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Emeryville, California is across the Bay from San Francisco and for years suffered from the blight of old industrial plants strung along the freeway separating this community from the Bay. Of course, it was inevitable that all of the land right in the middle of the metropolitan region would be much too valuable to stand vacant for long after the aged operations came to a close. Over the last fifteen years Emeryville has been experiencing a renaissance and is quickly becoming one of the world's centers for biotechnology. I'll be posting a couple of photos taken at the research center established in Emeryville by the Chiron Corporation which was founded in the city decades earlier by three university professors. There also has been an explosion of commercial development as well as construction of four new hotels to serve San Francisco as well as the East Bay communities of Oakland and Berkeley.

The photo I'm posting today is of an office building recently constructed within an older neighborhood now being transformed by the renewed energy in this community. I was driving by when I noticed the striking facade of this distinctly modern building. Then I noticed the building's entry with the dramatic opening to the sky. Needless to say I got out of my car and started taking photos, one of which I post this evening.

I did a slight adjustment to perspective before adjusting levels, contrast and saturation and finally sharpening with USM. Then I cropped it and sized for upload to TE. As an experiment I'm employing some suggestions made by Yitzhak in the framing. The choices as to color and size of elements are my own, of course, so the fault belongs to me if this treatment doesn't work. Feedback is always welcomed.

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