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Windows vertigo

This week's theme: From a point & shoot

For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.

Canary Wharf in London, the new banking district of London. This area was built less than 15 years ago. It's atmosphere is more like a modern city in the US, very much different from the old rustic feel of the rest of the city.

This photo is another demonstration of the technique I talked about yesterday - using the camera's zoom to focus on the subject. In this shot, I've zoomed in until you see only windows and nothing else. There are no surroundings or any other distraction in the frame.

The tip for today is on the topic of colour. In the original shot, the colours of this scene were dull and pretty much aweful. The sky was grey and overcast, the windows were a sick pale of green. If you're like me, I'm sure you have a lot of shots like this that don't quite "cut the grade".

So what to do? Shoot in black and white! Black and white mode is a feature on most point & shoot cameras, so don't hesitate to use it. If you've already taken the photo in colour, it's not too late - you can still convert it to black and white on a PC. This turns the biggest weakness of the photo (dull colours) into a strength (now can be passed off as being a bit arty).

Windows vertigo

This week's theme: From a point & shoot

For the coming week, I want to illustrate that you don't need to spend £1000s on an expensive DSLR, and what's possible to achieve with a point & shoot camera.

Canary Wharf in London, the new banking district of London. This area was built less than 15 years ago. It's atmosphere is more like a modern city in the US, very much different from the old rustic feel of the rest of the city.

This photo is another demonstration of the technique I talked about yesterday - using the camera's zoom to focus on the subject. In this shot, I've zoomed in until you see only windows and nothing else. There are no surroundings or any other distraction in the frame.

The tip for today is on the topic of colour. In the original shot, the colours of this scene were dull and pretty much aweful. The sky was grey and overcast, the windows were a sick pale of green. If you're like me, I'm sure you have a lot of shots like this that don't quite "cut the grade".

So what to do? Shoot in black and white! Black and white mode is a feature on most point & shoot cameras, so don't hesitate to use it. If you've already taken the photo in colour, it's not too late - you can still convert it to black and white on a PC. This turns the biggest weakness of the photo (dull colours) into a strength (now can be passed off as being a bit arty).

comments (24)

WOW! This is my type of shot, Duane. Simply impressive, and from a point-n-shoot no less. Great exposure and perspective. This is one of my favorites of yours. This isn't arty, Duane, it's artsy. Baha. Nice capture.
  • sk
  • 16 Mar 2006, 04:28
nice shot Duane, very abstract
  • tetsu
  • 16 Mar 2006, 05:03
Massive symmetry...
Duane... I love this shot!!!
Seriously, this is the composition I enjoy, semi abstract, balanced, elegant... dimensional.
The title is cool as well.
One of my favs.
Great! Vertigo is the right title.
  • Colin Hunter
  • 16 Mar 2006, 10:20
Impressive indeed. You don't want to scroll up and down it quickly without a safety net though.
  • skee
  • 16 Mar 2006, 10:39
Nice, was tempted to count,...then I thought nah ;-)

keep it up!
  • Micki
  • 16 Mar 2006, 11:37
Great b&w! Had fun with this shot scrolling up and down quickly!
Very great pattern.
  • digitalmike
  • 16 Mar 2006, 12:46
Good shot. Most of us probably started out with a P&S, and it never hurts to pull it out again. I keep mine with me most of the time just in case the mothership lands and I'm the only one there with a camera.
  • Atul Rana
  • 16 Mar 2006, 15:00
Nice shot, and an even better optical illusion, the rectangular frame in which the image is dosen't seem rectangular, crazy!
  • Veloran
  • 16 Mar 2006, 15:35
Great use of repetition and symmetry! Maybe it could have been a stronger shot if there was a central point of interest, but it is already good as is.
i'm still here! tongue

one word: N-I-C-E!
  • Shuva
  • 16 Mar 2006, 16:36
Extremely pattern...I life the effect when I sroll my screen.
  • Paul
  • 16 Mar 2006, 16:54
Woah, vertigo! And if you scroll the screen up and down really fast, you get a really cool effect.
  • Dia
  • 16 Mar 2006, 17:24
Very cool photo, I did scroll up and down for a while, its really trippin' smile
Tena koe ehoa
An effectual image, creates a very optical delight for the eyes.
  • Suby
  • 16 Mar 2006, 18:08
I think the title says it all, cool, You get a I LIKEY from the Subster. Cherish my man, cherish. Love ly shot.
  • deji
  • 16 Mar 2006, 21:52
really cool particularly on a low-res screen. i do agree about the scrolling. probably next u should tutor us on creating good looking b&w images....
  • joe
  • 17 Mar 2006, 00:55
clean simple. I like.

I love the fact that you have no definate blacks which is a black and white nono but it keeps the image so flat you get vertigo. Nice
Very nice! Great view and perspective.
Really nice composition!
Interesting lines. I would love to play with the new CS2 perspective feature with this image.
Duane I love shots like this; what an endless expanse of windows!

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