The prodigiously prolific street photographer Gary Winogrand once said "I photograph to see what something looks like when it's photographed." What he seems to have had in mind is that a photograph captures details, juxtapositions, and interactions that the photographer may not have noticed when taking the picture, but which (if the photographer is lucky) change an ordinary scene into something special.
The three photographs below have a purpose similar to Winogrand's, but with a techie slant: What does a piece of architecture (the atrium of Nils Hasselmo Hall at the University of Minnesota, where I have my office) look like when it's photographed using the "dramatic tone" art setting on my Olympus XZ-1? Pretty interesting, I think: warm, vivid, and somewhat strange, even a simple brick wall.
I just got the seasonal Eddie Bauer catalog; a lot of the clothing photos in it look like they've been touched by a similar technique.
(Click photos to enlarge them.)