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You can’t look at abstract art without thinking. (Patricia Cole-Ferullo)

Regardless of anywhere in the world you are if you stop pause and slowly turn in a complete circle looking around you, you are almost always likely to find at least one glimpse of a piece of architecture whether it be a barn, office,skyscraper or even a free standing sculpture. More often than not we may try to shoot around, or compose them so they fit nicely into a shot subtle blending in to it’s surroundings.

What if instead we look at this as an opportunity to embrace it and shift our focus allowing the architecture/structure to be our main focal point? Take an image like this for example

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The above image is unedited taken with the Olympus E-PL3 camera (14mm, f/11, 1/200sec) at Flushing Meadow Corona Park in Queens, NY.

The first thing you may want to think about when shooting or editing an image like this is how to best frame or crop it. How can you best showcase it. A personal preference of mine is to crop the image to a square (using a 1:1 crop ratio) from that you can further tweak your images by choosing to rotate it as well as enhancing it through a well thought out edit.

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A slightly different approach would be to look for and search out symmetry, a repeating line or pattern that can help visually draw a viewer in.

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The above edited shot was taken on the Brooklyn Bridge using the Nikon D800. In this image you see a repeating pattern with the brickwork as well as both sides feature the same cable wires giving the appearance that if you were to fold the image down the middle everything would line up. Also something to consider when photographing/editing something like this is how close of a crop you want (does the skyline add anything, do colors detract or add to it etc).

Sometimes in life were so busy with the things going on around us that we forget to look up. By looking up we get a completely different view and perspective that we may normally have not seen.

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The above image is part of a greenhouse roof. Something to consider when shooting like this is your exposure settings it is very easy to blow the sky out.

Pay attention and look at light you never know when your going to get that perfect reflection that may make your shot.

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More importantly have fun with it! Don’t worry about the horizon, or making sure your shot is perfectly straight. It’s ok to shoot on an angle sometimes. The goal is to experiment and see what aesthetically works best for you!

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Posted by jungerphotography on August 7, 2012

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