Day 66 – Old Scona   9 comments

Affectionately known as “Old Scona”, the Old Strathcona High School began teaching young minds over 100 years ago in 1908. In the early years, it was also serving up University of Alberta courses upstairs while the university was still under construction. The school was built in the Edwardian Classical Free style (said to be a blending of elements from Greek, Roman, and Renaissance architectures) in 1907.

The school has an excellent reputation. It has been recognized as one of the best high schools in Canada. It’s also reportedly one of the top International Baccalaureate schools in the world. They have about 350 students in their care in any given year.

This is a panorama of five HDR shots captured just as the sun was about to drop down behind the top of the school. Each HDR is bracketed by two EVs. HDRs were processed in Photomatix Pro. I then assembled them into a panorama using Hugin. In Photoshop I made some exposure corrections and blended back in the texture in the sky that was blown away by Hugin (wasn’t happy about that). After some further exposure adjustments to get the snow closer to where I wanted it, I put it through the Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 plug-in to convert it to black and white.

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9 responses to “Day 66 – Old Scona

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  1. Let me be the first to say WOW! Thank you for sharing not only this great image but how you achieved it. Great job Mike!

  2. I’m learning just how much work goes into a great photograph. Thanks for the information.

  3. Great Photo! The sepia style is nice.

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  5. This is a beautiful photo. As the new principal of Old Scona I would love to purchase a copy.

    • Hi Dee, I’m sure we can sort something out. Can I suggest you drop me a direct message on my FB Page (link is on the top of the links list on the left side of this page)?

      Cheers,
      …Mike

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