John Magnoski Architectural & Fine Art Photography
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Photo of the Day 8/24/2018

Sometimes you get lucky...

Hudson Hospital Exterior Study • Designed by  Perkins + Will

Hudson Hospital Exterior Study • Designed by Perkins + Will


I was recently commissioned to photograph four St. Croix River Vally hospital locations for Health Partners in Minneapolis, MN.  The location featured in this Photo of the Day (POTD) is of the newer addition to the Hudson Hospital which was designed by the fabulous architectural firm Perkins + Will.

The light was perfectly caressing the building's exterior and surrounding landscaping as it began to set, and of course, was changing quickly.   I was already set up for the wide-angle 'hero' shot with my primary camera (the Fujifilm GFX 50s) and couldn’t afford to miss out on that image but was enamored with so many other little vignettes of the building’s entrance that I grabbed my little Fujifilm X100f and began capturing those images as quickly as possible in order to return to my primary camera for the moment I was waiting for.

After wrapping up the shoot I backed up the files to my hard drive and realized that in my haste to photograph the vignettes I had forgotten to set my X100 to capture in RAW - doh!  Instead, it was set to JPEG Medium (approximately 12 megapixels in size) and was set to the Classic Chrome film profile.  For client work, I always shoot in RAW to give me the maximum file quality and dynamic range and use the film profiles as a starting point for my finish work.  

However, after reviewing the images, I was pleased that those files need nothing more than a little retouching as the colors, contrast, and detail are all great - with the image above being my favorite.  Keep in mind that the photo above is straight out of camera with zero retouching.

As I said, sometimes you get lucky.  ; )