Yup, it’s round number three here at the home of My First Travel Photos (a.k.a. You do Get Better) (a.k.a. Self-Embarrasment 101)..and this week is
Ah yes, buildings. Sometimes the angle and light bouncing off the surface, the intricacies and nuances built into the stone, wood, and steel can harmoniously come together to create amazing and beautiful photographs that really capture the essence of the architecture. And sometimes you end up with photos like these:
Want to get a cool shot of a regal looking museum or government building (I honestly can’t remember which one this is), then you should always stand BEHIND the random sculpture, making sure to obscure the door. Want to make it even better, make sure to just stand and shoot, cutting off the bottom half of the sculpture so it just looks like a giant blob. Do this, and no one will notice your lopsided horizon line.
So you found a cool house with a tree growing out of it? better stand across the street and not wait for the cars to finish passing. Also, don’t try to expose it so you can get a good view of the inside of this tree-home, cause where else would the tree be coming from? The back yard? Bollocks!
Not super bad, but next time maybe I should try exposing the film correctly, avoiding that wooden beam blob thingy in the bottom, front-right, and perhaps backing up a little so I can not cut off the surrounding houses at a weird angle. Because I know where I was when I took this (on someone’s roof of whom I so graciously trespassed crashed a dinner party was invited to photograph from) and it was pretty high up and far from that spire. To get this, I had to be using my zoom lens. I don’t know why.
When photographing beautiful buildings, you should always try to capture their grandeur by cutting off the top of the building while making sure there is a giant umbrella in front of you, like this.
Cars – the other umbrella.
This is one of my favourites…. Mosque spire on one side, church tower on the other, and safety work lights smack in the middle, all against the overpowering white sky. Brilliant!
Dark doesn’t scare you! You go ahead, take that photo girl!
Here’s a cool building. Too bad there is absolutely, nothing else, going on, in this photo. ‘
Trees and telephone wires – adds a little something (called crap) to any cityscape photo.
And I leave you all with:
Thanks to all the telephones, trees, and umbrellas that made this post possible.
Stay tuned for next week’s issue of MY FIRST TRAVEL PHOTOS if I don’t forget about it between drinking rum drinks with little umbrellas in them on the beaches of Cartagena. (*squeal*)
Otherwise, I’ll see you in 2 weeks for either DOORS, SCULPTURE, or LANDSCAPES. I haven’t decided yet.
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.