A shot from San Juan, Puerto Rico's El Morro fortress. This is a small staircase connecting the lower ramparts to the upper; almost hidden out of the way, and not one of the more popular paths up the fort, we had it to ourselves. The ISO 1600 I had to use actually worked in the photo's favor, I think, giving an extra layer of grainy texture on the walls.
Larger version on Flickr, here.
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Nicou (138998) 2014-07-02 6:58
Quelle vue sur cet escalier superbe compo et iamge quel captage et iamge fantastique iamge avec ce jeu de lumières une emrvielle.
Bravo et amitié
COSTANTINO (63675) 2014-07-02 8:44
Hello dear friend
I like this small staircase connecting
the tower ramparts to the upper
I liked the whole inspiration
have a nice time
emka (94356) 2014-07-02 8:48
Hello Andrew, Unusual spiral staircase with a triangle. Interesting texture of the walls. Excellent light management. Well done.
WArm regrads MAlgo
tyro (24030) 2014-07-03 1:04
What a splendid ancient staircase and what an interesting photographic interpretation of it: your picture has just so many varied geometric shapes from straight lines, triangles, bits of circles and ellipses, all interestingly arranged.
But it is also the variations of the light and subtle soft colours which make this so appealing. Just a pity that bright lamp dominates the area at the top but the bright light at top right draws the viewer up the staircase very effectively.
Yes, there is some "grain" or "noise" in this picture but, as you say, that does actually contribute to the atmosphere in this shot. In fact, I rather suspect that the darker areas of the picture were quite markedly underexposed as a camera like your Nikon D7000 would normally deal with an ISO of 1600 with little or any noise visible.
A wonderful photograph, well seen and very well taken in very difficult lighting conditions indeed.
jhm (150742) 2014-07-03 4:51
Stairways are Always a very pleasant subject, but the heavy light makes the photographer not easy.
Wonderful place with pleasant colour to look at.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Glint (6171) 2014-07-03 10:36
your title tells us all we need to know about this composition. A triangle is always a good compositional element. A useful diagonal line is offered by the stair's handrail. I agree with you about the ISO 1600 working in your favour.
jcpix (13908) 2014-07-03 20:00
This is brilliant, such smart use of the staircases natural design and use of negative space. The shapes and lines make the first impact, but it's the subtleties which I find the most fascinating here. The varying and smooth transformations of color and grainy textures are pure delight for someone like me. :) I agree in full, the increased ISO was a benefit in this instance. And to top it off, the play of light and its subsequent contrast is wonderful. An all 'round beauty! Have a great holiday weekend. Take it easy.
kasianowak (8699) 2014-07-06 12:04
Intresting use of light and contrast to create this almost abstract image made of lines and shapes. Unusual and eye-catching work, thanks for sharing.
mjw364 (838) 2014-07-09 10:27
My kind of shot! Abstract and emphasising shapes, angles, line, colours and light. I would have been very proud to have taken this one.
Excellent - not a tripod or shadow of yourself in sight either!
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7511)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-02 6:38