A fragment of the exterior of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto which has a funky staircase protruding out of its south side. Although it's an interesting piece of architecture, very few angles actually photograph well. An ideal shot would be from below the staircase, however; the area is gated so it's not really an option. This was taken from the west side of the building with a telephoto lens at 180mm.

The image is 3 exposures one stop apart for the actual building, plus another exposure for the sky that was merged in using Photoshop.

Additional processing included some dodge and burn, smart sharpening in Photoshop and contrast enhancement and cross processing in Color Efex Pro 4. Finally, the image was desaturated by blending it with a black and white layer at 65%. Final curves and clarity adjustments in Lightroom 3 to finish it all off.

Want to learn about some of the most interesting locations to shoot Architecture in Toronto, including this one? Check out my Toronto architecture photo tour blog post

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