Oregon State University

Kelley Engineering Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Canon 17-40 f/4L, ISO: 100, aperture: f/22, shutter: 1/6 second, filter: circular polarizer, tripod: yes

I was on the Oregon State University campus this week teaching a class on the ESA and how it relates to highway transportation projects.  During the lunch break I did a walking tour of the campus with my camera and tripod.  The lighting wasn’t especially good, nor could I find an interesting, unique and inspiring perspective for a really creative shot.  So, I reverted to my old standby technique of using a slow shutter speed and zooming the lens during the exposure.  I didn’t have my ND filter so had to settle for 1/6 of a second exposure.  The result is what you see above.  I included a non-zoomed shot, below, to compare. The building is an engineering marvel, no surprise, since it is the main office, classroom and research facility for the School of Engineering at OSU.  The engineers I work with got all giddy when I mentioned the Kelley Center.

The inside of the Center is interesting with an open style architecture, glass panels and diversity of materials used to construct the building.

The photo below is the standard HDR image made by combining 3 exposures in Photomatix and editing in Lightroom.

Above: ISO: 100, aperture: f/22, shutter: 1/6 second

Below: ISO: 100, aperture priority: f/11, shutter: 0.4 second (middle shutter speed), tripod: yes, HDR: 3 exposures, one over, one under.  Remember to use aperture priority when doing HDR so the depth of field stays consistent.

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