Urban Landscape

by Greg Blaney May. 30, 2019 418 views

This week I was downtown with the photography club that I belong to and we were given a short period of time to shoot the urban landscape, or urbanscape as it can also be called. I don't post many pictures from what I do with the Victoria Camera Club but since I haven't posted here in awhile, I thought I'd put a couple of them up. So, here are a few random shots of downtown Victoria.

Downtown buildings reflected in a downtown building

Downtown buildings reflected in a downtown building

Yellow accents on a building appropriately named “Yello”

Yellow accents on a building appropriately named “Yello”

The way out of the parkade is to keep turning left.

The way out of the parkade is to keep turning left.

Much to the doom and gloom of motorists, cyclists enjoy their own lane

Much to the doom and gloom of motorists, cyclists enjoy their own lane

The Golden Arches are always the focus for some

The Golden Arches are always the focus for some

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Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Great shots Greg!  #3 is really outstanding! B&W is perfect for this kind of image, it's great how the contrast direct the attention of the viewer to all this shapes and the car is the ice on the cake. I wish I had done this photo! clap

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Heike, I appreciate your comments - especially since you've created some beautiful B&W images of your own in the past. I've played with photo #3 since posting it here. I wondered whether it would have more impact if the car was red, so I went into Photoshop and changed its colour. It was a silver car to begin with and blended in somewhat with the building so I thought colouring it would make it stand out. Adding that splash of colour changed the photo and I'm not sure I like it. persevere

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Bethany Plonski 2 years, 3 months ago

You have some really cool shots here! I especially like the shapes and contrast in #3 and the edit in #4. Is #5 a zoom burst?

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Greg Blaney Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Bethany. Being given a topic to shoot often puts me outside my comfort zone so I try to look for different ways to shoot a topic that I know others are also photographing. In the case of #5, I started by focusing on the M in the sign and then zooming out while pressing the shutter button. I usually shoot in aperture priority but for this one I switched to shutter priority and chose a slower shutter speed. So yes, I believe the technique is called zoom burst.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Greg Blaney 2 years, 3 months ago

Very cool! I've seen a few photos with that kind of blur before, and it's a really neat effect.

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