Another post, another monochrome photograph. Uh-oh. Third day in a row, I fear! And we are sticking with more architecture from the Berkeley City Club, a building designed by Julia Morgan.
Morgan was influenced by Gothic and Moorish styles for this building. Honestly, I do not really know what Moorish architecture is though Casablanca comes to mind as does the song “Rock the Casbah“.
The photograph here is not exactly what I had in mind when setting up this shot. The hope was for very distinct rays of light coming in from the windows. It probably was not a technical lapse, but rather the wrong time of day, that prevented that vision from being met. The sun was directly shining through the windows. Maybe if the light were more diffuse (indirect sunlight or through fog).
Just from the details in this photo, there are similarities to some of the buildings at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, which Morgan was working on at the same time. If fact, when construction was slow at the Hearst Castle, Morgan would bring the workers, craftsman, and artisan to Berkeley to work on the City Club building.
Previous post from this shooting day:
- Red Barn, Wind Turbines, Long Exposure
- Concrete Stairwell, Natural Light, Long Exposure
- Panes of Glass, Arched Portal, Fall Colors
- Dedicated to Nobler Womanhood, Brick and Concrete Wall
- Abandoned Administration Building, Hercules, Monochrome
- Turtle Doves, Power Lines, Monochrome
- Rosette Windows, Arches, Monochrome
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 19mm, ISO 100, 1.3 sec, f/13
Berkeley City Club, Main Ballroom Doors, Monochrome. Berkeley, California. November 04, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.