Arches – one of my all-time favorite architectural details. The way they curve and soar, while simultaneously providing support – the perfect mix of beautiful form and critical function.
On the day this image was taken, it was a cold and bitter, overcast and gray, and I really just wanted to head home after completing my errands. But it was a Saturday, school wasn’t in session and it was the perfect opportunity to check out the local Catholic high school, a building previously glimpsed only in passing.
Parking at the front, I unenthusiastically took some shots of the main entrance and bell tower. Driven back to my car by the brutal wind, I gave up, pointing the car toward home. However, as I rounded the corner, this arched entrance appeared – and I abandoned my plans for a quick exit. Suddenly, it didn’t seem quite as cold as I circled the entrance way, searching for a shot that would highlight the architecture but avoid surrounding distractions.
This shot was my favorite – incorporating two of the three arches – and just a sliver of the nearby window, with its abstract reflections and venetian blinds. Processed in black and white, with cool blue toning and added texture, the image takes on a timeless quality – a celebration of stonework and architectural details.
It was the surprise around the corner.
Texture Tuesday Processing
- Run the Pioneer Woman Photography B&W Beauty Action
- Process my mid-tone contrast action to add contrast and sharpness to the mid-tones
- Add the 123 Texture, setting the blend mode to Linear Burn and the opacity to 75%
- Run the Pioneer Woman Photography Cooler action to add an overall blue tint to the image
- Add a Levels adjustment to increase the overall contrast and brighten the highlights
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen
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