As winter dawns, trees become a great tool to frame up pictures, add texture and depth, while not taking too much attention from the subject.
Trees make this image by texturing the sides and otherwise repetitive building, the fence frames up the base and helps purvey depth and distance. The canal leads off slightly right of the centre, this is very much on purpose, according to the Golden Ratio which I very much like, slightly off always feels better than dead centre. Plus, avoiding dead straight perspectives helps my pictures show a little more realism, it humanises the image and hints at the eye behind the lens.
This is from early in the shoot, I'm trying to play with reflections here, I like how it came out - I had to make a choice whether to go higher up and loose detail in the water to get more building or cut off a lot of the building, I prefer this where I cut off a lot the building evenly both above and on the water.
My eyes are drawn about a third in where the bridge meets the wall, which aligns with the closest face of the long building behind the bridge - There's a strong contrast at this point with the shadow under the bridge and textures of the wall, while the pale textureless building behind seems out of place but definitely makes this photo by framing up the image, offering that contrast and helping to purvey the depth captured under the bridge.
'By Canal, By Bridge, It's A Classy Shape' Low dramatic angle, loved this building, wanted to show off it's unusual lines and depth.
The national theatre on south bank, I tried to use long exposures to dramatise the light, the corner is lined up and framed by the rocks on the floor and the parting in the trees. The line of light from a passing bike was actually by accident but it gave a lovely reflection along the left path which is another converging line to the viewers eye. It also gave a bit more light to the trees which was great for depth as well.
'The Turtle Cube' This building looks like a turtle... But beautiful shapes, I tried to emphasise the gloom of the grey and straight edged shape of the turtle building (that looks like a dinosaur on the other side) and the vibrant and well lit red spiral staircase. I think it's a nice contrast in the image, also pulling from the aim for dramatic angles, I think I achieved a very Berenice Abbott perspective here!
'Big Foot' I thought I'd try to be a bit more dramatic with my angles in my architectural photography, this was my first shot at it and by chance I feel it came out strong, the window lights form a nice pattern, the building fades out nicely, and the over exposed street lights behave uniformly and become a part of the image.
'Exit 4' I really like the behaviour of shadow and shape in this image, that's what I was going for with a starting theme on passageways (Note the neat door way that the image flows toward). I hope to get better at taking pictures of shadow, this is just my best so far. The use of shadows in B&W at a Barbican exhibition motivated me.
'Spooky Legs of Spook Light Doorway, Lost in City Forest' I'm so avant garde
Well, this is a bridge in Bristol... So, not London. But, all city's in England are basically just inferior sub-divisions of London anyway right ? So like, no problem it being on this board. (It's not like I don't want to make a new board for one image or something silly like that)
I think there's a lovely contrast between these two buildings, they almost look cut and paste together, and they way they seem tilted as well makes the composition more interesting.
Off the bank of the Excel Custom House to the East, really beautiful spot, but I was in a rush, will have to go back, there always great shapes at a pier.
I really like the three different ages of style portrayed in this one simple shot.