Ar­chi­tec­ture meets street pho­tog­ra­phy

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Trav­el­ling is what I love, so I orig­i­nally took up pho­tog­ra­phy to cap­ture mem­o­ries of all these amaz­ing places I was vis­it­ing. It was an on-and-off hobby for a few years that I was only re­ally in­ter­ested in when I was out of the coun­try vis­it­ing some­thing new. Then, in 2012, I de­cided to take pho­tog­ra­phy more se­ri­ously and fo­cus on fine art ar­chi­tec­ture, mainly long ex­po­sures. Af­ter a while I re­al­ized I was look­ing at build­ings in a new light and fram­ing ev­ery city scene I came across – I’d made the change from a hob­by­ist to an artist.

I own two Nikon cam­eras: a D810 that I like us­ing for city, sea and land­scapes as it brings out some fan­tas­tic de­tails in my ar­chi­tec­ture pho­to­graphs; I also own a Df that is ideal for walk­ing around the city shoot­ing street be­cause it’s smaller than the D810 and has great ISO ca­pa­bil­i­ties that I find to be in­cred­i­bly use­ful.

I’ve been en­joy­ing shoot­ing ar­chi­tec­ture for a few years now. More re­cently I’ve started tak­ing more street pho­tos.

As an artist, I at­tempt a more graphic street photo than a re­portage pho­to­graph. Bring­ing a strong ar­chi­tec­tural as­pect to street pho­tog­ra­phy gives it so much more, as a piece of vis­ual art. I try to cre­ate com­po­si­tions that don’t rely on a hu­man ele­ment, but I find adding one lifts the pho­to­graph to the next level. I tend to find a com­po­si­tion I like by tak­ing a few pho­tos with­out any­one present to see if it works. Once I’m happy, I wait for the right per­son to en­ter the frame.

This won­der­ful church has tall aisles that can only be shown off by hav­ing a per­son

in the shot [1]. The build­ing is so well de­signed, it has light flow­ing through the large win­dows, light­ing up the de­tails in the brick arches. Shoot­ing hand­held in­side I needed to have a high ISO for this photo. Dur­ing this trip I was shoot­ing on the D810, it’s a ca­pa­ble cam­era, but I would’ve pre­ferred my Df with me for this one – I think it’s bet­ter at han­dling noise. In­stead, I had to use a wider aper­ture and a high ISO.

When I orig­i­nally vis­ited the lo­ca­tion in my first shot I was dis­ap­pointed to find the win­dow blinds were open [2]

– I was un­able to get the pho­to­graph that I wanted. In­stead, I tried play­ing with the shapes of the area to show the vast scale. I re­vis­ited the lo­ca­tion later in the year and the blinds were this time shut as I wanted [3]. The jog­ger run­ning past the huge win­dow helps to show the scale of the struc­ture, while I still used the won­der­ful shapes to show the beauty of the build­ing.

The City of Arts and Sciences is a pho­tog­ra­pher’s play­ground with so many won­der­ful, mod­ern-look­ing build­ings [4]. De­signed by one of the best liv­ing ar­chi­tects, San­ti­ago Cala­trava, the com­plex has op­por­tu­ni­ties for pho­to­graphs ev­ery­where you look. The shal­low lakes cre­ate re­flec­tions of the bright build­ings and the Span­ish sun lights them up while cast­ing nice shad­ows.

I tried get­ting all these el­e­ments into the photo while in­clud­ing hu­man pres­ence. The per­son in the frame shows the scale of the build­ing and the re­flec­tion makes the build­ing look even big­ger.

Bring­ing a strong ar­chi­tec­tural as­pect to street pho­tog­ra­phy gives it so much more

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32 ShapesNikon D810, 50mm f/2, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO500

4 B-eye-kNikon D810, 18mm f/2.8, 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO100 4

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