Tour EDF

April 04, 2015  •  1 Comment

Tour EDFTour EDFCopyrighted Digital Photograph

This is another attempt at capturing the subtelty of this interestingly designed building at La Defense in Paris. Its shapes and surfaces always interact beautifully with the light, whatever the season, the time or the weather.  

 

Shapes

 

I played around with cropping quite a lot before settling on the composition that satisfied me. My intent from the beginning was to create an abstract and I needed to find the most satisfying positioning of the curved podium, relative to the angled glass surface above and behind it.

 

Strong straight lines abound, because of the unusual shape of the curved glass wedge above the metallic canopy, and distract the eye with too much detail and confusing directions. So, I tried to focus on the curving nature of the components, avoiding verticals which might intrude on the original.

 

Surfaces

 

I can’t explain why, but I very much enjoy the effects of the metallic and glass surfaces in this photograph. Both seem silky and tremendously smooth, to the point that I would love to stroke them and feel their cold touch. They seem rich and finely assembled, a luxury structure. They tone in with each other and reflect light delicately.   

 

Sweeps

 

For some reason, which I cannot yet explain, I start to “read” this image from right to left, instead of my usual, “western” trained habit of left-to-right. My eye starts in the dark of the bottom right corner, follows the lines fanning out under the canopy and then follows the rim back to the centre, where I connect with the upward sweep of the window lines.

 

The best art provides visual, often subliminal, clues which lead the eyes through the story that the artist seeks to tell. This is true for both figurative and abstract subjects and my intent here is to provide a satisfying journey for the eye.

 

Settings

 

Camera: Nikon D800

Lens: 24-70mm f2.8G Zoom

Focal Length: 58 mm

Focus Mode: AF-S

Autofocus Area Mode: Single

Aperture Priority

Aperture: f/13

Shutter Speed: 1/160s

Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority

Exposure Compensation : -0.3 EV

Metering: Matrix

ISO Sensitivity: ISO 400

Mounted on a monopod

 

I hope that, enjoying this image, you might take a stoll through my other architectural and abstract images on this site.

 

Copyright Paul Grayson 2015

 

 


Comments

Eric(non-registered)
Why don't you propose this picture to the company of the building at a good price ? A good price means expensive. It is a great picture for a great company. ;o)
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