Figure 1. Single-point perspective view of Learning Commons interior. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

An evening picture of a warm interior on a cloudy day.

I can’t enter the building owing to the pandemic, so I settled for placing my camera directly upon the glass outer wall at the north side of the building. That made for a stable image but also for some light leakage around the permanently affixed lens hood.

I tried to achieve single-point perspective. My eye is imperfect, but it’s not embarrassingly bad. I take full responsibility for the flaws, but note, too, that in this close a study you can spot asymmetries in the construction of the building. I’d have worked a bit with the placement of the (movable) furniture if I could have gotten in.

The image was captured with my Nikon D3400 sporting its 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom at 14 mm. It was set to f/7.1 and ISO 400, giving a 1/6 second exposure calculated by the camera. The image in figure 1 was edited from the RAW data with Affinity Photo for iPad.

For fun, I offer a preliminary study (figure 2) for the crop which had also been cleaned up in elementary ways with the Apple Photos editor on my iPad. You can still see some lens distortion and perspectival errors. I hated the bright look on what was in reality a darker day; it failed to capture the inviting nature of the warm interior. The interior lights were also overexposed: it really is a fast lens.

Figure 2. Single-point perspective view of Learning Commons interior, preliminary study for crop. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

For those who like seeing the sausage being made, I include the unedited image. Apple Photos had to convert it from RAW to a jpg, but I didn’t mess with it.

Figure 3. Single-point perspective view of Learning Commons interior. Unedited original image. Marywood University, Scranton, PA. Photo: author.

Published by gsb03632

A college professor living in Arlington, VA

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