We visited the famous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Florida during our weekend vacation to South Florida last month.
We arrived late in the day for a quick self-guided tour. It was about an hour prior to sunset. The clouds were low in the horizon, acting as a light diffuser for the low setting sun and providing the soft, low contrast lighting for these architecture shots.
Beautiful light for a beautiful subject.
I particularly liked the arch ceiling in the main lobby. Beautiful.
It’s definitely worth a visit when you are in South Florida. Just park (for free) in the parking lot on the West side, walk in and have a look around. They do offer guided tours on Sunday afternoons at 1:30, 2:20, and 3:30 p.m. Call the hotel at (855) 311-6903 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to fellow photographers: With the Nikon D600’s excellent dynamic range, I used Lightroom in post processing to pull out the shadow details using the fill light setting, as noted in the picture captions above. When increasing the fill light, watch the overall exposure and compensate accordingly, as the fill light setting can cause portions of the image to be overexposed. For the interior shot of the lobby arch ceiling, I bumped up the vibrance and saturation slightly to give the colors a slight pop without over doing it.
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