This is an impressive building. One of the reasons I’m leaning more towards HDR for this sort of thing is the detail you pick up in the images. This building is full of detail. It’s not often you see a true Art Deco building that is Art Deco down to its foundations. The Wiki on the building is here and is worth a read but back to the detail thing for a second. Our eyes are so very sensitive and their ability to pick out detail from the noise is impressive. The one thing you see with the HDR process is that texture leaps out at you and yet it looks very natural. It could be that on some level HDR is mimicking the eye’s need for 3D and so we accept the enhancement a bit easier, as long as I don’t stray into the uncanny valley.
I do desaturate the final image just a bit as I find the full on combined color can really overwhelm. Knocking stuff down by twenty percent or so, brings it down to a somewhat hyper reality as opposed to an almost cartoonish representation. Of course that is also subjective. In this post, I also wanted to show you that I’m about the details. Yes I do love urban decay but I’m also fully aware of what societal impacts caused that decay and the human cost of it. I don’t want to be seen as morbid. The decay fascinates me because it happens so very fast, geologically speaking. Unattended, a building will start to break down in just a couple of years. In a couple of decades the change is startling, in fifty years, the dereliction is unstoppable. So I’m also about preservation of impressive architecture. America at least seems to get this right. Toronto unfortunately has not and where once impressive buildings once stood, there now stand towers of colored glass.
Darleen and I played tourist for about two hours walking around the downtown of Buffalo and admiring the all of it. There is more to follow.