ANGEL- The Making Of... / by Yuval Shiboli

This latest work features what used to be one of the most recognized buildings in the Tel-Aviv skyline. The LYN building (a.k.a Leumi Tower) is an octagonal office building located in the heart of the financial zone of central Tel-Aviv. Designed in the 1960's by architect Gershon Zippor. It's name is an acronym of the 3 streets surrounding it. Leumi Bank- the 2nd largest bank in Israel is headquartered in this tower (along with several other buildings in the area).

LYN Building

Photo credit: Michael Jacobson
(Click here for original)


While the the perspective and the composition where pretty obvious to me when I took this picture, the real fun was creating the "not from this world" look.

Here is the sequence of work along with a nice short vedio to recap:

Nikon D500, Nikkor 10-24 3.5-5.6 @20mm, 1/60s,  f8.0, ISO 100

Nikon D500, Nikkor 10-24 3.5-5.6 @20mm, 1/60s,  f8.0, ISO 100

B&W high key conversion with Silver Efex after crop and perspective control

B&W high key conversion with Silver Efex after crop and perspective control

8 different masks were required to get the final outcome: 1) Main mask for the windows in the "Building Layer" 2) Two separate Black masked over White layer pairs with shaped gradients to achieve the shapes in the windows and in the sky. 3) Five layers of Gradient Maps with shaped and gradiented masks to control the darkness and contrast of the tower.  

8 different masks were required to get the final outcome:
1) Main mask for the windows in the "Building Layer"
2) Two separate Black masked over White layer pairs with shaped gradients to achieve the shapes in the windows and in the sky.
3) Five layers of Gradient Maps with shaped and gradiented masks to control the darkness and contrast of the tower.  


Creating such images is pure fun and joy. Got questions? Want to learn more about my work? Feel from to drop me a line in the comments below.

... and stay tuned for more work to come soon.
Cheers,

Yuval