A record breaking winter. Yes, this is what this winter is in Boston. With 104 inches (2m64) of snow so far (March 1st) since the beginning of this incredible winter, it’s the second snowiest winter ever in Boston with a record at 107 inches (2m71). February already hit the 1st place as the snowiest month in the history of Boston.
In terms of temperature, it is also one of the coldest winter ever. With some temperatures at -13F (-25C) and reaching -24F (-31C) with wind chill. This is also one of the reasons why the bay of Boston froze.
Aurelien is our very first talented photographer that iLHP is glad to showcase thanks to our Flickr Group. His astral photographs and landscape shots are simply outstanding. We’re glad not only to showcase his work but also to provide you with an exclusive interview.
iLHP: Hi Aurelien, I’m very glad to have you here as our first iLHP Flickr group winner! Congratulations, your work is outstanding! Please tell us more about yourself?
Aurelien: Hi Chris, I’m 30 years old, I’m a sports teacher in France. I’m not a professional photographer, just a passionate amateur.
When I first starting shooting on somewhat of a regular basis, it was all done with my iPhone 4s and alone. I was living in Paris at the time and would be walking around and see something that would catch my eye and I would quickly capture the moment. The more I would photograph, the more I was determined to improve my skills and learn how to properly use a camera.
I did some research and decided to purchase a Canon 70D just last September. I have used a Canon many years before but only used it in fully automatic mode. I had no real technical background or an understanding of photography whatsoever! I would encounter difficult situations that I didn’t know how to perform and decided it was time to get a better grasp on the basics of photography. I enrolled in few beginner courses to educate myself enough to become familiar with my camera and the basic tools necessary to achieve my desired vision.
When I began submerging myself in photography on a regular basis, I joined numerous social media sites to gain inspiration and for an outlet to share my work. Through these social media sites, I noticed images incorporating various types of light painting. At first glance, it didn’t quite strike me as something I would be interested in or want to attempt. However, as I began to see it more and more I thought it could potentially add a different yet harmonious element to my photos.
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.