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More views of EUH – 2

More views of the Emory University Hospital – Tower building

In a prior post the subject was the main building of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta (More views of EUH – 1). This post concentrates on the very new and modern Tower building.

Here the building is seen from the pedestrian bridge connecting the buildings across Clifton Road.

The Tower building seen from across Clifton Road

Looking west provides grand views of the Atlanta skyline

Each building has a café with surprisingly tasty and modestly priced food.

Other posts with images from Emory University Hospital:

More views of EUH – 1New and OldArt at Emory University Hospital

Monday Window – June 7, 2021Monday Window – May 31, 2021Monday Window – May 24, 2021

Emory University HospitalAtlanta Skyline

.:. © 2021 Ludwig Keck

More views of EUH – 1

More views of the Emory University Hospital – main building

Parking is available in a multi-story structure across the street from the main building of Emory University Hospital. There are elevated pedestrian connectors to get to the various building. Here is a view out the huge glass sidewall of the bridge walking from parking to the main building.

This building dates from 1945 as can be seen in the lintel of the entrance.

The building is set back from the street and there is a parklike area in front.

Here is a pano-stitch made from a group of photos taken closer to the building.

Inside, as you would expect, besides the state-of-the-art medical facilities, there are some nods to the early days.

Here is the stained glass window of the chapel room

There a couple more photos that were included to an earlier post, New and Old.

.:. © 2021 Ludwig Keck

New and Old

Some views from around Emory University Hospital

As is typical of many hospitals, Emory University Hospital, has grown from an initial building to a large campus with structures of many eras.

The main building is interconnected with newer buildings and facilities with overhead enclosed walkways. This includes a pedestrian bridge across Clifton Road.

The bridge is thoroughly modern looking, outside and in.

You can see the walkway structure leading right to the side of the older, stately main building.

And there is a visual surprise. One walks from the 21st century right into the 1920s. Complete with stuffed furniture and chandeliers.

There is also a display of an Olympic torch from the Olympics held in Atlanta in 1996.

Here is a closeup of that display case.

Now we need to pay homage to our slogan here. This blog is about “chats and tips about photography”, so it behooves me to tell a little about these photos. All of them were taken with an iPhone 7. All underwent post-processing. In part due to the format that the iPhone uses for storing photos, “HEIC”. I usually use ON1 Photo RAW to do the conversion and some other post-processing tasks. That also included some perspective corrections.

Just to show how much detail an iPhone photo contains here are a couple of crops from the image above, with some additional processing.

Yes, indeed, these “text” images are crops from the above photo with the white and black sliders in the Photo Gallery histogram in the Adjust exposure panel brought next to each other. There was also use made of other tools.

.:. © 2021 Ludwig Keck

Digging in the Dark

This 'n That

Another mistake in setting camera exposure

There I was taking pictures of the sunset. It was not that gorgeous a view, but I didn’t want to miss it as I had been there on our iconic town bridge.

My camera was operating in P-mode. The exposures were fine for the barely clouded sky. So I wanted to boost the exposure to get a bit more detail in the buildings and landscape.

I pressed the exposure compensation button and spun the wheel. Of course in the wrong direction.

I pressed the shutter anyway then over-corrected in the other direction. Here are the thumbnails.

Yes, that frame looks pretty black. Here is what the EXIF data said (in part).

Exposure Compensation: -11/3. Minus eleven thirds; that’s just a click less than four stops underexposure. Even the sky is black.

Never shy about experimenting, I decided to see what I could dig…

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Be Prepared!

Be Prepared!

That is not just the Scouting slogan, it is an apt admonition to photographers. For years I have preached that a camera should always be ready for action. That means when putting it into its pack, it should be set so it is ready for a quick grab of an interesting situation.

Of course, when that moment came this past week, my camera was nowhere near ready. I had put it away after some still life photography without so much as checking any settings.

And this is what happened when I needed it in a hurry:

Vultures in the Attic

My recommendation is to always set the camera to AUTO mode to allow rapid shooting when needed.

There is more to that. The exposure mode isn’t all that should be in the “ready for action” setting. Here is my list:

Ready For Action Settings

Exposure mode: AUTO or P mode

Focus mode: Auto, with either single point or multi-point focus.

Vibration reduction: ON

Metering: Center weighted or matrix. Spot metering is great, but in hurried situations can lead to errors.

Exposure compensation: Zero. This control does not reset when the camera is turned off on many makes, so be sure to set it back to zero before stowing the camera.

ISO sensitivity: My “normal” setting is 200, many prefer 100. But there is more!

Set the Auto ISO mode ON to allow the camera to find workable settings. The high limit should be set to maximum. But the minimum shutter speed should be a reasonable value. I like 1/125 sec.

It was that last setting that really got me in trouble with the vultures. For shooting still-life scenes I had set it to 1 second.

That first photo at the top shows what can happen. The camera used 1 second, f/8, at ISO 3600. One second is more than I can hand-hold, even with good vibration reduction.

I got the camera to 1/125s, f/4, and ISO 200. But failed to watch where the center focus mark wound up.

Some days are like that! Nice photo of that mailbox, isn’t it?

.:. © 2021 Ludwig Keck