Posts tagged “Architectural Photography

Harsh

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It appears to be too expensive to avoid harsh brutal architecture these days. I am seeing more and more modern brutal architecture. At least in this view there is mix of media (steel and concrete), a window or two would have been nice.


Stairs (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes the shadows catch your eye. I find it takes more than one shot to get the framing right and even then I fiddle with the crop to capture the idea. Often I will bracket exposures and use Photoshop’s HDR function to meld the results, giving me even more latitude.


Distortion (Two Photographs)

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There are three types of distortion in photography that I think are of interest: lenses often have distortion (there is usually an in camera or post-processing fix that can easily be made); whenever we photograph glass there is a high incidence of distortion; and finally there is creative distortion in where you position yourself. You can take advantage of these distortions. These photos, while the focus is on the reflection, also benefit from other distortions of the glass and lens position.


Old is New (Two Photographs)

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I have photographed this window before and it has appeared on my blog before. Sometimes an urban subject is such that I return to it again and again, hoping to get just a touch better result that better illustrates my fascination.


Kaleidoscope (Two Photographs)

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It is always a challenge when you go someplace you have been many times to find a new take, a detail you missed before or a change warranting notice. I was walking towards this building which I have seen many times but it was recently renovated and the new windows made for a great kaleidoscopic effect.


Windows (Three Photographs)

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Windows have always held a fascination for me in photography. It’s often surprising the results you can get focusing on windows. The keystoning and and other things we need to correct to get a straight picture may be a bit of a hassle but the results can be rewarding.


Brutalism and Contrast (Two Photographs)

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With all my writing about contrast this week, I could not leave out one other observation. When it comes to photos with significant contrast black and white or colour are not at issue either one will do. However, one area for creative post-processing is in the luminance of the different parts of the photograph. It is possible to increase the contrasting light by adding or subtracting light with graduated software filters.


What Camera? (Two Photographs)

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If you have been asked what camera to buy or asked the question yourself, you are certainly not alone. It’s one of the most frequently asked questions. In my nature photography book I devoted a section to the question. While I love my Fuji XT for the street, I don’t think it can compete with Nikon D500 and 200-500 lens just yet. Mirrorless are coming along but the lenses are expensive. Many nature photographers use bridge cameras and don’t worry too much about the limitations.  In my view mirrorless are great for family, street, portraits, but DSLRs still rule most other areas like nature photography. That said the future is mirrorless. Fuji is hindered by a lack of third party lenses, but Sony, Nikon and Canon are coming along fast.


Jig-Saw (Two Photographs)

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I am a fan of reflections and this one reminded me of a jig-saw puzzle. I like the black and white conversion, the colour vision seems to remove some detail and focus for the eye despite the contrast.


Office Abstract (Two Photographs)

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I saw this window and the reflections in the marble and wanted to do something with the scene. It was only as I was leaving did I realize it was the anti-room to an office (how intimidating that must be for visitors). With film there was always grain, these days we remove noise and add grain if we wish. I think noisy photos, mimicking grain, are sometimes just fine.


Don’t Look Up (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes looking up is amazing and capturing that feeling in a photograph isn’t difficult. I took a direct approach, making the near symmetry in each photo work for me. The sun coming over the top of the building was perfect.


Montreal Windows (Two Photographs)

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Montreal is a a bigger, busier city than Ottawa and provided more opportunity and some additional challenges (like traffic) for my kind of city photography. Both photos are HDR, originally shot in B&W, processed in colour and filtered back to B&W.

 


Homes (Two Photographs)

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Shooting houses is an interesting opportunity to learn what a difference angle of view and other framing options provide. Years ago I was asked to shoot a house that might be rented for an exterior in a TV commercial. I was told they wanted it to look odd and a bit creepy. Great assignment for a teenager just getting into photography. I shot 12 sites I thought might work. I was amused when the people I was working for had a hard time choosing among three of the locations. From that and other experiments, I learned a bit about moody architecture shots, e.g. that the results depend as much on the foreground as the subject.


Simple (Three Photographs)

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I read an article that argued for simple photographs. The examples were not helpful in terms of defining simple. But I get the main point, sometimes the most simple compositions have an impact. In this series of windows, I kept it simple. Although I used Photoshop HDR pro to do all three from bracketed shots, the simple applies to the composition.


Brutalism or Compromise (Three Photographs)

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Brutalist architecture, like art nouveau or Bauhaus are loved by some hated by others. I am sure cost is a reason why glass and concrete are so widely used and more complex approaches are history.  Of these the standing pipe is a favourite of mine, the brutal windows are simply a bad example of modern architecture, and the wall etching too mechanical to be real art and just a distraction from glass and steel construction.


Antique Finds (Two Photographs)

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I took these shots with my Fuji XT-2 at an antique fair in an old barn. I have seen quite a few photographs like these, especially kitchenware in museum collectionssimple, detailed and concentrating on shape and form.