Category: Photographs – Buildings

Sacramento (CA), 921 Building, Angled, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1)

ISO100, 30mm, f/9, 155 sec (2 min 35 sec)
Sacramento (CA), 921 Building, Angled, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1)

An angled view of the Elks Tower – which has an old basement pool! – that was the first composition of the day.  The straight on view posted a few days ago was the last composition of the day.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, patterned metering mode, ISO100, 30mm, f/9, 155 sec (2 min 35 sec) 13-stop ND + C-Pol

Sacramento (CA), 921 Building, Angled, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1). Elks Tower, Sacramento, CA. February 25, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

Sacramento (CA), 921 Building, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1)

ISO100, 18mm, f/9, 612 sec (10 min 12 sec) 16-stop ND + C-Pol
Sacramento (CA), 921 Building, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1)

Thoughts running through my head as I looked for a composition for the historic Elks Tower: Don’t shoot it straight on.  After two compositions holding to that mantra and another of an entirely different building, I came back and shot the building straight on.  So much for the little voice inside my head.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 18mm, f/9, 612 sec (10 min 12 sec) 16-stop ND + C-Pol

Sacramento (CA), 921 Building, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1). Elks Tower, Sacramento, CA. February 25, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

Sacramento (CA), 1001 Building, Trees, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1)

ISO100, 38mm, f/9, 913 sec (15min 13 sec) 16-stop ND
Sacramento (CA), 1001 Building, Trees, Long Exposure Monochrome

The routine for the last couple of months has been to drive downtown on a Sunday and explore.  Exploring means driving to a set of buildings that might have potential and then walking and looking up at the high rises to see if there is an interesting composition.  Then the real challenge begins.  When the conditions are good, it is still a waiting (or rushing) game as I try to time the appearance or disappearance of clouds for the long exposure shot.

Sundays downtown are all about the lack of people.  Sure, there are still some folks on the busier streets, but around government buildings?  I have these places all to myself.  I can take my time and find what about a particular building interests me, compose the shot, and enjoy the relative quiet around me.  I can setup the tripod in the middle of the sidewalk without getting in the way of other people while enjoying the relative sense of calm round me while marveling at the architecture around me – from the Gold Rush-era brick buildings with their now subterranean storefronts, to mid-century utilitarian office buildings, to today’s modern towers.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, spot metering mode, ISO100, 38mm, f/9, 913 sec (15 min 13 sec), 16 stop ND

Sacramento (CA), 1001 Building, Trees, Long Exposure Monochrome (Edit 1). California EPA Building, Sacramento, CA. February 18, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

Sacramento (CA), Glass Tower Panels, Interior Steel Frame

ISO100, 30mm, f/8, 368 sec (6min 8sec) 16-stop ND
Sacramento (CA), Glass Tower Panels, Interior Steel Frame

Well, with the way the sky turned out (really bright!), there really was not a reason to do a long exposure on this composition (which I did).  Maybe, I will pull this into Photoshop in the future and see what clouds can be recovered.  Or maybe I should go another day and see if I can improve on the sky contrast – and get better clouds.

I had a total of 4 composition shots for this building, with the first 3 being relatively unoriginal as they ended up, come to realize, be very similar to others on the web.  For this final composition, I decided to move right next to the glass tower and noticed a view that was new to me.  While the original intention was to convert this image to monochrome, the green tint of the glass should be left alone, at least with this version.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 30mm, f/8, 368 sec (6 min 8 sec), 16 stop ND

Sacramento (CA), Glass Tower Panels, Interior Steel Frame. CalPERS Lincoln Plaza East, Sacramento, CA. February 11, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.