Architecture in monochrome

For the next couple of posts or so, I will be showing photographs taken in the centre of Birmingham. There is some fantastic modern architecture in the city as well as atmospheric older buildings that come from the city’s past. Let’s not forget that it is said that Birmingham has more canals than Venice. There is always something to photograph walking through the city centre along the canal towpaths.

I processed these three images in monochrome, as I wanted the shapes and tones of the buildings to be the important focus of the pictures, not their colours.


The first photograph is of the Hyatt Regency hotel a glass tower near the Regency Wharf. The straight lines and the mirror-like quality of the windows and cladding gives a futuristic minimalist view.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4


The second image is a modern set of apartments on the side of the Birmingham and Fazeley canal. Standing directly underneath the building I shot upwards trying to ensure that I captured the futuristic and somewhat ominous feel of the architecture. I was also lucky in that I managed to capture a pigeon as it took flight from the top of the building, which also gave me the title of the photograph.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4



The final picture is of the Birmingham library. Most of the photographs you see of this structure are colour in order to capture the gold colour of its outside. It had rained just a few minutes before I took the shot and the sky still had some good clouds, so I decided to shoot for monochrome. The building in this shot feels like one of the Mayan temples with its various stepped levels and this was the characteristic I was trying to get in the photograph.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4



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