iconic sights & re­flec­tions

Find an orig­i­nal an­gle in a fa­mil­iar scene to cre­ate more ab­stract images

NPhoto - - Night Vision -

Some­times build­ings are so iconic it would be a crime not to cap­ture them in all their glory. Take London’s Houses of Par­lia­ment here, seen from across the Thames – the splen­dour of the ed­i­fice and the re­flec­tion in the river make for a scene that any­one with a cam­era would find im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. And that’s part of the prob­lem. It can be hard to find an orig­i­nal take on a scene that’s been done to death. Shoot­ing the struc­ture at night is one op­tion, as the build­ing is de­fined by its own lights and those sur­round­ing it, with­out the dis­trac­tion of day­light. But if you want to go fur­ther, why not turn your at­ten­tion to a part of the scene and ex­clude ev­ery­thing else for some­thing more orig­i­nal?

Look at the way the light­ing af­fects dif­fer­ent parts of the scene in our shot. You could, for ex­am­ple, zoom in to iso­late one of the flood­lit facades, the shape of the roof against the dark sky, or the de­tails in the brick­work. If you want some­thing a lit­tle more mys­te­ri­ous, look for de­tails that, when iso­lated, trans­form the build­ing into ab­stract art. Here we fo­cused on Big Ben’s re­flec­tion in the Thames, turn­ing one of the most recog­nis­able struc­tures in the world into an ab­stract ar­ray of colours and shapes. It’s a fun chal­lenge you can set your­self that forces you to think beyond cap­tur­ing the post­card-per­fect scene. It’s not for ev­ery­one, but it can reap re­wards...



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