High Contrast Urban Photography

Here’s a new shot I took this weekend and processed using the technique described in Jeff Revell’s Grunge Tutorial. The shot was taken in Houston’s Galleria area at the Williams Tower, the tallest building in Texas. The fountain on the right is one of the most photographed landmarks in Houston so I thought I’d do something a little unusual and got a real close-up with my EF-S 10-22mm lens.

Williams Tower Fountain

Williams Tower and Fountain
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D hand-held, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM at 10mm, f/9.5 for 1/125th of a second at ISO 100 on SanDisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2, Photoshop Elements and Noise Ninja. Click on the image above for a larger version.

I also had an interesting experience during this shoot, one that I’d only read about in the past. As I was setting up my shot a security guard came along and informed me that I was shooting on private property and that tripods were not allowed. I found that curious since the fountain sits in a wooded park open to all the streets surrounding it. There were several other people walking and taking pictures, so I asked him if that restriction was posted somewhere. He again stated that it was private property and that tripods were restricted so I asked how I was to know that if it wasn’t posted. He finally said “I guess you wouldn’t know that” but asked me to “remember it next time”. Luckily, I had already taken forty or fifty shots around the fountain using my tripod so I took the rest hand-held. The guard was polite and courteous, but this was the first time in my 30 years of photography that anyone had objected to my use of a tripod.

I suppose its just a sign of the times.

4 thoughts on “High Contrast Urban Photography

  1. Nice shot Mark. I like your blog. The tripod thing has happened to me on several occasions, usually with very confusing reasons or lack there of. Very frustrating.

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