Wednesday, February 28, 2007


This is Mendocino Hall at Sacramento State. This newer five-story building is home to the school of journalism. The image was shot with a Canon Digital EOS Rebel (300D) and a Sigma Compact Hyperzoom 28-200mm lens. According to the metadata provided by Apple Aperture, it was shot at ISO 400 with a focal length of 90mm. The aperture was set at f/9 and the shutter speed was 1/80 of a second. Actually, since I was shooting in manual mode, I knew what the settings (except for the focal length) were without the help of Aperture. The view here is exactly as it came from the camera, no alterations were made.

This building is white. At least it was earlier in the day. The angle of the sun in the sky combined with the threatening storm clouds produced this eerie effect - and it only existed for a moment. I could not reproduce the shot just one minute later. A cloud moved or the sun dipped just low enough to produce only a light orange tint - but nothing this ominous. I often marvel at how the lighting at this time of day can so profoundly change the appearance of an otherwise ordinary building.


Anna said...

Beautiful colors!

rashbre said...

I like the tone in this; it has that good balance between the foreground and the sky.

PI said...

Hi Mike! Just popped over from Rashbre. That's an amasing shot - the momentarily pink building!

Jennifer said...

Oh wow...incredible! I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before :) And you captured it on!
I wish I knew more about photography so I'd have half an idea what you're talking about. I love taking pictures but mostly I'm a point-and-shoot kinda gal (and my hit-or-miss pictures reflect that!!)