Today I really wanted to try and capture a reflection for my picture. I think that one thing that HDR seems to do really well is capture reflections. I really had no idea where to go though. The sun was setting quickly, and I couldn’t find a place with a good angle to capture the reflection that I was looking for. I saw the Cook Biotech building and decided that today was the day that I would finally try and photography it. I have been wanting to get a shot from the front of the building and it’s reflection. I pulled into the drive that goes off to the side of the building with the intention of jumping out to get my shot from straight on. I knew that the sun would not get in the frame, but I couldn’t get my idea out of my head. It was then that I noticed that apparently it was time to get off of work. I didn’t want to park and block the way so I decided to follow the drive and turn around. It was then that I saw this view of the building. I knew that I couldn’t pass this up so I put on the four way flashers, and jumped out. I took my customary six pictures from -2 to +3 to get this shot. The extra stop of overexposure really seems to make sure that the halo does not appear. To save time I always look at the HDR from my JPEG’s first because it takes far less time to process. This looked so good that I immediately jumped into making my shot from the RAW files. I hoped that it would bring out a bit more color which it did. This is one of the rare days on this blog in which I am very happy with myself. I really like how this picture turned out.


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

3 responses »

  1. I like it! The dark clouds are a bit ominous looking, but I love the building, the reflections in the water, the sun’s reflection in the water. It’s a pretty shot.

    • csd7227 says:

      The clouds looked like they could rain at anytime. The HDR process does darken them though. I will have to work on that. Thanks for all the kind words.

  2. Becca says:

    Gorgeous. I am glad you didn’t take a straight one shot.

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