I've written before on how using Google Earth is a great way to explore a city, and can even be used to create compositions directly (find that post here).
One of Houston's most interesting buildings as observed from the sky must be the Astrodome. It has a circular shape with lots of rectangular windows in a triangular pattern on the roof. Here's how I took Google's image of the Astrodome, and processed it to create an almost abstract image to emphasise the shapes and geometries of the architecture.
- Overlapping screenshots of the structure were taken and then stitched together in software to create a high-res image.
- Distortions are present because the satellites are not exactly over the building when the images were taken. This was easily corrected in Lightroom or Photoshop.
- To get the super-contrast effect, the image was converted to black and white by reducing the saturation. The levels were then narrowed so that the black and white points are very close together.
- The image was cropped to square so that the Astrodome appears very dominant in the center.
- Lastly, spot healing was used to remove distracting elements from the image.