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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bond Street Wharf

Today's photo is one that I took in December while visiting Baltimore, Maryland. I took this shot not too long after the Startled Seagulls at Fells Point photo. This shot is of the Bond Street Wharf, which I thought was an old building, but turns out was built in 2002. I guess they did a good job designing it, because it was supposed to fit in with the historic Fells Point area, and it obviously did enough that I thought it was a very old building! A little bit about the building from the official website:

"This 220,000 square foot, six-story office building was built in 2002 and is part of a larger, six-acre, $1 billion development effort (known as Greater Fells Point) on the waterfront in historic Fells Point. The building was designed by internationally renowned, RTKL. This Class-A office building offers state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure featuring the only intelligent underfloor HVAC system in the region. Award-winning restaurants, hotels, housing and water transportation are nearby. A new 760-car parking garage located across the street is available to tenants of the building. Bond Street Wharf is a joint venture project of Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, Inc. and H&S Properties Development Corporation."

Because I thought the building was old, I tried some of the tweaks I haven't messed with that much in Nik Software's Color Efex Pro. I decided I wanted to make it sort of look like an old-time photo, but retain some coloring and the lighting/shadows of an HDR shot. After my normal steps of HDR creation process, I ran this through the "Old Photo" filter then made a few adjustments on the coloring and brightness until I got what I was looking for. I wanted to retain a small amount of color, but not too much (except for the sky, I wanted that to completely have the old photo effect) to sort of combines a new photo with an aged look. I really like the resulting image and I might just have to use it again on some other photos (maybe even reprocess a couple of them using this method).

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Bond Street Wharf

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