Old Republic Building

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 August 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Located at 307 N. Michigan Avenue, the Old Republic Building was designed in a neo-classic style by the firm of Vitzhum & Burns and built on the site of the Jean Baptiste Beaubien homestead. Beaubien Court, which runs underground to the east, is named after this early settler. The building's site had to be shifted east before its construction when Michigan Avenue was widened. The developer planned to build a building only 12 feet wide, but he finally succeeded in buying the adjacent lot. This was the first high-rise in the area east of Michigan Avenue between the river and Grant Park, and when it was built, it enjoyed high visibility.

I wanted to process this in B & W, and when I first accidentally clicked on the negative option, I liked how it brought out the minute details of the facade and the reflection in the glass.

Photo captured April 28, 2010.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very cool processing

10 Aug 2010 5:16am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very well composed, well... the negative version works great imo ! Sometimes doing it by accident can give great results. Have a nice day Steven :)

10 Aug 2010 7:59am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Wonderful processing.. excellent details.

10 Aug 2010 8:36am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

nicely done

10 Aug 2010 10:45am

Antoine from France

Superb photo and very nice processing. I like it. Have a lovely day Steven.

10 Aug 2010 11:38am

Philip from JoBurg, South Africa

WOW! it did really bring out the detail well done !!

10 Aug 2010 12:25pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Inverting the shot is a cool idea - reveals much more details than a normal one would do. Perfect compo, btw!

10 Aug 2010 12:44pm

Florence from Paris, France

Finally it almost looks like an extra mono HDR ! Great find (even if accidental). It really outlines perspective and graphism everywhere.

10 Aug 2010 1:22pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very nice in B&W. Excellent detail.

10 Aug 2010 3:18pm

alex centrella from California, United States

nice processing..fits the image well..

10 Aug 2010 3:49pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Absolutely Steven what a look this is when you hit the negative "button" by accident and look what you got - man this is incredible. FOrgive me but I was really also taken by the flag - stopped in mid-furl or mid-flap (or whatever:-) But you are right, the detail is amazing. I can't imagine a 12 foot wide building....thank you for your usual great in-depth narration as well - always appreciated. Take Care Steven - Denny

10 Aug 2010 3:54pm

@Denny Jump Photo: The flag caught my eye as well; even in color. Or perhaps even moreso since the flag was about the only thing in color in comparison to the "beige-ish" facade.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This brings back memories of the smell of chemicals and the red glow of a darkroom.

10 Aug 2010 5:01pm

@Ralph Jones: Darkroom? What's that? ;-)

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Having been downtown recently [and my cousin is an excellent -professional- tour guide] but only in a car, I still can appreciate the trouble you must go to in order to get such clean shots as you do. Very nicely done, as usual, I really love it in monotone.

10 Aug 2010 7:22pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Excellent treatment !

10 Aug 2010 10:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I love this happy accident of processing. Very beautiful.

12 Aug 2010 9:51pm

SONY DSLR-A300
1/80 second
F/6.3
ISO 100
50 mm

old-republic
chicago
hdr
bnw
negative

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