Photo Essay: Trinity University in Monochrome

Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas

My son just started his college career at Trinity University in San Antonio. I was there with my wife, over the weekend, to help with the move-in and to attend the festivities and convocation. Of course, I had my cameras with me to capture any details that caught my eye.

The 125-acre campus is located several miles north of downtown San Antonio in the Monte Vista Historical District. Though the school was founded in 1869, this campus dates from the 1950’s and built on a limestone quarry that overlooks the city. The Trinity Campus was designed by architect O’Neil Ford and modeled after an Italian village. At least an Italian village that is made of red brick with a mid-century modern aesthetic.

Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

The campus is split into roughly two levels. All of the photos, except for the one in the gymnasium, are from the upper level. The lower level has the dorms and the athletic facilities.

Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

There is a multi-dimensional quality to the campus where there are many levels and bridges that connect buildings at different heights. Probably because Trinity is built on a hill.

Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

The new buildings seem to be more angular, like the new science center above, as well as the administrative building at the very top. As you will see below, the older buildings have more curving elements.

Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

I found these curves at the Coates library, Trinity’s main library. The photo montage is an impressive work of art, which took the artist four years to create. It’s decorated on both sides, shown here.

Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas

Here are more curves.

I featured the big auditorium a couple of days ago — that’s where they held the convocation. The Laurie Auditorium seats 2,700, which is impressive given that there are only 2,300 students in the entire University.

The last image is my most abstract, shot near the entrance of the student center.

I created these images with the Olympus PEN-F with the 9-18mm wide-angle. And though I often use the monochrome mode on the PEN-F, these are all converted in post-processing from RAWs.


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2 thoughts on “Photo Essay: Trinity University in Monochrome

  1. Nicely done. I think your B&W conversions are better than the in-camera samples we’ve seen. More work, but worth it. If you derive a preset from the commonalities found in this series you’ll be more than half-way home for the future.

    1. Thank you, Mike. It’s easy to do the black and white conversions. I have a preset that works well in Capture One.

      My black and white conversions were always crisper and with more dynamic range and control than the in-camera black and whites. However, I sometimes opt for the in-camera version to have that muddled, grainy film look.

      For these, I wanted a clearer and sharper look so I used the RAWs. I guess it all depends on the look I’m after which often depends on the subject and mood I want to project.

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