I spotted the faded printing on this old building from across a vacant lot and was determined to get as “pure” a shot of it as I could. There were lots of distractions around—vehicles in the parking lot, power poles and lines, etc.—and it took several tries before I found a location that was free of those foreground distractions. But, I have to admit, I do not recall noticing the highrise condominium that is, obviously, a huge background distraction.
Though I’m disappointed in my observational skills, I am still pleased with this image because, in a single photo, I’ve captured a hundred years or more of our city’s history. The old harness supply building is obviously much smaller than its towering neighbor, but it proudly holds its own in a mostly ultramodern downtown area, all the while reminding us of a past that formed the foundation of the city.
Original photo: ISO 200, 1/640 sec @ f/4.5 using a Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens
Post-processing: LR adjustments for camera profile, exposure, and vertical and horizontal perspective; desaturated a copy of the original image and used PS masks and blending modes on two other copies of the original image