Flatiron Building

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 3 June 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Photography is one of those hobbies where the particular moment in time really matters. When you have a job that is not photography related you need to schedule in some time to pursue your hobby or else you go many months without posting to Aminus3 (I am a guilty of this recently). Unfortunately, even when you schedule some shooting time during the golden hour, weather conditions don't always cooperate for the dramatic pictures that you might be seeking.

Such was the case on 5/31/11 when I set off with my new Olympus E-5 to photograph the iconic Flatiron Building and Madison Square Park area of New York City. It was a humid day with a hazy sky and not a single cloud in sight. Definitely not a recipe for dramatic photos. I did not want to throw in the towel, however, knowing that my schedule will be very busy soon and I won't have the luxury of wandering with camera in hand. Instead, I set out to try and capture some unique angles and maybe focus on things that normally would be missed or forgotten in different conditions.

My fifth Aminus3 posting was of this building back on 12/8/08 seen here. Since the sky was boring I decided to approach this structure from a different perspective and came up with what you see above. I opted to bracket multiple exposures and process as a conservative HDR so that I could get more detail out of the molding in the foreground and not blow out the rest of frame. The 3" articulating LCD on the Olympus E-5 made composing this shot a breeze and not nearly as uncomfortable as it would have been to do on my E-510, hunched over and trying to peer through the viewfinder. I'm excited to continue to use the LCD to help me achieve unique perspectives which previously may have been too much a pain to execute properly.

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