This pic is captured at the Dutchville ('Stad van Nederland') exhibition at the Dutch Architecture Institute (Nederlands Architectuur Instituut (NAI), which examines Dutch urbanity. And it does this in a rather refreshing way.
It deviates from the discursive (influencing)character that architecture / urban design exhibitions can have. This character by the way follows an important part of the marketing approach of the profession: using multi platform discourse to assert/strengthen its position in the building and urban planning field and society in general, and propagate the validity of its programs and stylistic choices.
But this exhibition is different - there’s no influencing or seduction involved. It tries to elicitate a response of the public, let them think again about their surroundings by confronting them with different aspects or consequences of urban living – its past, it’s present and its possible future.
This picture and the two in the workshop show how this is done. In line with the intentions of the makers of the exhibition, I advise you not to analyze but to feel and associate.
An enjoyable add to the exhibition is the way the consumer’s point of view is introduced by way of storytelling. Each major exhibit (generally a building or a city quarter or an visualized aspect of it) has a built-in transponder that triggers the story of the user or a stakeholder of it on a portable audio device when you hold this device close to this transponder.
Information about the Dutchville exhibition is here.
By the way: the announced Lesbos pics will be posted a bit later.
The work stream: I had to work fast and as a consequence the cam wasn’t 100% level. The used tripod, the ‘Gorilla Pod SLR’ tripod with its Slik SBH 100 ballhead (from my Monopod) is a nifty combination were most museums have no objection to. But it takes some time to set it up, also because the weight of the cam and lens (1,5 kg) approaches the max load.
I rotated the pic in Photoshop CS6 to level it and cropped of the resulting empty triangles. I had set up the crop tool in content aware fill mode so it ‘magically’ filled in the blank sections (a great feature that started its life in Photoshop CS5 and was refined in CS6). I converted the image to B/W with the B/W filter (didn’t tweak the 6 colour channels much). The next step was altering the contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers. I blended these layers, applied the high pass filter (3,6 px, overlay mode , opacity 80%),added the signature frame, resized and did a gentle USM (0,6px, 8%) and a fade USM(opacity 100%, normal mode) to restrict the halo’s
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jhm (141307) 2012-10-29 4:11
In zwart-wit maar een eweldige kunst foto.
Archtectonisch een grrot beeld, grafisch nog groter.
Ik ben eens verder gaan kijken via uw link, Nederland heeft een voorsprong op vele landen omdat de overheid iets soepeler is dan in Belgiê.
Hell mooie foto zeer goed gemaakt met een perfecte diepte en perspectief.
Mooi foto werk Bert. Bedankt.
Groeten uit Vlaanderen 100% bewolkt met regen 3Bft wind and 6.2° C.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-10-29 6:01
this is amazing! The effect is mesmerising and your capture superb. Works beautifully in B&W too! Magnificent imagery!
Have a good week - Brian.
claudeD (33990) 2012-10-29 6:34
love this composition very much. Excellent contributiopn to TE.Your choice for a b+w picture matches very much with this view.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
danos (88347) 2012-10-29 6:36
excellent the chosen POV with the use of CS6 to creates this superb perspective and depth in the image.
I like the clarity as the sharpness too, with the light management to be superb.
have a good afternoon,Danos
Bartleby (13552) 2012-10-29 6:37
a classy B&W. The structure is so graphic! I'd love to see a silhouette in this frame. Still, excellent job!
saxo042 (37594) 2012-10-29 9:07
A fantastic and creative architecture. Also a very good picture, taking good care of the forms and angles. B&W seems to be a suitable format for this capture.
vasilpro (40997) 2012-10-29 13:04
Wonderful interior composition, impressive effect, excellent POV, a perfect B&W shot, TFS!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
SnapRJW (31617) 2012-10-30 0:33
Hello Bert - I have enjoyed looking at all three shots you have posted here, each one with its own characteristics. This one work really well in B&W. The volumes and planes are beautifully distinct and as one looks down the tunnel the lighting emphasises the 'movement' of the spiral. Super work and a fascinating note. TFS and warm regards rosemary
Royaldevon (31339) 2012-10-30 1:35
I am totally wowed by this and the your w/s from the exhibition! There is a lot to enjoy. I found myself entering the tunnel and returning, again and again, each time noticing the different curves, the repeating fans, the reflections, the liaison between the wall and floor. Well done, this is excellent.
Have a lovely day,
JFS (32459) 2012-10-30 11:18
WOW! What an extraordinay shot, the visual effect is just amazing. i love it!!!!
thanks for sharing!
kabel (1831) 2012-10-30 19:29
Hello, excellent image all around. Good contrast in black and white. Excellent composiiton. This is really dynamic. Really provides an enormous sense of depth.
Your notes were quite informaive and articulate,
Have a great day,
aliabazari (15997) 2012-10-30 20:21
Grafische interface om de schoonheid van een vangt weer te geven. Goed contrast en zwart. Goede belichting en compositie.
Veel geluk, mijn goede vriend ...
maria-v1981 (10816) 2012-10-31 3:52
Art to art, this is composition. You worked very well to the light,to the forms and lines most of all I find very interesting and effective all the composition. The change to B&W has changed the shot.
Have a nice day,
dkmurphys (50416) 2012-10-31 6:58
Very fine capture of the modern shaped structure. Well seen, nice graphical effect.
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-11-02 10:05
I wouldn´t mind to see more such beautiful,avangard architecture both on photos and of course in real life.The scene looks so futuristic,like it would be from other planet.Great use of B&W,which only intesifies the strong light contrast and add more depth to the image.I enjoyed also other two photos you attached in WS.Brilliant composition!
Have a nice weekend
emka (81954) 2012-11-02 23:20
Hi Bert, You post very rarely these days but then it is something exeptional. This neverending kind of spiral looks amazing. Fantastic graphical effect, a bit like inside of the camera, maybe. It there was someone there it would be like from fairy tale. Amazing picture, i like it very much.
You changed your intro photo :).
macjake (57950) 2012-11-03 7:47
i like that you often present to us a very unique set of subjects.
this one is certainly of that ilk.
I would very much enjoy a visit to this exhibition, but I'm sure it only up and running for a short duration.
as for the 3 photos, you chose the best one to post as the primary. Yet each photo has a different appearance and a drastically different emotion and set of memories that are evoked from each one. Great Trio.
so many thoughts and visual images come into my mind when viewing this one here. Too many to list.
wonderful presentation and note.
UlfE (14641) 2012-11-08 11:21
Excellent archetectural photo. The depth is really impressive and the framing is perfect. The B & W is also great but I would have liked to see it also in colour. But I guess that you had good reasons for it. Normally it is that it looks better in B & W. TFS and have nice evening!
korbee (6617) 2012-11-19 12:49
Het leuke van je fotoos vind ik Bert,dat je altijd weer plekken laat zien in Nederland waarvan ik denk wauw!ik wist nie eens dat het bestond...
Dit lijkt wel een beetje Escherachtig.
Natuurlijk is zw/w de juiste keuze hier.
npecanhuk (67520) 2012-11-20 6:25
Interesting and unique interior details!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Black & white, sharpness, exposure, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me here too!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (20283) 2012-11-21 8:25
A very interesting trio of pictures. The b/w image has turned this contemporary structure into a wonderful graphic piece of art and has the feeling of entering an endless tunnel. Beautiful tonal range and sharpness.
Exquisite rendering - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
CLODO (30836) 2012-11-21 10:01
Absolutely fascinating image with an aspiring perspective, and we want to know what is at the end of the corridor.
Stunning B&W shot. Congratulations
speedymanu (3585) 2012-12-24 7:16
A precise framing enhances the organic and sci-fi atmosphere of this location. The choice of black and white reduces potential visual distractions and helps the viewer toconcentrate on his feeling while facing this.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones,
maloutim (9637) 2013-03-19 14:09
Absolutely stunning B&W picture of a great graphical design and an excellent perspective into this endless tunnel lined with futuristic, elegant architecture.
Beautiful management of light, shades and sharpness.
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13358)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-10-25
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP 17-50 f/2,8 VC, SanDisk SDhc X3 8GB, Hoya HD Protector 72 mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/3 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): The B&W's, Architecture II, PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION I, Evocations in black and white [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-29 4:01