Architecture

Macro: Some Garages – And a Last Tip on Stability (Three Photographs)

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The garages clearly have nothing to do with Macro or close-up photography, they are just a series I wanted to post.

One way I make sure my camera is stable enough to get sharp photos, when hand-held, is that it is firmly held against my glasses. To do this I use an oversize eye cup on my cameras made by Hoodman, (I am sure there are other brands). A firm hold on the camera and well seated on your face with the eye cup, really makes a difference. Also the large cup blocks light and makes it easier to use other camera features.


Facades (Three Photographs)

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These were taken within a few blocks of each other, in one of the more photographic neighborhoods. I have done several facades on this blog, but these are the first where the word can be interpreted in more than one way. This is one of the things that make architecture/street photography interesting; the photographer and the audience get to be a little more judgemental than usual about the subject. I have walked past these places more than once, and their flavor did not really change with the different times of day, these were taken in the noonday sun.


Window Reflections (Three Photographs)

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In my meanderings about town this summer and fall I have found a few unique window reflections that struck me as fine modern art. Oddities, including reflections are favourite subjects of mine. Until the snow gets too deep, I’ll keep walking. 


All Art is Unique (Three Photographs)

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It is probably safe to say that the intention of every artist is to create something unique. Photography as an art is exactly the same, but outside of studio and scene work, we generally have a starting point to work from. Old buildings (see third photograph), can have a certain charm if they are not in your backyard. Many older buildings, specifically industrial ones had small windows. There is a certain resemblance to the paintings of Mondarin in the older weathered windows. Working with the texture, tone, colour, and framing, it’s possible to create something as unique as the original.

 


Light, Dappled and Shadowed, Shaken not Stirred (Three Photographs)

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Photography is all about light: quality, direction, etc. Every book on photography goes into this in detail, then moves on to time of day, studio lights etc. I think dappled light is underrated for the most part because it causes chromatic aberrtion in many colour situations and complicates exposure (because of the limited dynamic range of light cameras can see). Similarly, strong shadows can be interesting to work with. All good ideas worth exploring.

 


More on Making a Photograph (Two Photographs)

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This is a shot of a back alley mural, and my angle of view has put it into context, I am as interested in the mural as the sky and the buildings that frame it. It has been said more than once that one of the reasons Black and White is popular among photographers is that it takes more effort in post-processing to make the photos work. The character and detail that comes out in a monotone image as compared to color has a special impact. To repeat myself from other posts, I take all of my street photographs in black and white with my Fuji camera,when they are imported into my Adobe editing software it converts them to color. There are some things I prefer to do in the color version: reduce noise, sharpen, crop, get the exposure to a starting point before I convert it to B&W and make monochromatic adjustments, e.g. see if a color filter will enhance the detail. So yes there is more work in B&W, but the results are pleasing.


Making a Photo (Three Photographs)

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In an earlier post this week I wrote about why buildings fall backwards and distort when taking photographs of them unless you use a tilt-shift lenses or position yourself in an ideal if difficult position (that is dead center of the building which maybe many stories up). I also used the phrase “making a photograph”. Here I have totally ignored a few basics, the building is by no means straight and the colors are to some degree exaggerated (though the second photo except for sharpening is out of the camera, flare and all). The building has a Gotham-like design that I tried to accentuate. The making of a photograph means having an idea about the outcome when taking the photograph, implementing what we can in camera, and finishing it off in the editing phase. In this case the same venue afforded me several possible approaches, three of which are here.