The Oriental Warehouse

A charming period piece.

Located at 650 Delancy Street at Brannan, in San Francisco, the Oriental Warehouse has been beautifully restored and now does duty as residential condo housing. The preserved exterior loading bay doors remain in place, somewhat strangely supplemented by a modern stainless steel addition, and what better opportunity for some good old fashioned black and white?

The Oriental Warehouse. G1, kit zoom @ 31mm, ISO 320.

The dynamic range here is so huge I had to expose for the highlights in the steel door (the Panny’s sensor eagerly awaits any opportunity to burn our highlights) then brought detail back in the original oak doors by using the selective adjustment tools in Lightroom3, which detail was otherwise lost in the stygian gloom.

Here’s the story, courtesy of the little Panny’s built-in flash: