Posts tagged “Urban Landscape

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.


Stairs and Doors (Three Photographs)

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Montreal has a thing for wonky stairs and doors, making for a lot of great photography opportunities. In the first shot you are looking through a spiral staircase, in the second you see a traditional set of stairs leading to the upper story apartments. In the final colour shot you can see two homes were merged and this lead to an interesting adjustment to the door.


Montreal Doors and Street Photography (Three Photographs)

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Quebec has strict laws on photography and privacy. You can’t photograph people without permission unless they are a very minor and unimportant element of the photograph. I am sure not everyone in Quebec would know the law or wish to enforce it but it’s not worth the trouble to mess with local laws. So in Montreal I have basically stuck to photographing the urban environment and enjoying myself. I’ll be going back for more and shooting in another neighborhood as soon as I can.


Montreal Doorways (Three Photographs)


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Doors are endlessly fascinating and I note a number of groups on the internet share photos of doors on a regular basis. I like the way doors age, break up the geometry and are slightly mysteriouswhen one tries to guess what is just beyond them.


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.


Back Alley (Three Photographs)

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We live in town with only a few back alleys. These are from the better of the lot. I think back alleys have a certain draw for photographers because there is so much detail, things out of place and almost everything creatively weathered. In larger cities I have seen more than one photographer in the same alley looking for something unique. In this series we go from the hyper-modern to the old and tired.


Manikins (Three Photographs)

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Ona walk I saw these and took the shots with my Fuji XT-2. The photo above was taken in an antique shopat ISO 12500 (it would not look as good blown up). In addition I used Adobe Photoshop “select subject” and created a mask of the face, so I could lower the brightness of the background slightly. Two more of my “walk about” photographs.


Modern With Trees (Two Photographs)

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The title is a satire of some of the titles of photographs I see in museums. They either say too much or too little. With respect to the photos, the first is of a giant tea kettle with a small conifer that is supposed to rotate, but hasn’t since the kettle was put up. The second is of a commercial building also with shiny bits that back onto a park. In both cases I chose camera angles that I thought would make these shots have the most impact.


Toronto (Three Photographs)

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These were taken in 2015 on a short trip to Toronto. In the absence of good weather and good subjects, I continue to go back through my catalogues to see what gems I could find. Big cities provide a lot of details worth shooting.Moreover two of these three shots, while wonderful in colour, had that level of contrast that in my view showed better in black and white. I don’t know how I missed these, my tastes must be changing.


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.


Numbers (Three Photographs)

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I took these in chrome colour setting in my Fuji camera, and I processed them in adobe standard colour. This resulted in this almost pastel colour scheme. It’s colour that I think gives a cold day character. I have used this numbers theme before and it seems a useful and interesting way to look for things to shoot. It gives a different perspective to the urban landscape, scenes not normally considered photogenic.


A Story (Two Photographs)

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Walking the streets taking photographs you sometimes come across a scene that tells a story. Maybe even more than one. In taking this picture I did not notice the writing on the wall, I was after the carport and bike combination. Except for my toning down the brightness in the hole in the wall during processing, the Fuji handles scenes like this quite well.


Abandoned? (Two Photographs)

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This building has been like this for some time, though I think its days are numbered. It’s on a major artery and I stood back as far as I could. Waited for a pause in the street and pedestrian traffic to get a clean shot. I doubt I am alone in a fascination with a building that looks half abandoned and cracking in the middle. It’s opposite a photography store so the chances are its been used for a backdrop many times. To some degree photographers are responsible one way another to document things and before it goes I wanted a shot of this building that has long intrigued me.