BeakerSt

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Skyline Study

Most of the time I'm comfortable with what I post even if it ends up getting a mixed reaction.  This one is more of a question to you guys.  What makes a good skyline/skyscaper shot?  I keep looking at this and I think it has got something but I don't exactly know what but I know it's not anywhere near perfect.  I think that the sky is interesting and there are some unusual shapes that lead up but I'm still not 100% sure.  Any thoughts??

Any how it's the weekend and I've got DIY, grass cutting (if it stays dry enough) and photos planned for the weekend...I'll aim for 1 out of 3.  Have a good one...

Challenge II: "Shadow" results are still here
Challenge III: "Chair or Chairs" - closing date May 30th here


Skyline Study

Most of the time I'm comfortable with what I post even if it ends up getting a mixed reaction.  This one is more of a question to you guys.  What makes a good skyline/skyscaper shot?  I keep looking at this and I think it has got something but I don't exactly know what but I know it's not anywhere near perfect.  I think that the sky is interesting and there are some unusual shapes that lead up but I'm still not 100% sure.  Any thoughts??

Any how it's the weekend and I've got DIY, grass cutting (if it stays dry enough) and photos planned for the weekend...I'll aim for 1 out of 3.  Have a good one...

Challenge II: "Shadow" results are still here
Challenge III: "Chair or Chairs" - closing date May 30th here


comments (15)

very interesting shot. Did you have to tilt yourself sideways to get this shot? smile Its an unbelievable angle
BeakerSt: I don't recall any tilting smile I was just under the building on the opposite side of the road...maybe I have a bendy neck? Thanks
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 18 May 2007, 00:36
An interesting question. I can't really answer it, since I totally messed up the only real opportunity I had to experiment with shots of highrises (while on holiday in Canada last year). There really wasn't anything salvageable from what I shot, despite several attempts and lots of opportunity. I don't think I would ever have thought of anything as extreme as this, though.
BeakerSt: I tend to just stand there looking through the viewfinder until I find something interesting but I then force myself to take a few alternatives. Sometimes it's the first shot that works, other times it's the last shot that I take before moving on. Sometimes it works other times it doesn't smile

Thanks for the comment.
I love the many shades of blue and the strange angle. Interesting.
BeakerSt: Cool, pleased you like it.
Great shot - I think the angle and sky makes this shot.
BeakerSt: Thanks Bernie
  • Max Black
  • about to watch the cricket
  • 18 May 2007, 19:01
Walk down any street and look at everybody. looking at each other, shop windows, out of windows or looking down, averting eye contact. You know the drill, Western Europeans,tut, place an image looking skywards and I dont mean sunsets and in most cases its like showing them a new world, shape structure and facade that are unfamiliar, try people watching next time you go out and shoot in any urban environment, and you'll see what I'm struggling to say. Bob in and have a look at my image today, Ive tried to do an alternate way of looking up.
BeakerSt: Thanks Max, very thoughtful, we do tend to be too quick in our lives and don't 'stop to smell the roses'. A lot of my images are from mundane parts of the world that I see when walking around. I will have a look at your image when I get home as for some reason it won't display at work.

Cheers
  • The Maven
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 May 2007, 10:45
I like the exposure you chose in this one - you've preserved the sky detail very well.
BeakerSt: Thanks, you are the architectural expert so I take that as a compliment smile
  • Sheeplover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 21 May 2007, 09:50
What a great building. Also like the surreal building in bottom right.
Yep. Dizzy it is.
BeakerSt: Cheers Andy
Something bothers me about the building in the bottom right, but I'm not sure what it is. Now forget I said that, because it doesn't matter. This is definitely a good skyscraper shot! I really like the sky detail, the interesting shapes, and the strong diagonals (great angle!).
BeakerSt: It does matter wink A few friends have commented that the lamp creaping into frame bottom right is distracting rather than complimentary to the image. I'm not so sure myself but maybe that's the element that is unsettling you. It may be too dark, had it been yellow/well lit it may have been more effective...something to consider next time.

Thanks again, and remember your comment is as valuable as anyone elses...keep being philosophical...
La perspectiva es muy complicada y el edificio luce majestuoso !!
The perspective is very complicated and the building shines majestic!

Here's a link to a image for Challenge III: "Chair or Chairs" : http://jasdg.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Silla/
BeakerSt: Relevance and Creativity
This is about the chair but itÂ’s not very creatively shot JA, sorry. Score 4

Overall impact
It’s got novelty value but that’s about it, there isn’t really an image, it’s more of a ‘look at this unusual chair’ shot. Sorry to sound so harsh and it is just my opinion. Score 4

Composition
I had to search a bit to find the chair but I appreciate that itÂ’s a difficult one to frame. It may have been easier to frame against the sky rather than a busy stone wall. Sorry but it does not really work as you canÂ’t see the chair that well. Score 4

Quality of image
ItÂ’s clear and sharp with good tones and focus Scores 8 as itÂ’s a little blown out in the top right
Total 20/40 Jasdg

I think overall the idea was there and the novelty of the chair meant that you perhaps didnÂ’t frame it as well as I know you could. Shooting from below may have given you options to play with the scale. Alternatively having a reference of scale may have helped, a child at the base for example. I hope you don't think I've been too harsh. sad
Great perspecive for such a beautiful sky. Beautifully graphic.
BeakerSt: Thanks Flo, hope you are well.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 May 2007, 19:52
Read an article by a building photographer. He does buildings for architects, and other people buying or selling buildings. He says that a building has character and the trick is to find the building's best pose. Inasmuch he may be right with a comment that it is more difficult to take pictures of buildings than people, since a building can be asked to change a stance for a better pose. So he studies the building over a couple of days to find the best time, weather type, angle etc to capture the building's image. Maybe it looks best from atop a nearby building etc etc. Unfortanately he didn't say much more than to find the character of the building and capture it in the best way possible.

Personally i still find buildings difficult. The tendency to lean is very difficult to beat, especially if you are trying to capture a building in a narrow street, or where it stands at a difficult angle to another prominent object.

All of this don't answer your question in a serious way, except the part about the character of the building.

So what would make a good skyscraper pic? I guess when you actually shows how it scrapes the sky like you are doing here - an alternative would be to picture such a building in a way to show how it rises above the rest.
BeakerSt: You raise some interesting points Louis and thanks for taking the time. I guess that's how the professional is set aside from the amateur. We as amateurs tend to have limited access and limited time as it would be amazing to be able to dedicate time around our chosen subjects. Especially if having access to adjacent buildings gave us opportunities to take images from alternative vantage points as seeing something from an alternative perspective usually adds a novelty element straight away.

Thanks again, much appreciated.
simon
What makes a good skyline/skyscaper shot? That's a difficult one - to me there is no recipe, it's all about capturing your view, or sometimes the vision of the one that's paying the bill smile

I agree, your shot has some interesting elements, the sky, the lines, the angle of the shot, the lamp...

Here is my entry to your challenge: http://aksel.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Bislett_Stadium/
BeakerSt: Relevance and Creativity
Scores a 10, itÂ’s simply beautiful and I did spot what it was before seeing the title, well I knew it was a stadium! I think framing it in the way you have adds a lovely detail to it.

Overall impact
ItÂ’s definitely got a wow factor and I think there is a subtle beautiful impact to it. Very serene. Score 9

Composition
I think framing through the bars really works. The dark area is verging on being a little dominant but itÂ’s well balanced by the glittery silver/gold effect of the chairs. Without it the silver effect would have been over powering.

Quality of image
Again hard to fault. 9

Total 37/40 Aksel

Stunning shot!
I finally decide and still I'm not sure.... ;-) , but this is my entryto the challenge: http://cheapsuit.shutterchance.com/photoblog/stoelenÂŁ!;slashÂŁ!;chairs/
BeakerSt: Relevance and Creativity
This is clearly chairs and itÂ’s also very creative. Using the lines, the repetitive nature and the shadow clearly adds interest. Score 7

Overall impact
I think there is interest rather than impact. The tones are a little muted suggesting that the image has not captured true black and true white so youÂ’ve got a hazing over the image. Score 6

Composition
ItÂ’s well balanced and as IÂ’ve said there is interest all over the image. I like how youÂ’ve balanced the image. Score 7

Quality of image
This is where unfortunately it wonÂ’t score so well. ItÂ’s a little blurred and the hazing does detract from the imageÂ…sorry. 5

Total 25/40

Thanks for taking part Frank smile
love this man
BeakerSt: Thanks Ade
Another one I have to ask if you did any thing to. Nice shot.
BeakerSt: Levels, curves and a bit of dodging on the frames of the glass building. I don't recall playing with the hue/saturation at all.

Thanks for your interest Jide, always appreciated.

p.s. hope your world is improving.

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