This past weekend I decided to take a nostalgic photo walk through the University of Calgary campus. I hadn’t been back there since I graduated a few years ago and I thought it would be kinda neat to see what (if anything) had changed. Everything was just as I remembered with the exception of the brand new Taylor Family Digital Library (still under construction) and all the scaffolding and false walls in the engineering building…apparently they’re doing a bit of a fix-up job there.
The brown grass and leafless trees of early spring don’t make for particularly pretty photos, so I stayed indoors and shot anything I found interesting. Symmetry was a common theme at the university so played around with that for a change since I typically try to place my focal point off centre (rule of thirds). I also let myself into some lecture theatres and will be making a few lecture hall panoramas in the coming weeks. For now, here’s the first image I shot upon my arrival at the U of C:
This is the skywalk from the Art Parkade to Craigie Hall. I almost kept walking once I got through the doors from the parkade but I’m glad I stopped to shoot this hallway. Converging lines are so much fun!
The details: 3 exposure HDR (-2,0,+2) tonemapped in Photomatix, masking in Photoshop, noise reduction using Noiseware (unbelievable results!), final tweaks in Lightroom. Let me know what you think.