In February, we challenged you to take a creative photo of your office building, sound stage, yoga studio, dojo, or other workplace. Sadly, we didn’t get any photos from the cockpit of a 747 (next time, anyone?) We did, however, receive a very eye-catching image shot by an observant photographer on his way out of the office. Congratulations to Daniel Sloan, whose winning photo is proof that vision trumps gear every time. Read on to hear from Daniel on how he made this image. 

Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer do you consider yourself?

I suppose I’d classify myself as a spirited enthusiast. While I love photographing nature as much as the next person, I get the most pleasure from capturing something that might otherwise be overlooked. I try to see life through a (figurative, usually square) viewfinder, which allows me to see patterns in everyday things that might not be noticed by others. I’m always composing, even if my camera isn’t in front of me.

Tell us a little about the image and how you shot it:.

I took this photo in my office building, late in the workday. As I walked down the stairs to leave, I noticed the dramatic shadows cast by the west-facing windows and a fellow employee deep in thought. I stopped, whipped out my iPhone, tapped to focus, and took the photo.

Tell us about the post production process for this image. What software did you use, what adjustments did you make (if any)?

I really enjoy using VSCO Cam for editing iPhone photos. It provides me with all the tools I need to put the finishing touches on an image. I generally lean toward color photography, but ultimately decided the colors outside the window drew attention away from the man at the computer, so I used the B5 filter for a low-contrast B&W conversion.

Where can people go to see more of your work?

Instagram is the best place to find me. If Instagram isn’t your cup of tea, I also post photos publicly to my Facebook profile.

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