Description: Bank of America Plaza Atlanta
Background: This is Bank of America Plaza, at 55 stories, the tallest building in Georgia. This shot was taken looking westward down North Avenue. The building sits on a slight ridge running northward from downtown, and the land falls away from that ridge to the east and west.
When traveling east along North Avenue from the building, one encounters two noticeable dips and rises. Standing on that second rise, about three miles away, I took the shot.
I became interested in making this image because whenever I drive down North Avenue, I get a sense of the building looming eerily over the street. Since no other structures of similar size are nearby, it stands alone peering down over its domain. The sense of looming is especially acute when North Avenue starts to dip down to go under an old railroad overpass. The movement down seems to make the build grow larger and closer. My goal was to capture that sense of the building sternly presiding, unchallenged, over the city.
Technical: Ilford XP2, box speed, Minolta Maxxum 7000i, 28-100mm (D) lens at 100mm, aperture priority.
Frame Works? No. Revisiting the images, I see a tourist photo, not one that conveys any sense of how the building towers above the landscape. Vantage points for shooting are few; there is an apartment complex 15 feet to the left and a residential street immediately to the right. I tried walking downhill toward the overpass, but then the building becomes obscured. Perhaps the focal length of 100mm was too short. Some foreground is needed in the frame to provide context, and getting enough foreground along with the building requires compression, which means using a longer focal length. If so, I need to return and try the shot at 250-300mm. Advice or suggestions, anyone?