After a week, of “playing safe” and submitting shots from my archive to meet the daily themes, I decided it was time I “got with the program” and took some shots in direct response to the theme, this time the weekend “homework”.
So, armed with my wide angle lens, I took these shots from the balcony of my apartment in the heart of Brussel.
My goal? To experiment with composition and framing, vertical and horizontal, and to try to break free from my usual reluctance to “go wide”.
I plan to experiment more this weekend…
Would love to hear what you think?
In response to some of the feedack I received, I thought I would share the original colour images…
21 thoughts on “photography101: weekend one”
The pictures are stark and startling! Good job. I like that they are all of the same spot but from different perspectives. Brilliant!
Thank you, I thought it about time I did something a little different 🙂 ,Andy
I like that you chose monochrome. It makes the concrete seem especially cold, and the pictures foreboding. I think it would be interesting to see the identical gallery in color to determine how it effects the emotion.
Thank you, yes the sky was a lovely shade of blue, perhaps I should…going through a cold mono phase… 🙂
Colour images now added to the post… Andy
Interesting. The color makes the series look like the photos were taken on a typical sunny day from a few miscellaneous perspectives, but the mono, iron rail and concrete really sets a darker mood. Despite that I am usually a big fan of vibrant color, after seeing both, I strongly feel that you chose the best look in using mono.
Thank you, and I also prefer the mono effect…I often take shots which in colour seem lifeless and then in mono they have a strange power…
Love that you used black and white to showcase your work….the clouds are amazing. Using them as your background was the right thing to do :0)in this case I think the horizontal worked better. Only because I can see more of what you are looking at. Great shots…keep it up!
Thank you, the clouds are often amazing here, especially when a storm is brewing, and I agree with you about the horizontal, although it was an interesting and fun experiment, Andy
i feel the same way. i’ve always liked intimate shots and this course has pushed me to step back. i love your wide angle shots with the metal glinting with cheer in the sunshine…
Thank you, I have never really felt comfortable with wide angle so it was good to try, hoping this photo101 course will continue to challenge… , Andy
I love the first one especially, it feels very expansive. Like the deep monochrome which really teases out the sheen of the sky with quite a bang.
Thanks Mike, I had some fun doing something a little different, really enjoying the WordPress photo101 course… Andy
Your balcony? Awe… Are you taking in roommates? I’d love to have this view! And your photos, of course, are stunning. I was using photos from my archives throughout the week too and was looking forward to shoot something at the weekend, but it won’t stop raining and my camera is not waterproof. So, well, next time…
Thanks Mara 🙂 yes, I am lucky to have such good views… looking forward to your next shots…rainy shot can often be beautiful although expensive if your camera is not waterproof 😦 ,Andy
love the first one and how the line of the rail is repated by the jet lines in the sky…
I hear you about the wide shots. I really like tight, close ups. My fav is the last one because the railing is a strong border. In the first photo, I couldn’t figure out what the railing was at first. Then it cut through what I feel is the meat of the background. While the sky is nice, my preference would be to use the railing as the bottom border with the sky as the focus, perhaps cropping more off the bottom or using a different angle. I think the b&w is great. Do you have them in color, too? I’d love to see both sets together! That can be fun. 🙂
Thank you, I love tight shots and close ups so this was hard and I appreciate you taking the time to comment…you know maybe I will post the colour set also…
Colour versions now added to post 🙂 Andy
Thanks, Andy! I took a look. I love seeing both color and black and white for the comparison. They can give such a different feeling.