Technology Enabled Abstract

Fairmont Abstract - Austin, Texas

Fairmont Abstract – Austin, Texas

Do you know what this is? Yes, it’s a building. The new Fairmont Hotel in Austin, which should be opening soon. I made this picture during the Drink and Click, last month. It was a test shot really, until, unexpectedly, I turned it into an image I like. And while the photo looks like simple abstract, there quite a bit that went into making it. Not in terms of effort, but in terms of the latest image capture and post-processing technologies. Let me explain.

First, I used the highly regarded Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro lens mounted on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera. Here’s the first bit of technology that came into play. I made this shot at a 158mm equivalent at 1/10 of a second, handheld. That’s 4 stop of stabilization with the latest 5-axis in-body image stabilization. The sensor basically floats in there, somewhat immune to camera movement. Olympus is one of the leaders in this technology.

I made the photo, from the ground, though an opening between trees. I was also askew and not perpendicular to the building. This is where the next technology came into play. This time, via software. I post processed with Capture One that has perspective correction. With some fine controls, it looks like I shot perpendicular to the building and nearly at eye-level, some 500 feet up. It’s not perfect, but surprisingly close. Add to that, some extra saturation and noise reduction and you get a thoroughly technology enabled image.

Regardless of if you like the photo, it’s remarkable what can be done these days with consumer technology. It wasn’t too long ago that something like this wouldn’t have been possible for the average person.

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