Buffalo Milk CompanyNiagara St. & Massachusetts Ave. Corner There are many ways a location ends up on my photo op list. This time around, when I saw the news and online articles that this beautiful building might soon be no more, or at least not at its current full form, I put it at the top of the list to make sure I beat the demolition crew.
Weather reports for an early morning looked good with no rain at least until noon. When I got into my car well ahead of sunrise it was completely overcast with a drizzle. It was too late to abort plus rain and architecture often mix well. By the time I arrived on location there was no rain and the cloud layer thinned out a bit.
Capturing the architecture of Buffalo is definitely something I enjoy a lot. I like the look of if and I like learning more. Every time I bring back some architectural photographs I hit the internet, and sometimes more old-fashioned printed resources, to learn more about the history behind.
Knowing the building might not be around for much longer also pushed me towards more than just a standard shot. I wanted to get a high resolution photograph with plenty of pixels to be able to correct the perspective and to have abundant detail even for large prints. I photographed 4 overlapping rows of 5 overlapping photographs each that I later stitched together for 150+ megapixel photographs of both the corner perspective as well as the frontal head-on.
While this stitching is relatively easy these days, it's not as easy on the DSLR as it is on a smart phone. I certainly don't leave the location with one giant raw image but rather a series of images that have to be processed and stitched, then the perspective corrected. That adds a lot of overhead and sitting in front of a computer, not a favorite activity of mine - too much of that already. I am actively considering more old-fashioned alternatives that would allow me to spend more time on location and less at the computer, but more on that at a later time.
Buffalo Milk Company, Niagara St. Front Facade, Buffalo, NY
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