The Oxygen Tower – Tour Oxygène in French – is the second tallest building in Lyon, it was finished in 2010. You have to keep in mind that high-rise building are definitely not the norm in France. Most buildings are between 3 and 10 stories tall. A new high-rise (115 meters / 380 feet) was a big event and a great opportunity for photography. Here is an image of the tower during sunset:
As you may know if you are a regular reader, I have been more and more interested in architecture since last year and I tried my new skills in the business district of Lyon last year. I’ve only processed this image a few days ago, which gave me some time to think of what I wanted to do with it.
I must say I really enjoy low-key images lately and I’ve used mostly dark tones in my images. The creative process in this one was to emphasize the main feature of the building: the edge. I also used the light reflection on the side of the tower.
This is a 2-minute exposure. I was able to make exposure longer by adding Neutral Density filters in front of my lens. As you can see the clouds were moving quite quickly, giving a nice touch to the sky. I then worked a lot in post-processing to produce the result you see here. I’m using techniques learnt in Joel Tintjelaar’s Masterclass.
Here is a before/after, so you can appreciate the post-processing involved:
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Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I’m still a beginner in architectural photography and I can use any advice.