Architectural inspiration

The images this week are the last ones from the photo shoot that I did in Birmingham city centre. These photographs are more of an abstract nature than the previous ones. The architecture in the centre of Birmingham is awesome. There are so many stunning buildings, that it would be hard not to get a good photograph given good lighting. I wanted to isolate and get in close to certain parts of buildings so I used the Nikkor 24-120mm F/4 on all these images.

The first image is a view of the exterior of the Barclaycard Arena. The struts on the outside of the building caught the light just after we had some winter rain and they really glowed against the blue of the windows and the sky. To enhance the richness of the colours I processed in Photoshop using layers. I used multiply and screen layers with masks to try and get the deepness of the blues to stand out against the gold brick-like supports.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4


The second picture is an abstract using the lines, shapes and colours that I found on the side of a building near the canal. I liked the positioning of the circular grill set in the horizontal lines and the clear line of blue (reflected sky) on the top. I actually had the picture in landscape mode but then decided on the square crop as I didn’t think the image was strong enough. I  also thought about processing this in monochrome, but actually liked the subtle shades of colour in the wall, so left it as it was.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4


The third photograph was taken from the balcony of the Birmingham library straight into the sun as it shone through the shapes of the aluminium frieze on the outside of the walls. The Hyatt building can be seen in the background but I couldn’t get it out of the image and not lose the position of the sun. However, I still think the picture works. The low winter sun and clouds help the atmosphere in the photograph.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-120mm F/4



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