Bricks of Sand and Glass

I spent a good deal of time this past weekend snooping around an old alley in downtown Calgary trying to get some good grungy/texture rich brackets. The alley is full of old sandstone and brick, some of which still shows the faded paint signs of businesses past. It was a great place to shoot, and while I think I got some good shots, I will have to re-visit the same area during the twilight hours to add a bit more drama to the location.

I was immediately drawn to the large glass brick windows of this old sandstone building. The contrast of the blues and greens of the glass against the yellows of the sandstone made for a really cool scene. After tonemapping these brackets, I added an extra contrast and brilliance layers in Nik Color Efex Pro to bring out the texture in the sandstone and the colour in the glass bricks.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 16, ISO 100, 5 Exposures

Mike Olbinski - October 12, 2010 - 6:57 am

Love that chipped wood frame around the glass…the glass kind of has a “new” feel to it, but everything else around it seems old. Excellent contrast and good eye!

Jim Denham - October 12, 2010 - 7:14 am

Love the contrast in tones and textures Heath. Very cool image!

Heath O'Fee - October 12, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Thanks very much, fellas…I appreciate it!

John Tammaro - October 12, 2010 - 5:00 pm

Love your choice of composition. Really adds to the shot.

Michael Tuuk - October 12, 2010 - 8:51 pm

This shot and processing is *very* cool!