This is a more abstract piece than I would typically shoot but the nature of the building certainly lends itself well to these types of images. The picture was taken at the Ontario College of Art and Design. The building is essentially a rectangular cube that sits atop a number of large pillars and appears as though its floating in the air. The shot was taken by resting the camera against one of the pillars and shooting upwards. Because a tripod couldn’t be used so close to the pillar, the building was captured with 3 handheld shots, 1 stop apart and the sky was shot separately. The camera in question was a D800 with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens.
Post processing involved merging the images in photoshop and applying distortion correction. The white portions of the building took on a rather ugly yellowish green color cast as a result of the reflecting light. To eliminate this, I selected just the portion of the building that had the color cast using “Select color range” - ensuring that the nice yellow highlight in the corner is not included - and creating a B&W copy of the selection. The black and white layer was then blended in using the Linear Dodge blend mode at 60%. Final tweaks included levels adjustment, smart sharpening, selective color adjustment on the yellow pathway (which is originally an ugly reddish color) and contrast adjustment in Color Efex Pro 4. The image was finished in Lightroom 3 where I adjusted the crop and rotation to provide a nice balanced feel.