At first, I wished I was back in Ireland or Scotland, heading out on some great adventure, exploring old castles and cathedrals, and finding that perfect, interesting, historic stairway to photograph. I have many photos that would fit this description perfectly, but the object of a weekly photo challenge is to “keep shooting” – given all the limitations within a certain week, including location.
Given that I’m in suburban Chicago, I had to change my historical castle plan pretty quickly 🙂
Some of my family might recognize this stairway from the Renaissance Hotel where my niece got married. I thought this beautiful setting was perfect for their wedding portraits; with these steps lending a gorgeous backdrop to the wedding party.
From a photographer standpoint, I noticed the all-around windows, open glass ceiling, and the soft, diffused light in the lobby that resulted. I remember thinking I’d like to go back sometime and photograph this lobby from an architectural viewpoint.
I focused on showing the detail of the steps in-camera. In post-processing, I added pops of cool color to the aqua windows and green trees, for added compliment to the warmer tones of the marble. Luckily, the day I went was bright but overcast, which I think helped keep reflections from overwhelming the photo.