A week or so ago I took a group of photographer friends on a tour of Contact venues along Queen West. Being photographers, we of course had our cameras with us. Walking with this group and watching as they found and composed shots made me aware of the different ways we each view and photograph the world around us. It also made me more aware of my own approach to finding interesting photo opportunities. In particular, I noticed that I spent a great deal of time looking up, looking down and turning to look back at what I had passed, sometimes looking at the small details, sometimes the bigger view of how shapes interact. In the small detail area, I passed a bicycle chained to a post and seeing a card in the spokes, I went to the street side of the bike for a closer look.
In the “bigger view” category, when we were wandering through a neighbourhood just south of Queen I looked up and noticed the really interesting pattern of cloud overhead. A nearby school building would provide some interesting angles and “anchor” the sky shot. I tried to get it at an angle that complemented the lines in the clouds. I cloned out the inevitable power lines (too distracting) to come up with this:
In the same area we happened on an old factory that had some corroded dust cyclones on the side of the building. The sun was shining on a tree nearby, so I thought I would try to juxtapose nature and industry, shadow and sunlight. In post-processing, I added a blurred, desaturated effect to the cyclones to exaggerate the difference.