Restoration

f16, ISO100, 90s, 17mm on a Canon 60D

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For some reason, the reopening of the Union Depot in St. Paul happened in December without me knowing the first thing about it! Likely someone found out my opinion on mass, state funded transit and decided to keep me out of the loop – we won’t go there, though :). The restoration of the old building was completed in December and it is now open for business, taking over as the center point for all buses and light rail coming through St. Paul, including the Central Corridor project that will connect St. Paul and Minneapolis by light rail.

This news didn’t reach me until Thursday of last week and, even though both the Winter Carnival and Crashed Ice events were happening in downtown St. Paul, the Depot became my main point of photographic interest for the weekend! Good thing, too, with most people involved in the other events, very few people were hanging out at the depot – virtually had the place to myself, except for a couple of security guards! Much to my surprise, one security guard was totally cool with me sporting the tripod and D-SLR in the depot. He even gave me some information regarding the restoration that was very helpful! How cool is that!

Over the next couple of days I’ll share a few shots from the shoot and wanted to start out with a couple of shots from the outside of the building, which is pretty impressive, sporting 10 huge pillars out front that give the building more formal, government look to it. The detail around the pillars does not take away from it either! The first shot, above, shows off both the detail and the pillars, along with some dramatic cloud movement from a 90 second exposure.

The shot below was a bit of fun and was shared through my social networks on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a 13 shot, handheld panorama taken specifically to produce heavy distortion on the center of the building. It was a technique I learned from watching Gavin Hoey in his Take & Make Great Photography on AdoramaTV – here’s a link to the episode on YouTube: http://youtu.be/xji5MKk-S4c. It was a ton of fun putting together except it took some serious content aware healing and also cloning to fill out the entire image! I highly suggest giving it a try!

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10 Comments

  1. Len Saltiel January 28, 2013 at 6:28 AM #

    Love the tones and lines in the first image Jim. Outstanding work.

    • Jim January 28, 2013 at 6:38 AM #

      Thanks Len! Appreciate the comments!

  2. Chris Nitz January 28, 2013 at 7:58 AM #

    Dude, dig the processing on this as it adds a nice touch of drama on the lighting side. I also like how you went with a diagonal crop on this!

    • Jim January 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM #

      Thanks for the feedback. I took a shot straight on, but this looked so much better! Appreciate it!

  3. Edith Levy January 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM #

    Gorgeous Jimmy. Love the lines and the long exposure.

    • Jim January 28, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

      Thanks Edith!

  4. Chris Maskell January 29, 2013 at 1:10 AM #

    Really digging the first image and the pano is rocking it

  5. Michael Criswell January 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM #

    Nice long exposure, love the B&W

    • Jim January 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM #

      Thanks Wiz!

  6. Toad Hollow Photo January 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

    Great shot, Jim, what a really neat effect!

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