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.
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.
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
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.