Port­fo­lio re­view

Loui Sidlovszky draws on his train­ing in land­scape and doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy to cap­ture tow­er­ing ar­chi­tec­ture

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The ex­perts ad­vise one reader on tak­ing his pho­tog­ra­phy to the city lim­its

My first cam­era was a Nikon F80. In 2002 I trav­elled around Egypt and felt I needed to learn more about pho­tog­ra­phy, so the fol­low­ing year I went on a land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy course. I re­turned to study in 2006 and learned about black and white doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy. Iron­i­cally, it was at this point that I started us­ing dig­i­tal cam­eras.

My first D-SLR was the D70s, which I used for shoot­ing sport events, but re­cently I re­turned to land­scape and have tried ar­chi­tec­ture pho­tog­ra­phy, which draws on my pre­vi­ous stud­ies. Be­cause I’m shoot­ing more fre­quently now, I up­graded to a Nikon D800, which gives me much greater con­trol over the de­tails when shoot­ing ar­chi­tec­ture. I am very much still learn­ing ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy.

In 2015 I had the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Dubai. It seems to me that the only things that peo­ple as­so­ciate Dubai with are sandy beaches and the lit-up

sky­scrapers at night, and I wanted to shoot some­thing dif­fer­ent [1].

I re­ally love the lines that ar­chi­tec­tural pho­tog­ra­phy can pro­duce, so I spend a lot of time pho­tograph­ing in Lon­don. In big­ger cities most peo­ple seem to walk along with their heads down, and no-one no­tices the mir­a­cles above their head. I turn my cam­era up­wards and pho­to­graph what’s al­ways there, but

In big­ger cities most peo­ple seem to walk along with their heads down, and no-one no­tices the mir­a­cles above their heads

hardly any­one sees. I try to com­bine this per­spec­tive with a longer shut­ter to cap­ture the move­ment in the clouds above the build­ings.

N-Photo says

Loui, your pho­tos are a good demon­stra­tion that when you put your mind to pho­tograph­ing some­thing, you can come away with great re­sults. It’s very en­cour­ag­ing for our read­ers to see that study­ing pho­tog­ra­phy pays off.

Your Dubai shot [1] com­bines sev­eral com­po­si­tional tech­niques, which we’re very im­pressed with. The first tech­nique that most pho­tog­ra­phers learn about is the rule of thirds – break­ing up your im­age into thirds and plac­ing points of in­ter­est along one or more of these lines or line in­ter­sec­tions. The pin­na­cle of the Burj Khal­ifa is framed by the win­dow you’re shoot­ing through, and both the cen­tral part of the sky­light and the Burj it­self fall roughly on thirds, which we think is ac­tu­ally rather clever. The Burj Khal­ifa tow­ers 828 me­tres high, and fit­ting

that height in a hor­i­zon­tal frame can be dif­fi­cult, to say the least, un­less you go su­per wide-an­gle or walk miles away. Us­ing the win­dow as a frame re­ally works well, as it en­ables you to cut out a lot of the Burj Khal­ifa in a cre­ative fash­ion, while show­ing the viewer enough of the build­ing to be able to iden­tify it. The cir­cle at the cen­tre of the sky­light at the top left of the frame bal­ances the vis­ual weight of the Burj Khal­ifa.

Your shots taken in Lon­don are strong as well. The one look­ing up at the space where three build­ings meet

[2] again shows bril­liant skill in bal­anc­ing vis­ual weight, and a cre­ative ap­proach to fram­ing. It would have been quite easy to aim the cam­era straight up, get the build­ings per­fectly straight and level across the frame, and take the shot, but here you’ve tilted the frame to make a di­ag­o­nal path of sky from the top-left to bot­tom-right, which makes the shot more dy­namic as the viewer’s eye ‘slides’ down that di­ag­o­nal. The an­gle also makes us think of the roads and paths be­neath the build­ings – it clearly shows where you can walk through, but with a sim­ple sky back­drop. It might be in­ter­est­ing to see this photo taken at a longer shut­ter speed to blur out the stray cloud that was there, but it looks like there weren’t enough clouds on the day to do this. Over­all, some very im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­tural shots. Your stud­ies have cer­tainly paid off.

The Burj Khal­ifa tow­ers 828 me­tres high… Us­ing the win­dow as a frame re­ally works well, as it en­ables you to cut out a lot of the Burj Khal­ifa


1 Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, f/7.1, ISO200 2 Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO200

3 Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO200 3

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