A Nostalgic View of the Hotel del Coronado
The Hotel del Coronado first opened in 1888 during a time when similar grand luxury hotels were being developed across the nation. The building itself is an all wood Victorian style structure and is one of the largest of its kind in California. From the 1920’s through the 1950’s it was a popular destination for dignitaries, celebrities and Hollywood movie stars. In addition, several movies were filmed here, the most famous being “Some Like it Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe. The Hotel has seen the roaring twenties, been through prohibition and has survived the Great Depression. This rich past during a bygone era is what inspired me to make the photo above.
How to get this type of shot
The photo was taken from the beach () facing the Hotel at high noon with a polarizer to both darken the sky and reduce reflections coming from the building itself and the sand on the beach. I used a f-stop of f/8 since this is where the lens is its sharpest, and I wanted to capture all the fine detail of the hotel. To finish the photo, I used a black and white treatment with an antique tint to give the entire scene a nostalgic feel.