2023-03-21 Architecture Detail

This challenge is about capturing the essence of a structure. It can be a detail that is iconic for a particular building or structure. It can be a true building or structural elements of an art installation. Detail can be minute or much larger in scale as long as it characterizes the building or structure. This could also be a good follow-up on our “Abstract” theme.

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29 Responses to 2023-03-21 Architecture Detail

Henri says:
2023-03-27 at 12:48 am
SAIT is a great place for architectural detail. I went out this afternoon and found the place pretty well deserted. This image was assembled from 3 vertically spaced images, stitched in Photoshop

Frankie says:
2023-03-27 at 3:45 am
I went up to SAIT too! Nice image of that cool building. I shot the gargoyles on Heritage Hall but not happy with them.

Henri says:
2023-03-27 at 12:50 am
Colorful panels make for a nice abstract

Frankie says:
2023-03-27 at 4:37 am
Another house goes down on our street in Hillhurst. The architectural detail in the foreground is all that’s left of the homemade stone facade, which also featured a 4′ pink rock roughly shaped like a heart. During an open house years ago I found out most of the living room was taken up by a pond with a bridge over it. It wasn’t pretty, but at least it was unique!
ISO 100, 28 mm, f/6.3, 1/125 sec

Frankie says:
2023-03-27 at 9:46 pm
I went back to the gargoyles at SAIT this morning when I saw it was snowing to try to get a more interesting shot. I didn’t like my closeups. More context this time with the 1921 date showing, branches in the foreground and snow.

Heritage Hall is apparently an excellent example of Collegiate Gothic architecture, found on campuses all over North America, and the only building of its type in Calgary. I couldn’t find out much about the gargoyles online, but in my closeups they look like terracotta (poorly repaired), the same as the Royal Doulton eel I have from the old Herald building that I was lucky to snag at a silent auction at city hall in the early 1990s.
ISO 1600, 70 mm, f/8, 1/250, ev 0.67 (oops, should have changed that to 0 in the gloomy light.)

Frankie says:
2023-03-27 at 10:23 pm
I forgot to mention the gargoyle opposite this Indigenous man surveying the landscape is a surveyor looking through a theodolite.

Henri says:
2023-03-29 at 1:44 pm
Amazing how the eye hones in on the facial features of the gargoyle and relegates all other shapes to secondary importance even though they are brighter and more dominant.

Frankie says:
2023-03-30 at 7:55 pm
Interesting observation! That might be why it didn’t bother me that the gargoyle was so close to the centre of the photo.

judi says:
2023-03-28 at 1:15 pm
On a trip to Innisfail, we stopped at the Field and Forage Gastro Pub for lunch. This is an image of the patio fence which was attached. It was a blue sky day and the sun was shining on the metal furniture behind the fence. I cropped the photo to capture the wheat portion of the fence and enhanced the colour a bit.

Henri says:
2023-03-29 at 1:35 pm
I like the way you cropped this image Judi. A pleasing balance between dark and bright. Your exposure is just right for the background rather than the dominant dark foreground. Did you consciously change your exposure in-camera for this effect or did you make this adjustment with software afterwards?

judi says:
2023-04-01 at 10:19 pm
Thanks Henri – I made my adjustments with software. I’m not quite there yet with making too many adjustments with my camera – but I’m sure this will come with time.

della says:
2023-03-29 at 8:48 pm
At the U of C Macewan centre, I like the curves and vibrant colour of the corner,
ISO 100 9mm f4.0 1/100

Henri says:
2023-03-30 at 9:20 pm
Interesting architectural elements and colours. Orange, Yellow and Blue. The orange and yellow circle balance the left of this image. An interesting composition. However not restful for my eyes.

della says:
2023-03-29 at 8:50 pm
I also like the reflections on the ceiling.
ISO 100 f4/0 1/200 9mm

Frankie says:
2023-04-01 at 11:16 pm
Good eye! I was just there a few days ago and noticed the mirrored ceiling. However, I did not see this interesting, jam-packed and layered image.

Debbie McCluskey says:
2023-03-31 at 3:33 am
We were up in Wainwright two weeks ago, and discovered there was a train trestle you could view over the Battle River. Having grown up around the Battle River Valley, it was pretty cool to see this type of architecture. This was F5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 100. The morning was still hazy from the early morning fog.

A history lesson for inquiring minds…
The Battle River Railway Trestle, commonly known as the Fabyan Trestle Bridge, was constructed between 1907 and December 10, 1908 west of Fabyan, Alberta, Canada at the cost of $600,000. The bridge is located at approximately mile 149 of Canadian National Railway’s Wainwright. It is 2775 feet long and stands 195 feet above the river.

Debbie McCluskey says:
2023-03-31 at 3:36 am
We were fortunate to see the train arrive when we were at the viewing platform and it was long enough to see the train expand across the valley from end to end.

Ron says:
2023-04-01 at 1:03 am
Fretwork on a house just down the street from us in Mount Pleasant. ISO 100, f/20, 1/400.

Ron says:
2023-04-01 at 1:07 am
Chinese Cultural Centre detail. ISO 640, f/8, 1/400.

della says:
2023-04-01 at 4:55 pm
changed the image to black and white and overlayed with an abstract ICM photo to give it a differ colour scheme

Karen Sandra McDaniel says:
2023-04-02 at 2:26 pm
I had a pleasant surprise when I was at the Lake Bonavista shopping mall and noticed a sky light and stairs in a very Art Deco style at the far end of the mall. I never go to that end of the mall but I had to go upstairs. I would certainly recommend a visit. I have posted another picture in Photographer’s Choice. AP, F8, ISO 2000, S1/5000, CW Metering, 18mm FL, Auto WB

tony campos says:
2023-04-03 at 3:48 am
I took a walk downtown and was surprised with the photo opportunities – I think I kept over 20 shots.
Entrance to the public library
f/6.3, 1/640, iso200

tony campos says:
2023-04-03 at 3:50 am
Inside the public library
f/6.3, 1/160, iso400

Fred Schwering says:
2023-04-03 at 8:50 pm
Heritage Park. wall of the NWMP barracks shot looking up from below.
ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1600 sec, 32 mm

Fred Schwering says:
2023-04-03 at 8:52 pm
Heritage Park building exterior.
ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/800 sec, 70 mm

Joe Horler says:
2023-04-03 at 10:18 pm
Diana and I have just returned from a midMarch Photography Workshop in vibrant, authentic and colourful San Miguel de Allende Mexico A former silver mining area in the mountains north of Mexico City, it is popular place to visit for both gringo tourists and Mexicans looking for cooler weather. It is home to a vibrant art community.
We spent a week capturing images of the buildings, street scenes and people.
This image is of a building in the Guadalupe area of the city.
FujifilM XT-5, F8.0, ISO 125, SS@1/400. Focal length of 17mm (crop

Joe Horler says:
2023-04-03 at 10:26 pm
My second image is of the Cathedral in El Centro (the main Unesco Heritage Site main square). This image was captured at dusk as we walked to dinner.
Fuji XT-5. F6-4. ISO 2000, SS@1/100. Focal length of 31mm (crop) handheld.

Beth says:
2023-04-04 at 12:24 am
Alexander Calhoun (now Guiffre) library was built in 1954 when the style of architecture of modernism was popular. It is built into a hill and these stairs lead up onto the roof.
Shot with my Sigma 16 mm lens at f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 250

Beth says:
2023-04-04 at 12:29 am
King Edward School in South Calgary was built in 1912 out of sandstone that was quarried from a site located where 17 Ave and Crowchild Tr SW intersect today. Today the building is an arts centre included a room used by CALL. Shot with my 16mm lens at f/11, 1/160 sec, ISO 250