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6 Tips for Better Architectural Photography

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

Humber Bay Arch Bridge | Etobicoke | Canada | 6.0 sec at f / 22, ISO 160.

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

Sacre Coeur | Paris | France | 8.0 sec at f / 22, ISO, 100.3)

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.

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5 Reasons to Attend Street Festivals

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As if you need any reasons to go anyways right? Well I’m giving them to you anyways. Cambridge, Massachusetts held its annual Cambridge River Festival yesterday. It is an arts and cultural festival with music performances, arts and crafts exhibits, and delicious food. Yes, it is called a “river” festival because it is usually held along the Charles river. No, you won’t see the water this year because of overlapping construction projects. Nonetheless, it is immensely popular, which means it can also be very crowded. But here are the top 5 reasons to visit a street festival in your neighborhood.

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Amazing Locations: MIT

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.

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Leica Summacron 35mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/100s

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Amazing Locations: The New Woodward’s

On a stroll after dinner in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver, I explored the newly reopened Woodward’s building on the corner of W. Hastings and Abbott. Since 1903, Woodward’s was originally a department store and at one time stood as the premier shopping destination in Vancouver. Since it’s bankruptcy in 1993, this heritage of the city with a large neon “W” on top stood vacant, seldom used except for film shoots.

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JPG Magazine Feature

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I’m pretty excited about this. Well, long story short, an editor at JPG Mag 8020 Media have been in contact with me since new years about one of my photographs considered for publication in their magazine. JPG Mag is a reader submission based magazine where photographers can upload photos onto their website under specific themes to be considered for publication. Voting is done by peers and editors get the final say. Competition is pretty tough as there are many talented photographers in the JPG community. One of my photos were voted for, chosen, and published. What an honor and a thrill. :)

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