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Portal is a conceptual composite of my own imagery that I created with the intent of playing on the mind's perception of perspective and reality. The skysc...
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Portal is a conceptual composite of my own imagery that I created with the intent of playing on the mind's perception of perspective and reality. The skyscraper is the beautiful Two California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, while both the plane and sun flare were shot in my back yard in the high desert. This image is part of my larger Vertical Reflecions series, which you can view in its entirety here: http:--www.kapuschinsky.com-vertical-reflections.html
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anitaselvog
 
anitaselvog April 16, 2016
Nice shot!
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kapuschinsky April 28, 2016
Thank you!
krsreddy158
 
krsreddy158 April 28, 2016
Pure ART!
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kapuschinsky April 28, 2016
Thank you so much:)
PhotoAngler
 
PhotoAngler May 01, 2016
how many frames to get the perfect timing of this shot ...Awesome Shot
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thank you!
kaitedensphotography
 
kaitedensphotography May 16, 2016
The symmetry is superb. A great black and white
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thank you so much, Kaite!
Ericawphoto
 
Ericawphoto July 11, 2016
Amazing shot!
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thanks, Erica!
normamartiri PRO+
 
normamartiri July 14, 2016
Wow magnificent capture and composition!
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thank you!!:)
jenna_kramer
 
jenna_kramer July 29, 2016
this is my favorite photo i have ever seen on the website! great shot love your work(:!
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thank you, Jenna! That is so kind of you.
karenlewis_3354
 
karenlewis_3354 August 07, 2016
Simply stunning!
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thanks so much, Karen!
alejandracerecedo
 
alejandracerecedo August 14, 2016
this is one of my favorite photos of all time! congrats!
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kapuschinsky August 14, 2016
Thank you so much, Alejandra!
alejandracerecedo
 
alejandracerecedo August 14, 2016
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 18, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
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kapuschinsky September 11, 2016
Thank you!
leanncmoser PRO+
 
leanncmoser August 19, 2016
Amazing shot! Absolutely beautiful!!
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kapuschinsky September 11, 2016
Many thanks, Leann!
Frozen_Time PRO+
 
Frozen_Time August 23, 2016
Excellent image, the plane gives it a great focal point.
bretthondow
 
bretthondow August 29, 2016
This has to be one of the best leading lines photographs ever! Well done.
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kapuschinsky September 11, 2016
Thank you so much for your kind words!
christoferenarsson
 
christoferenarsson September 07, 2016
did you even shoot this frame? good manipulation!
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kapuschinsky December 25, 2016
Thank you! Yes, all components of the image were shot by me. The skyscraper is Two California Plaza in DTLA, and I photographed the sun flare and airliner in my back yard in the high desert.
znikon
 
znikon September 09, 2016
Amazing shot and great job placing the plane . What software did you use?
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kapuschinsky September 09, 2016
Thank you so much! All my images are edited in GIMP.
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Maustincpt September 17, 2016
Awesome work of art.... beautifully done! Congratulations on your win.
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kapuschinsky December 25, 2016
Thank you so much! That means a lot!
barbraclercx
 
barbraclercx November 29, 2016
Wow!!!
Candracuan
 
Candracuan November 29, 2016
It's amazing capture
Rusty1uk
 
Rusty1uk December 15, 2016
WoW
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FredericMONIN December 20, 2016
Great B/W !!!
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BobbyBorgia
 
BobbyBorgia December 23, 2016
Good time Good place, congrats...
LissyBee
 
LissyBee December 31, 2016
Love Everything about this shot :-)
Akirungi26 PRO+
 
Akirungi26 January 03, 2017
AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG SHOT. WOWWWWWW
johnwojciechowski
 
johnwojciechowski January 08, 2017
Love it!
Chono_Wolf
 
Chono_Wolf January 15, 2017
Lucky? huh.... How many attempts on taking this shot?
williamatkinson
 
williamatkinson February 04, 2017
Talk about leading lines! Superb
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kapuschinsky February 04, 2017
Thank you so much, William!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair February 05, 2017
Stunning work!
JulieAnnNewell
 
JulieAnnNewell February 21, 2017
Wow
bathsalt
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
tomquinn
 
tomquinn March 03, 2017
Nice composition. Also, thank you for being up-front and honest about the composite nature of your photo Far too often, I see photographers purposefully lead viewers to believe they were there at just the right moment for a great "capture." All that said, nice, clean compelling image!
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kapuschinsky March 29, 2017
Thanks, Tom! Yes, there's a fine line between fine art and not-so fine deception! So glad you like it:)
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole March 14, 2017
Amazing capture!! Congrats on your People's Choice Award!!! : )
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kapuschinsky March 29, 2017
Thanks so much, Pamela!
Msfuzzel
 
Msfuzzel March 20, 2017
Cool shot!
YDSpitek PRO
 
YDSpitek March 20, 2017
Amazing capture.
BrianAA
 
BrianAA March 28, 2017
Great EDIT.
lindapersson
 
lindapersson March 29, 2017
Brilliant composition!
kschatterbox
 
kschatterbox April 06, 2017
awesome timing!!
moremdm PRO+
 
moremdm April 07, 2017
This is a very thrilling capture!!! Congratulations!
Deb_As_Is PRO
 
Deb_As_Is April 30, 2017
Breathtaking!!
MsElaine
 
MsElaine May 17, 2017
Wow!!
kendrabharrell
 
kendrabharrell May 19, 2017
Fantastic!!
Happy_Dayz_Imagery
 
Happy_Dayz_Imagery May 20, 2017
Awesome capture!!
Marcpen
 
Marcpen May 27, 2017
Brilliant composition
carolebradley PRO
 
carolebradley June 09, 2017
Love it the angle spectacular
ferenczistvan PRO+
 
ferenczistvan June 11, 2017
Amazing ...keep going ;-)
Sywhar
 
Sywhar June 16, 2017
Inspiration
jasonslack_9064
 
jasonslack_9064 June 18, 2017
This has to be a composition right???
carolerickfiori
 
carolerickfiori July 06, 2017
Stop!!! Amazing!!!!!!
timothyimmanuel
 
timothyimmanuel July 27, 2017
Omg, left me speachless
chipmunk1959
 
chipmunk1959 August 15, 2017
Fantastic Image
acglock PRO+
 
acglock August 30, 2017
Genius pairing!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 22, 2017
Absolutely stunning!
petertomsett
 
petertomsett October 09, 2017
Wow, love the leading lines and scale, well done ????
Rayormy
 
Rayormy October 20, 2017
Whoa!
neilseymour
 
neilseymour January 08, 2018
Wow
non_dairy
 
non_dairy March 24, 2018
Awesome
epix
 
epix May 07, 2018
great one!!!!!!kickassss!!!
falsparsh
 
falsparsh June 05, 2018
this is really fantastic, award winning ???? click. i would be obliged to know was aircraft merged in frame or did you shot in I single frame?
jaredsimpson
 
jaredsimpson December 20, 2018
Mesmerizing. Absolutely my most favorite image ever seen on this site
erniefiripis PRO+
 
erniefiripis December 29, 2018
Perfectly Timed - Awesome Light Compilation -
roelraadsen
 
roelraadsen April 12, 2019
Like a magnet! Superb!
speterson6
 
speterson6 April 26, 2019
Amazing concept and execution...Love it!!
cenksarvan PRO+
 
cenksarvan December 03, 2019
Nice shot . Very interestig
koolv PRO
 
koolv December 03, 2019
Wonderful shot ,I would’ vote a thousand times if I could .......
debasish_pal
 
debasish_pal December 04, 2019
awesome shot
dinahumphreys PRO+
 
dinahumphreys December 10, 2019
I love this photo!
LaGaleriaDeJMO PRO+
 
I love it, with your permission I will put it in my “Masterpiece Composition” collection of my profile. ;-)
arifjaffer
 
arifjaffer Jun 13
love this!

Behind The Lens

Location
"Portal" is actually a conceptual composite of my own imagery that I wanted to play on the mind's perception of perspective and reality. The skyscraper is Two California Plaza, one of the gorgeous twin towers atop Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. I shot the sun rays in my back yard in the high desert, and the photo of the jet happened quite unintentionally: one day last March I was watching the Thunderbirds perform for the annual LA County Air Show in Lancaster. Our house was only a few miles away from Fox Airfield, and I was patiently waiting to get a decent shot of them flying overhead in formation when I caught this airliner cruising right above me instead:)
Time
All images were shot at high noon, or soon thereafter. I know lots of photographers tend to shy away from the harsh midday sun, but living in Southern California, I quickly became accustomed to shooting in hard light, just because there was so much of it so often!
Lighting
Skyscrapers look incredible in any sort of light, and the varying types can really enhance the mood you are going for. Shooting on a cloudy or foggy day will add a great sense of mystery. Backlight will give deep shadows and frame the structure, further adding to their massive grandeur. Hard light will reflect and highlight all the differing textures at varying angles, showcasing the many characteristics of the building. If reflections aren't what you're going for, you can minimize them by using a polarizer. These types of filters are also helpful when photographing sun rays, as they lower the exposure and darken blues. Keep the aperture narrow, the ISO low, and the shutter speed fast.
Equipment
All images were shot on a Sony a700; I used my Minolta 28-70 f2.8G and Marumi circular polarizer for the skyscraper and sun rays, and the jet was shot with my 70-210 telephoto.
Inspiration
I've always had a fascination for architecture, in particular towering skyscrapers. Their sheer size alone is breathtaking. When we lived in Southern California, we would often visit Downtown LA so I had lots of opportunities to photograph them. On this particular day, as we strolled around the abstract sculptures and art that surround the exterior of The MOCA, I glanced up at Two Cal Plaza. Beams of light cascaded down its sleek steel and glass facade like an inviting pathway to Heaven. I snapped a few photos and we rushed down the hill to catch The Redline for our commute home. Fast forward to post processing, I had the image converted to black and white, but felt like it was lacking. Often being one that likes to create imagery that causes the viewer to stop and think, I decided to expound on this inviting otherworldly portal by adding the jet where the lines merged- a sense of closure further emphasized by the sun rays, which also balanced the entire composition by adding natural leading lines in the negative space of the sky. Leaving the jet in contradictory position to the direction of the "portal" was a subliminal way exemplifying our conflicting perceptions of reality.
Editing
All editing was done in GIMP; once each component was separately converted to black and white, I assembled the composition, flattened the layers and did the fine tuning as a whole.
In my camera bag
I'm both a minimalist and nostalgic at heart so I shoot solely with vintage Minolta glass on my Sony gear. My 28-70 f2.8G goes with me just about everywhere because it is a great walk around lens. I like to throw in my 70-210 f4 "beercan", in case I find myself shooting macro or portraiture. The lens is as old as me, but it has bokeh unlike any I've ever seen. Other than that, I've got my trusty 50mm 1.7 prime, a Sony HVL f56AM for artificial light, and various types of filters.
Feedback
I'm a notorious rule breaker with my lifestyle and portrait work, but when it comes to architectural photography, it's pretty important to play by the books. This genre weighs heavily on composition, balance and symmetry in order to draw in the viewer's attention in a satisfactory manner. It's a natural tendency to want to fit entire buildings into the frame, which is fine- wide angles are great for this- but a closer crop with strong leading lines at interesting angles can be just as beneficial in portraying the utter magnitude of the structure. Additional components such as clouds, planes and birds can strengthen the composition by adding focal points that will further enhance depth. Also try long exposures with a tripod to create dramatic motion blur in the sky. Just be sure to use a Neutral Density filter to keep the shot from becoming over exposed. Anything to pull the eyes in and lead them upward.

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