After coming back to live in Toronto and living outside of Canada for the past 12 years, I feel like I am a newcomer to this city I have always known as home. It feels odd to come back to a place I was once so familiar with and suddenly feel like a stranger.
Now that I am more submerged in the photography culture, I am looking at the city in a whole new perspective. I am involved in social media networking with like minded people. People who share similar photography interests primarily through Instagram, Flickr and more recently 500px. Through these media outlets, I slowly began to follow people mostly from the cities I have lived in and cities I have visited that are most familiar to me. I slowly began to become reacquainted with my city. I wanted to find where the best places to shoot were and educate myself on the newly developed areas of Toronto.
Achieving an architectural photography image that invokes excitement with the viewer can be extremely challenging. The following are tips that have worked best for me…
5) Shoot During the Golden Hour
My absolute favourite time to shoot is during the evening just before sunset. The golden hour is when the sun shines a glowing light and anything that it reflects off of often creates a beautiful image. When an image is shot during this short time, the viewer’s eye is immediately drawn to the brightest spot of the photo which adds a new exciting dimension to the shot.
4) Try Un-boring Compositions and Perspectives
When composing my image I often find that I avoid taking images facing straight at the subject . I try to find an angle that is interesting to the eye and will add a different element to my image other than just the structure itself. I aim to find a perspective that allows the details and colours of my subject to really stand out. I find it best to do a few test shots from different angles to see which will give me the best composition and perspective. In the image below, I shot the Sacre Coeur Cathedral in Paris from as low to the ground as I possibly could. I aimed my camera upwards on a short tripod to give the illusion that the Cathedral is grander against the blue sky and cloudy background.
I took an early morning stroll today through the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It really needs no introduction. The best science and engineering university in the world. Ranked #1 university overall on the QS World University Rankings. Its alumni invented the radar, transistor radio, nuclear fission, condensed soup, Technicolor, GPS, the internet, and the list goes on. It is just across the Harvard Bridge, about a 30min walk from me, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I thought I’d give everyone a photo tour of its high-tech campus.
Leica Summacron 35mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/100s
To me, Shanghai is one of the most romantic places in the world. I’ve been to Paris, New York, Montreal, etc. It is not just an urban jungle. Tucked away between the ultra-modern buildings are neighborhoods with a lot of character and flavor. Continue reading Shanghai Once Again→
It is an undeniable fact that well known photographic attractions will be teeming with people. Vendors, hawkers, families, and other tourists will take away the magic of the locale leaving a distracted image. Nothing ruins the experience more then trying to crop out other photographers in your shot. I have learned a few tips among my travels that had helped me avoid that problem or look at it in a new way.