Canon 5D Mark II, 24-70mm F/2.8, f/4.5, 1/50, iso 800
"What do you want to be when you grow up, Bobby?"
"I want to be an architect!"
Yes, that is what I wanted to be when I was about 8 years old. It was around this age that I started drawing home floor plans, using my grandpa's t-square and drawing board. Of course, I always had a room in the house to work on the motorcycles I would own in the future.
Somewhere along the line, age 12 or so, I decided I just didn't have enough creativity. I saw amazing structures, and realized that they had existed in someone's head, and then were realized on paper, then in final form. I didn't think I had enough "art" in me. No one in the family was "artsy."
I had to move on to wanting to become a lawyer. Fortunately, that didn't work out.
But I still love architecture, and I even like drawing floor plans, and have done so several times (including the house I'm sitting in right now). And I'm a big admirer of architectural photography. I have said before one of my inspirations is Thomas Hawk (see this page) with his crazy-good SF images.
On my little mall trip, on Black Friday, one goal was to see what interesting architectural elements I could see and capture. This is a view almost straight up, shooting through a big opening in the second floor, looking at the ceiling.
See what I mean? Every detail you see there was divined by an architect. Imagined, engineered, built. Amazing. I love the geometric shapes, it's very organic. I used a Lightroom Preset called "Matt's Sin City- Dark Red" to knock out many of the tones, I wanted to have fewer tones and more emphasis on the shapes themselves.
Yes, I'm a better shooter of architecture, than a drawer of it.