I need to eventually come up with more interesting blog titles. But I'm really bad at titles.
Anyways, some photofun with my little point-and-shoot I got for Christmas!
As an architecture major, taking pictures of buildings at angles is key. Especially for the photo above and the ones following this bit, as they're skyscrapers in Madrid's new business district. The one above is a skyscraper designed by Sir Norman Foster. It would pretty difficult to capture how tall the building is should the picture been taken horizontally (would probably have to merge multiple photos) and definitely wouldn't have fit in the frame if it was just front on. Even at an angle, the skyscraper still doesn't fit into the entire picture!
Above are the Europa Gates in Madrid. Again, horizontally, the true height of these structures is hard to capture. However:
When taking the picture of the two buildings closer and vertically, the true heights of the building can be seen. I also enjoy the fact that they lean.
Here are some of my favorite examples of the effect of light in similar pictures. The first image is of a statue in Madrid of their symbol (the bear and the tree) with the sun/light behind the subject. It creates a silhouette effect, which looks pretty cool, but it also hides the details in the sculpture.
The same sculpture, this time the photo is taken where the sun/light is on the same side as me, taking the picture. The details of the sculpture can be seen and it looks nicer. Except all the scaffolding in the background, which was what I wanted to avoid in the first place. Can't win!
Here's an example of what Mr. Wright was speaking about keeping an image tight, with as little empty space as possible. Though I can't really change how much empty space is between the two buildings here, there's way too much. The empty space is too overwhelming and takes away from what is supposed to be the subject of the photo.
Here is an image of what I believe shows the rule of 1/3s. Finding photos with the rule of 1/3s in it is a bit difficult, I find, since us arch kids are usually taking pictures of structures that are hard to capture in just one part of an image area. Also architects hate it when people end up in images of a building :)
I find the 1/3 rule to be particularly interesting in terms of the types of pictures we take here as architecture majors (as in NOT people), just to see if it works with buildings and how that image would turn out. The use of light in images is also incredibly important and so are angles. All about those angles!