The Wave

I honestly cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen this structure shared on social media and on the internet. After some research, I found out that it was located in Birmingham. As much as I wanted to capture it, I couldn’t find other fascinating architecture that interested me enough to justify the expense for the visit.

But when the opportunity came, there was not way that I could pass it up. I jumped into a taxi that took me to the location that also happened to be a massive shopping centre. Luckily, it was a Sunday and since everything opens around 11:30am, I had little foot traffic earlier that morning. The downside was that light that day was simply dreadful. It was extremely sunny, ten minutes later it was cloudy. Due to the material used on the surface of the building, the sun came with the worst reflections which made it a complete nightmare.

With no return planned in the near future, I decided to set up my camera and hope for the conditions to change. After the clouds shifted and covered the sun, I put my ND filter in place to capture the first images. Even after stacking and ND10 and ND 6, I still only required only seconds for the exposure to be completed.  Unfortunately, the resulting imaging were just not what I wanted so I had to wait.

After waiting for about 20 mins when the clouds covered the sun, I triggered the release and waited. I repeated this again and again until I got the what I wanted.

The edit carried out was dictated by the image captured. After the selections were carried out, I worked on the sky and darkened it bringing attention to the form instead. As for the structure, I used luminosity masks to work on the light available darkening the very edge closest to the eye. I also dodged while following the natural curve of the structure to help the eye glide naturally along the building.

The Wave © Pamela Aminou


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I am a photographer currently living in London. Most of my work is in black and white because which I've found to be the best outlet to express myself. With patience a rather unique way of seeing the beauty around me, I enjoy creating a world that is unique to me.

3 thoughts on “The Wave

  1. Pamela, I love your work. Especially the last (big) image is great. I realy wonder, how you create these intese images. I’d like to see a before and after image

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