Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm
So I’m not entirely sure where I took this. All I remember was that it an overpass somewhere near Jardin des Champs-Élysées, one of the parks near, well, the Champs-Élysées.
Before I forget, happy new year to everyone for 5 days ago. Hopefully you’ve all recovered somewhat. I figured I’d ring in the new year with a classy photo, and we all know that black and white = instant class 😀
All kidding aside, I’m a little annoyed at that blasted window frame in the background, but oh well.
I actually really enjoy taking photos of architecture and playing around with strong lines. Unfortunately I live in Brisbane, where interesting buildings aren’t nearly as prevalent as I would like. I suppose that it just means I have to be a little more creative in finding interesting perspectives of the structures around me.
So if you’re around Brisbane and you see a weirdo looking up a lot, that might be me.
Olympus M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8
When I go out to take photos, one of my goals is to try and frame up a picture that I think tells a good story. This is one of the rare few that I feel could be telling one of several stories, depending on how you look at it.
Did someone simply want to ride their bike to the beach? Perhaps it’s someone who is training for a triathlon, and decided to ride to the beach for a good swim? How long has the bike been there? Is it abandoned? Or maybe the owner simply couldn’t find a decent bike rack anywhere else except for this sign.
(Photo Challenge: Texture)
I know that, as kids, we’re always told to look both ways before we cross a road, but this is the first time I’ve had the road itself tell me how to cross it. It’s incredible, excessive and amazing all at the same time. I mean, what do we do when we get to every other road crossing? I guess we all just flap around looking lost and not knowing what to do because the road doesn’t have printed instructions.
On a side (and completely pedantic) note, I disagree with the order in which to look – I’m interpreting these instructions as telling me to look left, then look right. I live in Australia and we drive on the left side of the road here, so I think it makes sense to look to my right first (for oncoming cars in the lane closest to me), then look to the left. And then I usually look to the right again.
Maybe it’s just me.
I know that photos of floating boats in black and white are a little on the overdone side, but I couldn’t resist when I saw this beauty floating, moored just a short distance away from where I was. The sky looks a little menacing too, making me wonder just how long this boat will stay anchored ashore.
It also looks like it has antennae, which is always fun.
I think I’ve become a little addicted to night-time photography. There’s just something magical about taking extended exposure photos to capture a scene at night, especially when I get these delicious 14-pointed stars from light sources. I’m a little annoyed that I didn’t examine that statue, because now I’m quite curious as to who it is!
Those trees are driving me crazy though. They’re not quite perpendicular to the ground, so I keep thinking that my photo is tilted.
I’ve always shied away from portraits in black and white, because it always seemed less forgiving than colour, but it’s really not that scary! Like with everything else, you just need to play to the strengths of the medium you choose. I was trying to create a moodier shot with this particular photo, and I think that’s a domain in which black and white photos really shine. It also helps if you have a pre-determined plan/vision in mind, rather than just shooting and hoping for the best.
PS: Tiff actually made that top herself. Details here, if you’re also into sewing and all that jazz.
If it seems like I’ve been posting quite a few black and white photos recently, it’s because I happened upon Leanne’s blog, where she recently started issuing weekly black and white photography challenges (or “Monochrome Madness”, as it’s now called). It’s been fun to get out there and frame/shoot photos that I want to be black and white. With this photo, I realise that building-shots are a little overdone, but I just love playing around with geometry like that.
As an aside, I’m going to start watermarking my photos starting from now. I’ll try to keep it as unintrusive as possible and I hope it’s not too annoying.