CS178 Assignment 4 - Architecture and Interiors
Apr 24, 2011Public
Photo: Requirement 1, 4: Repeating Patterns + Vertical Vanishing Point

I was walking around searching desperately for some repeating patterns (i.e. stanford arches) and happened to come upon this set of repeating stairs. While they are 'repeating', the composition wasn't consistent so there was a bit more tension.
The photo was taken with a narrow aperture to give more DOF . The vertical railings converge in about the upper center and i felt the undersides of the stairs also gave a nice "escher" like feeling to the composition.

The contrasted was boosted to give the reds more liveliness.
Photo: Requirement 1: Vertical Vanishing Point

The vanishing point is about the center of the photo with the lines from the left column and the right wall converging at an intersection. 

I used a relatively small aperture but thankfully it gave the rock pattern more focus in the photo and gave it a nice bit of clarity. The cross-hatched lines on the ceiling of the building also created tension in the photo.
Photo: Requirement 2, 3:

The vertical lines in this photo clearly do not merge within the photo. In addition, the repeating arches contrast against the singular subject in the middle of the photo. 

I used a high aperture to put as much of the photo in focus as possible. In addition, I chose a high ISO for the photo..by accident. Given another chance, I would have decreased the ISO greatly and increased the exposure time.

As for processing, I increased the contrast to give the 'greenery' a bit more life and bring out the reds more. Also the photo was slightly cropped.
Photo: Requirement 2:

The photo was taken with the largest accepted aperture (f16) and due to camera shake, I increased the shutter speed at the cost of increased noise in ISO.

As can be seen, the photo's vertical lines do not have a vanishing point (within the photo). Originally, the photo was taken with the widest possible focal length. However, the columns on the sides still tended to 'converge'. Within Photoshop, I used the transformation tool to flatten out the image.

Other than that, contrast was boosted between the reds and the greens (two main colors). I would have liked to selectively brought out the sky more.
Photo: Requirement 5:

Life of a cafe. This 'shot' was created through over 10 shots taken with the camera. I rotated about some point in the lens and took a series of shots attempting to keep the 'whole' of people within the frame. This way, their movements wouldn't become fragmented during the merging process.

The environment was extremely low lit, so I had to up the ISO as much as possible and keep the aperture at wide open. The 'cylindrical panorama' option was selected, and heavy cropping was done to create an image with consistent sides.  

The man in the far left gave the photo an anchor and as the viewer proceeds left to right, they get to re-experience the coffeeshop atmosphere..or something like that.
Photo: Requirement 3: Framing shot

"Prison Apartment", aka my apartment complex. It's not that bad, but I wanted to give the locked-in feeling of working on homework all day or doing projects indoors.

This photo was taken late at night which is the reason for the long exposure. Since the main subject should be the building, I focused on the building through the mesh and set a f/22 aperture to also keep as much of the mesh obstructing as possible.

The photo was taken on a tripod using my nifty50. Post processing included reducing exposure and cropping to get most of the tree in the bottom right corner out of the way.