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It fits marvelously I love it, Allan!
Thank you so much, Paula. This is one of my favourite Urbex shots, although its really not very popular with anyone else.
I can’t see why it is not popular with anyone else
AWH reminds me of my days in Seattle doing architecture shots for class!
Yes, I too have done some architectural photography. There is a definite connection. Those who have practiced AP usually pick up urban photography with positive results, and both genres tend to have a noticeable impact on a person’s work in either genre.
As long as it’s NOT interior photography! OMG balancing the lighting is a NIGHTMARE you HAVE to shoot large format (which I don’t mind if it’s the Eiffel Tower) But I always forget the formula for balancing indoor and outdoor light. I can’t find my folder for it as a guide either. DO YOU KNOW? Maybe I’ll just google it…
I always look at emergency exit stairs, and always find most of them worth to take shots. Yet, I never really took one that is worthy to share. I don’t know. I feel awkward taking time to find the right angles of those stairs. People would think of me crazy… or maybe a stalker gathering intels. Ahihihi.
I went by feel; what had an impact on me aesthetically. For the stairs specifically, it was important for me to make sure that they were rendered largely as silhouettes and shadows. I completely ignored texture and geometry in their regards. Texture was only a consideration for the brick walls. Geometry was left to the angles I shot the lit walls and deepest shadows at.
This composition helped convey the mysteriousness of the scene and story that was in my head.
Great B&W photo!
Greatly appreciate that from you. Your work is incredible.
It does fit well, I really like the sky in this photo.
Thank you. I still like the red filter effect in skies too.
The older shots of this alley were shot on 35mm in which I had to use a red filter. This time around, I shot it digitally so I recreated the effect digitally in post-prod.
This really is a very cool shot.
I very much appreciate your endorsement.
The texture on the brick wall is very appealing, and I think the angle makes it look all the more urban and dynamic.
I was hoping that obvious geometrical shapes, predominantly triangle, would somehow enhance the urban look with a modernist feel.
I think the brick texture helps to sustain a rough notion of the alley and the life in it, either the real life of real residences with real people or the fantastical one in my head.
such great light and a very interesting pov. Love the image
I really glad that I went back to re-shoot this place.
Such a strong graphic photograph. I love the stark contrasts and the dark moodiness. And those silhouetted stairs adds depth to the picture.
Thank you, Otto. I used a similar approach in shooting “The Way to the Light”:
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