Architectural Photography

One of my passions is photographing the architectural features and decorations on old buildings.

I love visiting new towns and cities and taking photographs of the buildings.

When one looks closely there is a world of delight for the photographer.

I am always looking upwards at the facade of any beautiful old building I am passing.

Looking skywards can be a very dangerous thing to do but is so rewarding.

In the Paris section of Glasgow, in Scotland, I was looking skywards and tripped on the uneven pavement.

Luckily I was unharmed and but was highly embarrassed.

The other danger is the urge to keep stepping backwards towards the road to get

a better shot of the building.

This could be nasty with a tumble in the gutter or worse in front of an oncoming vehicle.

Sometimes I have to curtail my enthusiasm for fine detail and focus on safety instead.

Melbourne, Australia is very lucky to have many ornate buildings as a result of the wealth from the Gold Rush.

One of my favourite things to do is to wander & admire the beautiful craftsmanship that went into making superb buildings.

There are so many fine details to see and photograph.

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St Michael’s Collins Street Melbourne

Architect Joseph Reed.
Built in polychrome brick, 1866.

There is a great description of Architectural design on the Church’s webpage here

I took this photograph in winter last year and only today revisited it.
Looking at it with a fresh eye, I saw what a great photo it was.

It was a beautiful winter’s day with a bright blue sky.

A rare thing in Melbourne in winter.

I was trying to capture the height of the steeple of the church, from a spot on the footpath in front of the church. I was unable to fit the doors and steps of the church in the frame from where I was standing. Hubby’s patience wouldn’t have extended to me crossing the road to get a better perspective.

My critique

The geometric patterns in the brickwork are very attractive and photogenic.

I love the 3 layered effect of the bare branches in the foreground, the old church in the middle and the contrast of the modern building in the background. The tree has seen many changes in it’s life, as the seasons come and go. Watching old buildings being replaced with newer ones. The photo captures how the two styles of architecture sit side by side. It is how architecture is in a modern city in 2015.

If you look closely you will see the reflection of the tree’s branches in a small window of the church. The lights are on in this room , inviting the viewer to come inside from the cold. I didn’t notice this at the time of shooting this photograph but as a Christian myself, I find comfort in the warming welcome that this window gives.

I played around with the black and white filters on my photo editing program. I settled on using the Holga filter, which really accentuated the dark feel of the image. The loss of the yellow from the light in the window, gave the picture a darker feeling. The bare branches became the main focus of the photo. The mood evoked is drab, dreary and dark.

I really love the contrast between the two photos. Each photo tells a different story.

Using Black and white filters can add the drama to photographs.

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