Posts tagged “Urban Landscape Photography

Just There (Two Photographs)

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Studio and professional photography often involve finding a location for a subject to be shot in. Just that step can take a lot of time and effort. But there is almost always something “just there” on my walks, that rises to the level of classic photographic art. I am not alone, I seldom go a day in good weather without seeing another photographer on the hunt.


Window (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs, or edits of the same image are designed to make a specific point. I should not have to squint to figure out what the subject is in any photograph. But I often have to and that’s a problem.


Looking Up (Two Photographs)

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There is a photographic saying that you should look up, down and around and you may be surprised by what you see. Walking the streets with a camera requires a real wandering eye. I look for the unexpected, something different and am often surprised when I see it.


Home (Two Photographs)

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When I wonder about town I often find myself in residential areas and there is plenty to photograph. I like shots that make you wonder about the design or who lives there, their circumstances; you let your imagination go.

 


A Matter of Taste (Three Photographs)

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I like these shots or I would not publish them. One of the lessons I have learned in photography, is that no two people see things the same way or have the same aesthetic appreciation. I don’t expect everyone to choose their favourite among the three shots. I do hope, however, that one or more of these will have something in it for all (I call this the photographer’s prayer) :).


Brick (Three Photographs)

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I find patterns in brick interesting and I have shot a few series showing off some of these more intimate bits of the urban environment. In this case all three are in black and white ensuring the detail of the designs are front and centre. The colour versions will follow as they are part of the series, but they convey an entirely different story.


On The Edge (Two Photographs)

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I call this on the edge, but frankly it still amazes me to live in a large city and be so close to pristine nature. Sure the city has to some extent integrated nature into the city itself, but concrete paths are not natural. The beautiful nature reserves just minutes away are much better.


What’s Important? (Three Photographs)

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What’s important to me in photography is taking photographs I like, passing along ideas, tips etc. I am constantly trying new things in the field and in post-processing. I have no expectation that everything will work, or that they will have an appreciative audience. Success is measured in many ways and that is something I bear in mind in all my endeavours.


Mural (Two Photographs)

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I pass this mural often but only infrequently is it not obscured by cars. I like it because it’s hard to tell what is part of the mural or not. Composing a photograph that takes advantage of the mural but has context makes it your own take on what you see.


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.


Street (Two Photographs)

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I took this shot and realized that for some reason my white balance was completely off, but also realizing it would not have a significant effect on the black and white version if I used a blue filter in processing. With contrast, and exposure settings I was able to make this the drastic and somewhat odd photo you see in black and white.


Bird Mural (Two Photographs)

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On the same walk as the photos I took for yesterday’s post, I came across this wall art. While it’s beautiful in colour, my eye saw that black and white was better at capturing the quiet of the neighbourhood and the details in the building and street.


A Colour Photograph

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If it were not for the garbage on the ground it would be hard to tell if this was a black and white or colour photograph. What caught my eye was how the light hit the concrete and gave it some tonality.


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.


Contrast (Three Photographs)

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There is one thing I look for when doing city/street/urban landscapes and that is contrast. Contrast means I have a choice of colour or black and white. It makes the photo stand out that much better. In my view, color contrast, contrast between objects etc. make for great photos.


Urban Shadow (Two photographs)

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Shadows can be dark black and prominent or grey and muted, either way they make a great addition to street photography and urban landscape photography. Taken in Montreal around the Main.


Benches (Two Photographs)

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I am sure my collection of photographs of benches will never be a best seller, but I enjoy taking them and processing them. In this case I took a few liberties in the black and white treatment in choice of colour filters and contrast.

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Inuksuk (Three Photographs)

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The creator of this innovative piece gave it a common name of Noah. To me it looks like an Inuksuk, used by the Inuit to provide directions. In the far north you see them, often large and small and the symbol is on the flag of Nunavut. Here in an urban environment, using urban materials it made quite the impression. I’m a big fan of the alleyways of Montreal and their art work. My first post on WordPress was on that subject. In this case I took three photos of the installation before settling on the black and white you see here. I have included the colour shots just for interest sake.


Black and White City (Two Photographs)

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Black and white photography has as many styles and options as colour photography. Here I have done a photograph with a bit of dutch tilt (not something I am prone to using but it works here). The second photograph is a reminder of those old photographs of the forties with a lot of contrast. I must say the totem pole hidden behind tree and more visible by its shadow struck me as unusual. The photo was edited to remove signage.


Straight No.2 (Two Photographs).

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In Monday’s post I complained about the lack of straight lines. I have decided to give up and go with what I saw. These are the back windows of a hotel in broad daylight.  The results of the light, shadows and clouds is abstract and compelling. I am not sure that this works quite as well in colour.


Demonic Tea Party (Two Photographs)

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I came across this scene in a local garden thinking that it was kind of cute. Then I realized that all the crockery was just tossed about. At that point I had no idea what I was looking at. This is what I like about street photography, it makes you look and find interesting things, angles and ideas.


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.


Straight (Two Photographs)

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I think these photographs acknowledge that the concept of a straight line is in the eye of the beholder. It is the one of the most annoying things about processing urban photography, there are no straight lines. And while many photography courses remind you to keep your horizons straight, it is clearly not always easy.


Modern 2 (Two Photographs)

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Earlier this week I spoke of modern buildings being suggested as good subjects for black and white photography and how they can sometimes seem a little abstract. Here I have added other elements – reflections and refractions.