Architecture: Florida Hospital East Orlando

The thought of hospitals conjures up all kinds of memories and emotions. For me, I am reminded of emergency rooms and urgent care and anxiety; birthing rooms and newborn nurseries and the overwhelming excitement and love for my newborn children, nieces and nephews; operating rooms and intensive care units and the worries that come with such situations. Surely, hospitals and the attending physicians, nurses, staff, and volunteers play an important part in our lives.

As buildings, hospitals are very functional. Some even have architectural flair. While function take precedence over form, there is still form. For example, take the new addition to East Orlando Florida Hospital. The new building is built with a gentle curve, serving as an architecture point of interest for the facility and a compelling architecture photographic subject.

Florida Hospital East Orlando is architected with a gentle curve.

Florida Hospital East Orlando is architected with a gentle curve. Taken with Nikon D600 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/80 sec, f/13, iso 100.

In the shot above, I composed the flower bed into the bottom of the frame to give the image some foreground interest. Serendipitously, though it was late morning, the sun was positioned behind the building, leaving the building evenly lit with indirect light. I framed the sun into the shot to add a sun flare that diagonally stretches across the image (as if to remind us of the flowers’ need of the morning light). I cropped the original image using Adobe Lightroom with a cinematic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.4:1 for an epic effect, re-composing the flower bed in the bottom third of the frame (using the composition rule of thirds). Other Lightroom settings included temp 5333, +0.33 exposure compensation, recovery 100, contrast +50, vignetting -10. View the larger 1200 x 500 pixel image.

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Composition Technique: Lead the Viewer Through the Picture

One way to add visual interest in your pictures is to compose the photograph such that the subject or major elements lead the viewer through the photograph, as if the viewer’s eyes are walking through the photograph.

Single Subject Draws the Eyes Through the Frame

One way of achieving this effect is to choose a subject that can grab the viewer’s attention and draw their eyes into the frame, through the frame, and then lead it out of the frame. An example of this technique is the picture of the guard posts and safety chain.

Guard posts and chain

Guard posts and chain: using the subject as a compositional element to lead the viewer’s eyes into the picture, through it, and then out. Late afternoon at Torrey Pines Gliderport, La Jolla, CA. Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S kit zoom lens.

The chain and closest guard post draw the viewer’s eyes in from the bottom right corner. The viewer’s eyes follow the chain up through the frame and to the left, then back to the right as the eyes continue to draw upwards, and finally out of the frame near the top right corner.

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