 06/07/2022 20:01:07

Tevor Harvey   Tevor Harvey
Hi Don, this image shows that I don't look up often enough to find images. I love the graphic nature of the mono and the conversion. The sun and rays stand out a lot more in the mono but I like it.   Posted: 06/07/2022 23:34:43

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
I like the abstract approach you have chosen. The conversion into B&W is very well done. My only suggestion is to use the gradient tool to darken slightly the lower part so you get a tonal symmetry to the top and more attention to the middle area.   Posted: 06/12/2022 04:32:32

Don Hill   Don Hill
Hey Arne, That is a great idea. I have been looking at, and playing with the gradient filter in Adobe Camera Raw. I did not try it on this image, but I will. Thanks.   Posted: 06/15/2022 14:07:02

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87 & 92)
Hello, Don! Yeah, this is really a very good transformation to a dark, bold composition! The structure (placement of the sun glare and buildings) is wonderful!

The super bright glare juxtapose to the deep blacks is key in creating a lot of interest in this scene. I often look to the sun to add an abstract "prick", if you will, to many of my Intimate with Nature series of work.

Beautiful work!   Posted: 06/28/2022 07:26:34

Dick Knudson   Dick Knudson
Like all others, I appreciate your ability to see this opportunity in the field and to take it to monochrome. The monochrome image has graininess in the sun and the screen. Initially, I liked the grittiness, but not so much, as the buildings' lines are clean by nature. I see that the color version is softer than the monochrome; perhaps some over-sharpening occurred.   Posted: 06/30/2022 16:47:40