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2018 Schedule - August Topics 16 Dec 2017 07:57 #4349

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Architecture
An image about a building currently or in the past intended for human occupation or use. It may be the interior or exterior or a small part of the building that displays architectural lines, angles or textures in a dramatic way.
Can be internal or external architecture. When photographing architecture, especially modern architecture, you can get away with using a much more modern, abstract style. Experiment with wide angle lenses to produce extreme perspective, or photograph the building from unusual angles. Also, because modern buildings are often squeezed in very close to one another, you can crop in tightly on the building without making the photo feel unnatural. It is not just about buildings, bridges and causeways etc.,
Do you want to show the surroundings? Sections of the structure?
Lighting is a crucial part of architectural photography. Of course we have no say over the position and orientation of a building, and lighting the building ourselves is usually out of the question (not to mention expensive!). Instead we have to make do with what nature provides.
Side-front lighting usually produces the best architecture photos. It provides plenty of illumination and also casts long, interesting shadows across the face of the building, making its surface details stand out and giving the building a more three-dimensional look.
Even the most boring architecture can come alive at night - in fact many modern buildings and city centres are designed specifically with night time in mind. After dark these buildings are lit by dozens of lights which bring colour and vibrancy, and cast fantastic shadows across the face of the building.
Reflected in Water
An image about a subject which is appears predominantly as a reflection in water.
Capturing a perfect reflection is harder than it sounds because any amount of wind at all will cause ripples and blur the surface of the water. Try and find still and calm waters
Ripples in the water are not necessarily bad. It just produces a different effect. You can get this effect by waiting for the wind to come up a little or just by using a longer exposure which allows time for the water to move while the shutter is open. Either way it will create a more abstract feel by adding texture to the water.
Look for reeds or other grasses sticking out of the water that can make a great abstract image.
The subject receiving the direct light does not necessarily need to be in the frame. Interesting compositions can be found if you leave the main subject out of the frame and only include the reflection in the shot.
To go even more abstract, find reflections of colourful subjects in rippled water. Don’t worry if you cannot identify what the main subject is.
Direct light on water creates glare – you want the direct light to fall on your subject which is then reflected in water which is in the shade. If there is glare, you can use a polarizing filter to reduce or even remove it.
Try using a graduated neutral density filter. Usually the reflection is a couple of stops darker than the main subject so you can use a graduated neutral density filter to even things out. If you don’t’ have one, you can always try the digital equivalent in Lightroom or Photoshop. But remember the reflection part of the image should still be slightly darker. If you make it as bright as the main subject the image will not look right.
Use a low angle to maximize the amount of reflection in the frame.
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