#5 Crop to compose
The term ‘architectural photography’ brings to mind graphic images of the curves and corners of epic structures looming over cityscapes. However, when captured the right way, vast expanses of space can be just as arresting as overpowering architecture. Javier Serrano (500px.com/javierserrano) shot this image of a large ship when wandering around a busy port with his camera.
“I’ve been working in Kobe, Japan, as a Spanish and photography teacher since 2004. I love going out around the city to explore, as it’s such a friendly place. Eight years ago I was looking around the port and came across a ship from the Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation. The company’s employees were painting the hull of a 55,100-ton Panama-registered vessel called Navios Armonia (hence the big ‘V’ and ‘I’ in the image).
“I immediately knew that I wanted to capture the colour and vast scale of the scene before me, so I fired off a shot. However, when I got home and started editing the image I realised that the presence of water in the image wasn’t giving me the result I wanted. This final photograph was the result of cropping the original file, so the water in the lower part of the image was taken out. This gave a greater prominence to the red hull. I also found that the difference of colour tone along the ship’s waterline emphasised the composition I’d chosen.
“One of the most interesting things about this shot for me is the workers. They provide essential information about the scale of the image. Those two men look so small when compared to the massive vastness of the hull, which generates significant visual impact for the viewer.”
Above Use a combination of a telephoto lens and Photoshop’s Crop Tool to perfect your composition.