Perfect symmetry. It's how we define beauty, but photography tends to shy away from it. Here are 19 pieces of proof that symmetry really is beautiful.
Winner: The Beer Can Building
When this challenge was announced, I knew exactly what I wanted to shoot. I've taken a lot pictures of this building, and even submitted one to a previous Shooting Challenge. This is Tampa's Rivergate Tower, known locally as "The Beer Can Building". To get the inverted perspective, I took the shot laying down, looking straight up at the building. While the building is an exercise in symmetry, the individual pieces of the limestone facade have all become faded and stained to differing degrees. This adds a nice random effect to counter the symmetrical construction. I shot the picture in black and white on my Nikon D3100 set at 1/60 sec, f/29, ISO 100, with a 18 -55mm lens @ 50mm. In Photoshop CS5, I rotated the image 0.5 degrees, cropped the edges after rotating, and adjusted the exposure and contrast just a bit to make everything pop.
- Matthew Zarzeka