One evening last November I went out to try my hand at taking some night shots around the campus of CU. I had never tried this before and was very interested to see how these would turn out. I was happy with my pictures but was having a horrible time processing them. Everything I tried just came out looking horrible. So I decided I would come back to them some time in the future. Sometimes it takes distance and time to get in the right space. In this case it seemed to do the trick. I recently stumbled upon these shots as I was browsing through my library and thought I would give it another try. I don’t know what the difference is but this time I am really happy with the result.
The Pic: Macky at Night
This shot seems like a simple set up but it actually caused me quite a bit of trouble. Right outside the frame on each side are two ugly solar panels elevated up on tall poles. I don’t remember what they are connected to but I do know they are not pretty. As my camera is a 7D it has a crop sensor. This means it magnifies my lens by a factor of 1.6. The widest lens I have is 18mm but when you take into account the crop it is more like a 29mm. So it ends up not being very wide. So in order to eliminate the ugly poles I had to move so close that I lost the ends of the building. Still I think this is the better option. One of the fun challenges of photography for me is working with the limits of my equipment.
Macky Auditorium is one of my favorite buildings on campus. It is like a castle in the middle of Boulder. While I was going to school here I heard several different scary stories about things that took place in this building. I don’t know if they are true or not but the building definitely lends itself to these sorts of stories.
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