The other day, I went out to shoot a building both as a challenge and to demonstrate some of the advanced methods of capture and processing I use. The morning was flat and cool with just a hint of some blue sky. This is what a "normal" photo looks like taken with conditions "as is."
First of all, architectural photography has almost gone full circle in terms of capture techniques. As we used to do with film, we're now taking a variety of exposures to not only find the optimal exposure and color balance but to be able to blend exposures together.
In this case, 6 images were used to combine elements of the sky, building, and foreground.
Following the process of combining the images, I put the image through two other software plug ins where we add contrast, reduce digital noise, selectively sharpen, enhance just the green foliage, and add a reflector effect to slightly warm up elements of the image. Here's the final result!
Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it and see its detail and resolution:
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