Like many major metropolitan areas, the historic Ybor City section of Tampa is pretty quiet in the early morning. You will find a few people arriving for work at one of the local handmade cigar factories, restaurant workers setting up for the day or those still cleaning up from the night before. It’s a great time to walk around the streets and check out some of the colorful sights of this Cuban-influenced area.
Capturing a specific architectural detail or element can often say more about a location than a wide, all-encompassing shot. This image from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for example. This section of a staircase is located in a massive open area that covers two floors. Rather than try to photograph the entire area, I selected an interesting element and angled my shot to include some detail of the upper floor ceiling tile work. The result is an image that highlights some of the unique architectural elements in this cool building.
In case you haven’t noticed, I love shooting windows and doors. Unlike many other parts of a building, windows and doors actually interact with the building occupants. Age, wear and alterations can offer some insight into the past.
This door leads into an open courtyard in St. Augustine, Florida.
Tech specs:ISO-50, exposure time: 1/100 sec., aperture: f/4.5, time of day: 3:43 pm