I was invited to be a part of a project to photograph a variety of historical buildings and places in Spokane for the National Trust for Historic Preservation with the Spokane planning committee. Each photographer involved is assigned a building to photograph and mine was the American Legion building downtown.
At the time I didn’t know anything about this particular building so I went online and did a search. I came across some interesting information on this website about it being the original Spokane Club, it had a fire that destroyed the roof in 1939, which was replaced with the flat roof that you see today, and that the building went under a major restoration and remodel in 2003. The building gained some attention for housing the home offices of Mitchell Jensen and Associates, the psychological consulting firm which designed and supervised a CIA interrogation program.
I’ve driven by this building several times and never knew that it was the American Legion Building, but I’ve always admired the architecture of it. I even took a quick photo of it this year while waiting to start Bloomsday and thought, “that would be a great building to photograph”. So it was a really pleasant surprise to be assigned this building to photograph for the Historic Preservation project.
The afternoon of the shoot I was also excited, because I got the “ok” get on the roof of a downtown building. It was great having the opportunity to get a shot from that perspective as well as from the ground, so I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out.
This was also my first time trying out a photo process called HDR, high dynamic range, where you take multiply shots of the same image and merge them together and adjust them to the look desired which creates details in both the highlights and the shadows that you typically can’t achieve with just one image. Below are the shots that I took from both angles with two different HDR effects applied.
They both are the same building, but completely different views and looks. I like both for different reasons, so I thought I would post them both and see what you think. I like the first for the warmth and brightness as well as the view of the buildings and mountains in the distance. Then I like the second for it’s moodiness and texture in building. So which one do you like best?