The Hotel Santos Porta Fira, si a famous and iconic hotel complex in the Plaza Europa area of Barcelona. There are more images of this building and it's more famous neighbour on TE than I can care to count. So I thought - how do I come up with something different?
This POV is taken from underneath the concrete canopy at the entrance. I thought using the opening as a frame within the frame was good but then including the concrete pillar made it look kind of like a giant magnifying glass. The wide angle lens I used pushes everything back in the frame so the building looks smaller than it actually is and architectural shots usually emphasise height and scale etc. but I thought doing it this way kind of reverses the scale of the building as it would be if you were looking at it under a magnifying glass if you see what I mean? It's another one of my (possibly naive) attempts to distort perspective to come up with something slightly different. Anyway, that was my thinking behind the shot.
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jhm (138230) 2014-06-09 4:22
You took these picture through these dome with a fantastic result.
These picture is very nice sharp and clear, see I the skyscraper very well
Excellent composition nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS
Have a nice day,
imageme (1625) 2014-06-09 4:27
Hi Michael, Nice try and great result. The black around framed the opening perfectly. The cement magnify glass created by the mistake but it indeed gives an illusion the building is magnified by the glass. Great details and clarity along with good light. Thank for sharing
timecapturer (48012) 2014-06-09 4:35
instantly recognisible as from your lens and perspective. A lesson in how to be creative when taking architectural images. Full of imagination and beautiful lines. Love your post processing too it stamps individuality all over this fine shot.
Have a good week - B.
chrislo (4153) 2014-06-09 5:20
When looking at the thumbnail, I thought you had used a rear-view mirror to take this shot ! I truly like the originality and creativity of your compositions. You have composed this photo beautifully, using the colour and non-colour for impact. The splash of red draws the eye into the image and the lines accentuate this perfectly. Brilliantly spotted and executed shot.
Royaldevon (28641) 2014-06-09 5:40
You are in your comfort zone with a great outcome.
This is so imaginative, not just because you have taken a shot in a mirror, but from the positioning of the image, the whole composition and the non-distracting surround.
This is you at your best.
Have a great day,
rbassin (17535) 2014-06-09 6:20
Bravo pour cette prise de vue, bon choix du point de vue; une idée créative et original.
miumiu (5837) 2014-06-09 6:52
This is a fantastic composition and idea.
l like it!
Have a nice day
tyro (20018) 2014-06-09 6:55
A giant magnifying glass - or, perhaps, a car wing mirror or even a toilet seat or urinal bowl?
But don't listen to me: that's just my distorted mind. Seriously, you have taken time to assesss the situation here and you have come up with a very impressive and striking composition. The "rounded triangle" fills the frame beautifully and the support at the bottom right holds the whole composition together very well and is also perfectly aligned with the right side of the tall building seen through the orifice. I suspect that you have used some selective desaturation here but that has been done very sympathetically and it works very well too.
An excellent image with superb depth of field and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
dta (65694) 2014-06-09 7:00
Hello Michael ,
Superb idea , and perfectly captured . It looks like a rear view mirror . B&W with a touch of red is another great idea .
lousat (75532) 2014-06-09 8:39
Hi Michael,your eyes are always magic and always ready to catch magnificent perspectives and original compositions,nothing is normal in your gallery and this is another magnificent example,great work,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
danos (85785) 2014-06-09 10:57
very nice the view as the preesentation of the hotel Santos taken from this advantage POV.I like the excellent scenery as the light and colour management of the scene.
SnapRJW (30911) 2014-06-09 12:44
This is the type of shot that you really excel at Mike. Creative thinking and seeing set your architectural work apart from the crowd and challenge us to see the world through your eyes.
krzychu30 (15496) 2014-06-10 0:44
Excellent perspective and framing Mike!
And you give me another reason(next to Big Fish)to visit Barcelona(didn´t manage to go there-went to MACBA and MNAC on my last day instead).
What I like more about it is the way you processed the image.Selective toning looks here great-just the red part of the Hotel facade and everything else in B&W.
Have a good day
macjake (55550) 2014-06-10 8:38
so you met up with Juan and Krysztof? thats cool, must have been a fun time for sure.
Personally, i think the most important feature in the photo is the long pillar on the far right. immediately we know its taken from underground, like in a car parking lot basement or something.
the desired effect you were looking for is exactly what you got my friend. looks really cool.
the splash of red works well too.
creative shot all around Mike
Noel_Byrne (23274) 2014-06-10 11:44
I know ths building from Juans shots, and it's a beautiful idea to create this hole in the canopy to allow a creative photographer come up with this very cool and very eye catching scene. The selective color works perfectly, and I see exactly what you mean about the magnifying glass. Informative note on the idea behind this, thanks for that.
annjackman (19231) 2014-06-11 1:46
It has been said by others - this is so much your style. Clever observation and production. The splash of red really lifts the image. The concrete pillar anchors the subject very well in the corner.
Kind Regards, Ann
trevormoffiet (3110) 2014-06-11 3:27
An exceptional image. Your gallery is full of concepts, inspiration and imagination. I like your notes that explain the reasons why you do things and how you look at things.
I think that pushing the boundaries on TE should be something that is applauded rather than frowned upon.
chawax (19210) 2014-06-12 11:36
Very orginal POV that uses very well the hole in the concrete as a frame for the composition. The B&W and the simple composition make this picture very graphical.
Have a nice day,
Bartleby (13532) 2014-06-15 13:45
Interesting choice of POV...makes for a very abstract shot!
tatadalou (6081) 2014-06-20 10:56
Thanks for explaining your demarche. It's always instructive to know what the photographer wants to express.So much creativity in your shot, with this framing from under the concrete canopy and th partial desaturation. The canopy makes a great frame to the high building.
adidas5nb (5241) 2014-07-13 0:35
i dont think i can ever see & recognise such a forget clicking it.