Dogwood 52: Assignment #17 "Urbanscapes"

Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:

[Landscape] Urbanscape: Most Landscapes are wide open spaces of natural beauty... this week find the beauty of the urbanscape/cityscape.

The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.


See attached. This was taken at Stanford University. I like the vanishing point and arch aspects of the photo, and the shadows and highlights it creates. I was lucky to have a person standing in the middle of the corridor, in shadow which provides a good focus subject. I cropped a lot of the original photo out to have the person really stand out.


Not much to say other than my current obsession with the ATL skyline has shown itself full force in my recent submissions. This one elegantly framed with an outdoor architecture piece.


My urbanscapes lately have been covered in snow, so I went outside with an eye for more high key shots that would blur the distinction between an overcast sky and the weird frozen waves on the ground. I liked how that played off the varieties of green shades in this image from the garage door, to the reflected trees, to the hues in the snowbank.
One trick I've learned for shooting overcast days in high key is that you're going to lose a lot of detail in the skies which can leave giant empty patches all over. These don't do to terrible on computer screens but they will look absolutely horrible printed out. To avoid this, I adjust the curves a little so that white maxes out at very light grey. It makes the whole scene hazier, more overcast and also means that even in the brightest zones we still have actual information and texture.


I thought Christmas was over two months ago, but what do I know. I'm torn about the number of people shown in the shot - I want more or less, but this isn't the right number. I suppose I could use a tripod and do multiple exposures, to either add or remove people. Or use a heavy ND filter to blur everyone out.


I went more abstract with this one. And here are my other explorations of Seattle ... too bad I didn't run into Megan! or maybe I did and didn't know