Posts tagged “Urban Landscape

An Imperial Balcony

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Urban photography is my term for finding wonderful things on local streets.


Stairs and Shadows

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Shadows and light, a background of burnt sienna bricks and a fire escape.


Oddities in a Window

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If I had a window like this you would amazed at what you would see!


Abstract Window

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Windows can be amazing!


If All Else Fails

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If all else fails throw paint at the wall, it’s worked for some.


Garage Door or Canvas

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Art and design seems to find its way even in the back alleys.


Nature Will Out

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Wherever opportunity arises nature takes its course.


Creeping Shadows

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Almost ominous, the shadows travel across the wall.


Confusion in the Shadows

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Shadows sometimes fool the eye as to what is real and what is not. Here the vines and shadows fight for attention.


What Lurks Above

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Shadows are an essential part of photography, they make people beautiful, buildings ominous and give nature a bit of random texture.


Decay and Patina

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Older buildings in the city age in an interesting way, and their patina and decay form part of the visual fabric of the city.


Modern

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Modern art and an over designed park.


Chiaroscuro in Colour (Two Photographs)

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I showed these same photos in black and a white a week ago. They also work in colour, but in this case the shadows, for example, do not have the same impact as they do in black and white. In my view colour or black and white is often a choice, and both might be just as pleasing.


Urban (Two Photographs)

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My urban photography is not per se landscape photography, it’s what some photographers call intimate landscape photography. The idea is you single out and frame interesting elements of the urban environment, in the case of the doorway some soft focus helped show the transient nature of a blank wall in today’s cities.


Wall Flowers (Three Photographs)

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I liked the background and the cascade. It’s a story told in three parts – urban, natural and artistic, almost abstract. The everyday contrast and often remarkable sights one finds deep in the city, need to be cut out by the photographer. Moments in time immortalized for the edification of others.


Purpose (Two Photographs)

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I may have shot this scene before but with the door open and with people in it. Just a lovely bit of scenery. I wanted to do it justice in both colour and black and white, though my preference is the black and white, given the detail and texture.

 


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.

 


As Intended (Two Photographs)

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When I do window display shots like these my first thought is that this is not what the window designer intended. My angle and my choice of what to shoot, changes the intended display into another form of art. Window displays are sometimes works of art that have impact on viewers, much like photography.


That Political Look (Two Photographs)

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There is a restaurant with two statues on the roof that I believe are meant to represent the Blues Brothers. I was walking by and it looked like an East German politician giving a speech. After many masks, Luminar’s A.I, Sky Enhancer, Photolemur and a bunch of other tricks in my software package I got the mood I was after.

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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.


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.


A Restaurant (Two Photographs)

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I was trying to use Luminar 2018 for B&W as well as HDR Pro in Photoshop at 32 bit. The results are not bad for black and white photos and it may be a process I will use again.  Skylum is putting all of its efforts into Luminar. Noiseless, Tonality and Intensity CK, programs I use on a daily basis, are now legacy programs not to be updated. Noise reduction in Luminar appears no different than Lightoom and there is no replacement for the filters I use in Intensity CK . So I am trying out all of Luminar’s tricks before even thinking about looking for an alternative.


Chairs

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This is part of an art installation on a major shopping street just a bit above where the busy shops are found. They are functional as well as art (though being metal I guess they would be very hot or very cold in our weather). I thought I’d add a bit of my own style to a part of the scene.


More of Montreal (Three Photographs)

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There are parts of Montreal where everything is covered in street art or graffiti. I haven’t the slightest idea what is behind the doors, nor for that matter do I understand the writing in the graffiti. I found the colour overwhelming, so I did these in black and white, which I think gives a better idea of the details.