Posts tagged “Architecture Photography

Juxtaposition (Three Photographs)

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It often strikes me walking down a street that the less than perfect public spaces are more interesting than the contrived or planned ones. For the photographer who still sees interesting shape and form in the latter, it takes more effort in choosing what is in the frame to make it stand out.


Montreal Windows (Two Photographs)

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Photographs like these are taking me longer and longer to process as I struggle with perspectives (it would nice if things started out a bit straighter). And of course contrast, and how to deploy it is also challenging. It’s worth it for the results.


Montreal Buildings (Two Photographs)

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I am very pleased with both of these shots, the details show in the staircases; the tonality shows the contrast between new and old. The slight tilt adds impact. It takes a while but when you can predict the final outcome, photography is a lot more fun.


Old Mansion, Montreal (Two Photographs)

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Magnificent in mono or colour. This is one of those cases where either you want leading lines to focus on the door making it the focus, or on the stonework and edifice as much as the door. In this case either works and it depends on your preference for colour or black and white. The choice is yours.


Spaceship (Two Photographs)

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The black and white is the final product though the colour version has its appeal. The idea for the photo hit me when I was experimenting with a wide-angle lens. Lenses in the 10-35mm range allow for creativity in perspective, angle of view etc. A little known fact is that you can focus quite close with most wide-angle lenses. The standard wide-angle is 24mm, for street photography 35mm. With a 20mm and down the exaggerated optics become more obvious. By the way the photo is of a skylight in a modern building.


Shadows (Two Photographs)

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Fall light, harsh angled light creating interesting shadows. I could not resist taking these shots trying to isolate the subject from the world around it (a cross walk and busy sidewalk). XT-3, HDR Pro, Photolemeur, and Tonality CK, just the right mix.


Wall Art (Two Photographs)

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If someone created this it would be called art but it’s probably all natural. So much the better, weather generated art. Infrastructure aging not gracefully perhaps but certainly in an interesting way. Just for the record I will give it dignity and call it wall art.


Mailboxes (Three Photographs)

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It seems my catalogue has a significant number of photographs of mailboxes. I am not sure why I take so many but very often the boxes have some unique style or special lighting. As I weed through them I will post more.


Little Things (Three Photographs)

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We walk past the little things; those things the song says we won’t miss until they’re gone or broken. Urban environments are full of this kind of mechanical sculpture. I may take many similar photographs like this but few survive the cull.


Modern (Two Photographs)

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On this blog I have said that I am no fan of the modern glass and concrete towers that increasingly dominate the skyline. This is mostly because looked at straight on there is not much to them. It takes reflections, clouds and a view from a certain angle to make them interesting.


Refections (Two Photographs)

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West Block on Parliament Hill reflected in the windows of the Bank of Canada Building. Shot in black and white, processed in Adobe standard colour. HDR bracketing and reprocessed in black and white.


City Landscape

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I wanted to try my HDR technique on modern buildings. It worked well, with a few issues concerning very tiny details I decided to remove. There is still a school for the wild HDR that focuses on colour tones. But I think that going a more natural route works nicely for the things I like to shoot in town.


Windows (Two Photographs)

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I came across this wooden house just off the downtown core of the city. From my perspective the place looked western and to best capture that I shot a portion of the side of the building where the trellis and windows were the highlights. A piece of the whole telling a larger story.


Modern (Two Photographs)

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I saw something like this in a magazine. I suspect they used a tilt-shift lens to make sure everything lined up ( special manual lens that allows you to change perspective in camera). But I doubt, from experience, that anything lines up these days. Perfect lines just don’t exist. Just as no two balconies mirror one another. It struck me as an interesting view on life.


Beating the Photo Blues (Two Photographs)

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Every so often you get out with your camera and for one reason or another see nothing worth shooting. It happens to us all. One way out is to decide to shoot something plain and simple, mundane and ordinary. This is about as normal a house as I can imagine, candy striped awnings etc. Like finding the perfect flower, finding something generic may prove a challenge but that’s the point; as is getting a good shot. Two of the most expensive photographs in the world are of supermarket aisles and a child’s bike. My intention is not to make a million dollars but to do what I set out to do, in this case architectural photography.


Doors (Three Photographs)

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On my walks I cannot resist doors, few of which end up meriting processing but a few stand out for their creativity, style texture etc. My fascination probably lies more with the quirky designs than what might be behind the doors.


Mondrian Driveway

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I was walking and looking for back alleys with interesting things to shoot when I found this small, but extraordinary driveway. The first thing I thought of was the painter Mondrian, but this is a simpler bit of work, still wonderful and amusing. It’s nice to see someone takes the worst part of a building and does something to make it better.


Another Example of Contrast (Two Photographs)

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They built a modern glass and steel high-rise condo beside an old store. Age is one of the contrasting features. The second contrast is in the colour version between the new grey and old brick. The third is in the detail and texture between the buildings in black and white. Both photos were processed the same but one was converted to black and white with a green filter. What I like about this is that given all the different kinds of contrast, the eye tends to linger on photos like these.


Chairs (Three Photographs)

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If a photography student complained to me that they could find nothing to photograph, before flunking them, I would tell them to take a selfie. I agree sometimes the mood doesn’t hit and you are otherwise absorbed making things difficult for photography. Familiarity with a place sometimes blinds us, but it can help us see changes and anomalies that make great photographs. I could go back to this deck to re-shoot the chairs but the likelihood of them being stacked like this and the light being right are almost nil. I’ll go back for other reasons.


Architectural Detail (Two Photographs)

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This is the ramp at the Ottawa train station. The golden colour caught my eye, and the potential for a great black and white shot came to mind. A bit abstract but interesting. I used a set of bracketed shots to get all the detail I wanted as well as to be able to control the shadows. I am very pleased that it is possible to do realistic shots with the new versions of HDR software.


Street Art (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs could only be done in colour. The striking thing about them is the way in which the art stands out in spite of all the injurious things around it. I can only applaud the growth in quality street art, and the artists who work around all kinds of obstacles, while still managing great work. Most of the artwork I see does not last long before it is replaced by another piece of art.


Montreal Windows (Three Photographs)

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Even with a 16mm lens it was hard to get a straight shot at these windows. Montreal is full of small details worthy of a photograph or two. My wife and I based ourselves on the Main (St. Laurent Boulevard) and worked the streets and alley ways in an area we had not looked at in a while. We will have to go back.


Murals (Two Photographs)

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I was recently in Montreal, walking about taking photographs I came across this development and saw these murals. They are definitely out-of-the-way and off the main streets. Besides showing pride in community, at least one of the murals may show what the neighborhood looked like before modern developers arrived. I have tried in both photos to place the murals in context and not just show the murals alone.


Brutal Urban Landscape (Two Photographs)

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These are somewhat abstract but the subject is brutal urban landscape or just plain brutalism, with just a hint of the natural. How they sell this architecture is sometimes confounding, though I am sure it helps with snow removal. My take on the scene was to make use of the lines and shadows, it was a way I thought that would make this scene interesting.