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. 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.
Playing with geometric shapes. Taken with Nikon D600 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S lens @ 14mm, 1/200 sec, f/11, iso 200.
In the shot above, I played with the geometric shapes. I composed the rectangular directory sign at an angle allowing my Nikon 14-24mm ultra wide angle zoom lens to dramatically distort it as a foreground compositional element. Its angular shape offers a sharp contrast to the curved building in the background. I cropped the bottom of the original picture to re-compose the elements in post production to a 16:9 aspect ratio. (Other Lightroom settings included temp 6253, +1 exposure compensation, recovery 100, contrast +50.) View the larger 1200 x 675 pixel image.
Nikon D600 with Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AF-S lens @ 1/800 sec, f/2.8, iso 100.
For context, the pull-back shot below shows the relative positions of the flower bed and the directory sign relative to the curved hospital building.
Nikon D600 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 AF-S lens @ 14mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, iso 200.
The point of this blog post: you never know where you will find your next architecture photographic subject. While of the most functional buildings can serve to inspire (and give hope) to its staff and occupants, these same buildings can be a source of inspiration for the amateur photographer. See larger pictures from this article.
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