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UCLA's Powell Library | by kern.justin
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UCLA's Powell Library

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I mentioned the other day that I got myself kicked out of UCLA's Powell (College) Library for taking photographs - but not for taking this one. I headed a bit deeper into the reading room at first so as not to attract the kind of attention from the librarians that eventually got me booted. I noticed the really cool interior through the second floor windows while taking photographs of Royce Hall.

 

The brickwork in this place is really cool. Just like Harper Memorial Library, this place is built on a grand scale, but the brickwork and style are totally different! I use something called perspective correction a lot when shooting architecture - ever notice how you see photographs that make it look like the buildings are leaning? That leaning effect is called convergence and it comes from when the camera is pointed up towards the ceiling or down towards the floor. Sometimes that effect looks cool - other times you need a tilt-shift lens or some post-processing in Photoshop to make those lines straight again.

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Taken on March 9, 2010