Archive for the ‘Urban’ Category

12 Shots to Inspire Urban Photography [Man-Made Landscapes]

20 Mar

Recently in the 2010 Photo Challenge, we were challenged to take a photo of a natural landscape – a landscape with no human intervention. Unfortunately living in Singapore and working, I found this really difficult to achieve.

Further reading, however, lead me to urban landscapes, which is differentiated from cityscape, architectural and candid street photography by Darren Rowse at DPS. He states in his article Photographing Urban Landscapes:

Urban Landscape photography is often gritty, it’s not always pretty and it can be quite abstract.

I’ve found that my attempts at “urban” tend to look cluttered and don’t really seem to have a focus or appear composed.  I’ve included some photos below that seem to reflect that abstract, gritty look and seem to have a clear composition or “purpose” to the photo.

In addition, I’m currently dissecting the following articles to see if I can achieve this. If you have any to share, please include them in the comments.

Examples of urban photography are below.

garbage faggot wedding by mugley

fridge bridge and a dirt track by s2art

night incursion by mugley

Fruit stand by Vince Alongi

Oh Barbara, quelle connerie la guerre... by still wanderer

Cuando desperté, la gente se había marchado. by grapa

seventh street by telmo32

Over the Footbridge by Stephanie Krishnan

Burlingham Mill - HDR by Andrew Stawarz

Window to an Abandoned Home by country_boy_shane

Una casa per tutti / One house for everyone #3 by * HugoPan *

Looking up by stephcarter

Seven Interesting Shots from Ho Chi Minh City [Travel Photography Tips]

27 Feb

Travel photography can be tricky, as when you arrive there are a number of things that can affect the types of shots that you want to take – portability of your gear, the weather, season and visit times, to name a few.

  • Mornings and evenings are often considered the perfect time for good lighting when taking photos. However, when you’re on holiday often you will not have the choice of when the perfect photo arises. You can plan visits to beautiful locations to cover these times in your travel schedule. And don’t forget to position the sun at your back, unless you are going for backlit lighting or starbursts.
  • If you are taking photos from a moving vehicle, you will need to consider motion blur – where images are blurred due to the relative speed of the vehicle you’re in, and the subject. Increasing shutter speed can assist in reducing this, if you wish to capture sharp photos. Also, wind down the window, if you can, or take the photo at an angle to the glass to reduce refection. Turn off your flash as well.
  • When taking photos in museums or at sites, make sure that you take note of any policies and pay the appropriate fees or get suitable permits. In museums you will often be taking photos in low light, so open up your aperture and slow down the shutter. A tripod is a must for this type of setting, and try and wait until the crowd goes as they will interfere with your lighting, probably get in the shot and possibly bump your equipment. Respect the wishes of the museum or the site – they probably make money to maintain the site from visitors and promotional materials. If they don’t want you to photograph it, you probably shouldn’t.
  • Consider the equipment you are going to take with you. You need to think about weight (and volume/space), as well as value. I mention this last point due to the fact that there is a chance that your equipment will be lost or stolen. A ‘good’ stock of lenses when travelling can be a 50mm lens (f1.4-2.8 min aperture), a zoom (f2.8-3.5 80-200mm), and perhaps a mid-range lens (eg. f2.8-3.5 14-45mm). A tripod is a must, and even a pocket tripod can be very useful. If you are staying in a hotel where the room or the safe is secure, you may have the option to take more equipment, and leave some in your room if you don’t need it for that day’s photography.
  • Researching your destination is important as it allows you to get an idea of the kind of mood, lighting and types of subjects you will be photographing. This will also help you with deciding the type of equipment that you will need. Ignorance is not bliss on these occasions and I have been guilty of this – only to be told by a fellow tourist 12 hours before I am going to depart that I missed a key site at the location.

There are a lot of great resources on the internet about travel photography – on preparation as well as the types of photos to take. Three good links are listed below.

  • 10 Travel Photography Quick Tips – good tips on what photos to take, how to make do without a tripod and zoom lens, framing and taking photos of people.
  • – Travel Photography 101 – how to deal with uninteresting sky, creating relationships between subjects in the frame, and other composition techniques. Basically this looks at telling a story with your photo, not just capturing the image of an object.
  • National Geographic Travel Photography Tips – these guys are obviously the bees knees of travel photography, and they detail how research, a good notebook and recording the reasons that you visit a location can be key to the images that you capture. It advises that you go local, look around, spend extra time looking, feeling and using all your senses to capture the true experience of the location you’re in. Obviously they say it better than I can – check out the link above as well as the Quick Tips.

Now for some shots of one of my favourite locations – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam).

Panning shot, Pham Ngu Lao. by * etoile

Saigon Street by Lucas Jans

Violet Smile by hudry (sur le départ....)

Ben Thanh market by Ultrapop Design

Soliloquy by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

Quan Am Pagoda,Cholon, Saigon by lecercle

This Guy Loves His Dog - Vietnam by Stephanie Krishnan

TV at local pasta place [2009 Day 307 + Nov Challenge Day 3]

03 Nov

TV at local pasta place, originally uploaded by ozlady.

Killing 2 birds with one stone here – this is a television used to advertise the local pasta place near my home. Photo taken and edited completely on my Nokia N86 8MP for both the 2009 Photo Challenge and the November Challenge 2009!

Busy day, so sometimes you have to take the shots where you can find them!

2009 Challenge – Day 56: Concrete

25 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 56: Concrete (1)I had trouble deciding which one to submit today so I submitted two!

The one to the immediate left I am calling “Concrete Stairway to Heaven.” I have deliberately overexposed this a little to see if I could make it a bit more interesting… I have been reading up on techniques where overexposure is used deliberately, so I tried my hand at it here. There is actually a window up there with shutters!

I was about 2cm off including a cigarette butt in the photo – but that would have ruined the ‘heaven’ effect!

My other shot is also overexposed deliberately.

It is a concrete drain, which I then used the tutorial at DPS to fiddle with duotones to see if that makes it more appealing.

I think the additional colour works well, and adds a funkiness to the picture that wasn’t there as a straight black and white or colour image.

Do you have any favourite images from Day 56 of the 2009 Photo Challenge? Check out Flickr photos with the 200challenge and concrete tags.

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 56: Concrete (2)The building materials has been a challenging topic so far.

I haven’t come across some of the materials – concrete seems to be the most prolific in the areas that I frequent in Singapore!

2009 Challenge – Day 53: Brick

22 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 53: BrickThese are my favourite shoes.

A lot of homes in Singapore are brick covered with concrete and paint, so you mostly can’t see the bricks themselves. I found a few gardens line with bricks, and other odds and ends, however I was standing in a line to draw some cash from an ATM and just looked down.

This is what I saw – paving bricks! And my favourite shoes, of course!

I don’t know – this just works for me and may be my favourite of my photos from the challenge so far.

2009 Challenge – Day 50: Black & White Water in Motion

19 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 50: Water in MotionIt rained today and I took advantage of the over-flowing drains that often occur around Singapore.

Again I came up against the challenge that colour draws our eye to the subject more that you would think (refer to Day 48 for notes on this). I took a series of close-ups on this  drain, however succeeded in capturing only photos that looked like grey concrete.

I’ve had a comment that this is very Escher if you remove the top of the photo where the railings are. Perhaps I should have cropped it.

2009 Challenge – Day 46: Black & White Light Streaks

15 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 46: B&W Light Streaks (Crop 2)This is actually a crop of the original image. Actually, it’s a crop of a crop! I had taken another one of the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, but as is pointed out in the comments of that photo, it lacked balance, and the more I looked at it, the more I was unhappy with it.

This caused me to look at some of the other images that I took, and this one jumped out of me and caused me to crop it, as I am starting to realise a trick of black and white photography – it’s about the contrast between the light and the dark. That may be an obvious thing, you might think, however when you are looking down the lens at a coloured photo, you sometimes lose the sense of the shadows and contrast that can make a great black and white photo.

This is merely my opinion, based on what I like to see in black and white photos – the ones that draw my eye – but I think I’m going to work on this a little more in more of my black and white photos for this week. And it helps to take the photo in black and white, even though I know I’m losing some of the versatility of the image.

2009 Challenge – Day 31: Horizon

31 Jan

2009 Challenge - Day 31: HorizonSingapore doesn’t have many horizon shots that you would normally experience on a day-to-day basis. It’s very built out. I invented my own horizon for this shot in the parking garage – a single shot on the way to meetng my husband.

More information on the 2009 Challenge available here.

January Challenge: Storm Over Town Centre (Jan 20)

20 Jan

January Challenge: Toa Payoh with Storm Clouds

I pointed this contrast of busy, colourful street and grey, stormy sky out to my sister-in-law and she said snap it! So I did. I hope you like the contrast as well.

To see the rest of my January Challenge photos, check the “January Challenge” category here on my blog or visit my Flickr Set.

January Challenge: Basement Ceiling (Jan 16)

16 Jan

Basement Ceiling

This was taken in the basement of a golf club. It didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted – I was trying to capture all the diagonal lines that were criss-crossing across the roof.

To see the rest of my January Challenge photos, check the “January Challenge” category here on my blog or visit my Flickr Set.

A Visual Feast

My very own interestingness…