Architectural Photography with the Alpa 12 SWA with 38mm Super-Angulon XL (中文)

The Alpa 12 SWA features extensive lens shift, viewfinder with spirit level and rectilinear etchings, and smooth shutter release. The camera should therefore be ideal for architectural photography requiring major perspective control, even when use of a tripod is not feasible. In fulfillment of this expectation, the images on this page were photographed hand-held with an Alpa 12 SWA with Schneider 38mm Super-Angulon XL lens. The requisite Center Filter IIa, requiring 2.5-3 f-stop exposure compensation, was used for all images.

An asterisk (*) by the shutter speed indicates the camera was rested on a stationary surface or against window glass. Vertical perspective control was achieved solely through the camera. Images have not been digitally retouched except where as noted.

 

click to view image   Jefferson Building
Fujifilm Pro 400H
1/125 sec, f14
20mm lens rise
Horizontal perspective digitally adjusted.
Street sign digitally removed.
click to view image   Construction craft fair at National Building Museum.
Kodak Portra 800
½ sec, * f11
15mm lens rise.
click to view image   Modernist office building
Kodak Portra 400
1/60 sec, f13
24mm lens rise.
Horizontal perspective digitally adjusted.
click to view image   Modernist office building
Kodak Portra 800
1/250 sec, f11
22mm lens rise.
Horizontal perspective digitally adjusted.
click to view image   American Red Cross Building
Kodak Portra 400NC
1/125 sec, f16
23mm lens rise.
click to view image click to view image   Livingston House in azaleas in early morning sun.
Kodak Portra 400VC
1/60 sec, f11
20mm lens rise.
Digital conversion to black-and-white.
click to view image   World Bank
Kodak Portra 400VC
1/125 sec, f16
23mm lens rise (maximum shift in vertical orientation)
Overhanging streetlamp digitally removed.
click to view image   Fairmont Hotel
Kodak Portra 800
1/15 sec, f8
10mm lens rise with 8mm lateral shift.
Person sitting on couch digitally removed.
click to view image   Agency headquarters, Washington DC.
Kodak Portra 400
1/60 sec, f11
22mm lens rise.
Area under upper building overhang digitally dodged. Overhanging streetlamp and protruding automobile digitally removed.
click to view image   International Monetary Fund
Ilford 3200
1/60 sec, f11
8mm lens fall
Debris on ledge digitally dodged.
click to view image   Metro station, Washington DC.
Kodak Portra 400 (digital conversion to black-and-white)
10 sec,* f8 (camera rested on concrete bench)
18mm lens rise.
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click to view image   Art Deco Entryway
Kodak Portra 800 (digital conversion to black-and-white)
3 sec,* f11
2mm lens fall.
Extensive digital retouching including dodging, burning and replacement of burned-out ceiling light.
click to view image   National Association of Broadcasters Building
Kodak Portra 160NC
1/60 sec, f11
10mm lens rise.
Photographed from second story of adjacent building.
click to view image   Yellow brick overlooking café,
Kramerbooks & Afterwords.

Kodak Portra 800
1/30 sec, f16
21mm lens rise.
Hot spot in far upper left digitally darkened.
click to view image   Corporate atrium and reflecting pool.
Kodak Portra 400VC
½ sec, * f11
8mm lens rise.
click to view image   Broadcast facility and transmission towers
Kodak Portra 400
1/60 sec, f13
23mm lens rise (maximum shift in vertical orientation)
click to view image   Café Bonaparte and shops.
Kodak Portra 400NC
1/125 sec, f16
15mm lens rise.
click to view image   Café Bonaparte close-up from image above through virtual drum scan of negative.
click to view image   4 Times Square in hazy mid-morning sun.
Fuji Reala 100
1/30 sec, f16
20mm lens rise.
Steel girders in shade digitally strengthened.
click to view image   Garages in open shade.
Kodak Tri-X 400
1/30 sec, f11
12mm lens rise.
click to view image   Garages close-up.
click to view image   National Gallery of Art, East Wing.
Kodak Portra 800
1/15 sec, * f11
8mm lens fall.
click to view image   Rockefeller Center in drizzly overcast.
Ilford 3200
1/60 sec, * f16
20mm lens rise.
Canvass cover in lower right digitally darkened.
click to view image   Office building, c.1932,
aside traffic underpass.

Sheer height: photographed from
a distance of about 120 feet.
Velvia 100 pushed ½ f-stop.
1/30 sec, f11
22mm lens rise.
click to view image   Cutler and MCI buildings, Washington DC, aside Murrow Park on an early spring morning.
Fuji Provia 400
1/125 sec, f11
26mm lens rise (maximum shift in horizontal orientation)
Horizontal perspective digitally corrected.
click to view image   Restaurant back entrance in moderate overcast.
Kodak Tri-X 400
1/60 sec, f11
3mm lens fall; photographed from elevated platform.
click to view image   Regency House apartments, Washington DC, in moderate overcast.
Kodak T-Max 400
1/60 sec, f9.5
20mm lens rise.
click to view image   Renovation and construction.
Kodak Portra 400VC
1/125 sec, f11
22mm lens rise.

 

National Museum of the American Indian in early-morning sun

National Museum of the American Indian in early-morning sun.
Kodak Portra 400VC
1/60 sec, f16
20mm lens rise with camera tilt.
Upper rim of building digitally darkened about one f-stop.

 
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