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This is another picture from my 3rd session at CTBA. I had a cloudy and windy day, that I love to take pictures of skyscrapers due to effect of the transient light on the glass surfaces of the buildings.This frame is identical to one of my 1st series ’cos then I took only +1,0 -1 expoures and handheld, so I was not happy with this picture due to the lack of sharpness and so little dynamic range of the exposures.
Torre de Cristal (Spanish for Crystal Tower) is a skyscraper in the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid (Spain), completed in 2008. With a final height of 249.5 metres, it ranks as the second tallest building in the country after neighbouring Torre Caja Madrid. In April 2007, its structure surpassed the height of neighbouring Torre Espacio, for a while becoming the tallest building and structure in Spain.
It was designed by César Pelli and it was built by Dragados. The Torre Espacio (Spanish for Space Tower) is 236 metres (774 feet) tall and has 57 floors.
In November 2006, its structure surpassed the height of the Gran Hotel Bali, thus becoming the tallest building in Spain. The structure was topped out on March 19, 2007. On the night of that day, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, mayor of Madrid, attended a ceremony with fireworks to commemorate the event. With its 236 m, it also became the tallest structure in Spain, surpassing the telecommunications tower Torrespaña. Torre de Cristal, one of the neighbouring skyscrapers under construction at the Cuatro Torres Business Area, surpassed the height of Torre Espacio in April 2007.
The building project was featured on the Discovery Channel’s Build It Bigger series due to the skyscraper’s unique form and shape.
It was designed by American architect Henry N. Cobb, a partner in the firm Pei Cobb Freed, and built by OHL (Obrascón Huarte Lain). In 2009, it became the new home of the British Embassy in Madrid.
Canon EOS 450D | Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6 DC EX HSM @ 10 mm | f11, 1/60s, ISO 100.
Picture from 3 exposures on a tripod Manfrotto 055XPROB + 322RC2 Joystick Head @ [-2 EV .. 0 .. +2 EV ]
Lightroom for catalog > Photoshop to generate HDR file> Tonemapped at Photomatix 4.0 > Color Efex Pro + Noiseware + High Pass filter Sharpening technique at Photoshop CS5.