Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Scouting Mission


Last week I went on a scouting mission to the University of British Columbia. No, I'm not going back to school, I was scouting for a future photohunt. I have been looking for new places to take early morning photographs. It has been well documented on these pages that it is best to have a very specific location in mind when working during early morning hours. There is no point in wandering the city aimlessly at 5:00 am, looking for a decent composition.

With that in mind, I wandered over to the UBC campus, hoping to find some inspiration. The light was bad because it was noon, but I attempted some photos anyway, hoping that I would come across a few good ideas that I could explore in better light at a later date. As it turns out, there is a lot of construction going on, mainly on the older stone buildings. I tried making some compositions that included the cranes and trucks and fences and such, but I'm not very happy with what I came up with.

For some reason, however, I like the way this photo turned out. This is the Keorner Library. It interested me because of all the glass and straight lines. I took several photos of it, but I like this one best. When I give it a critical analysis, it seems to lack any point of interest, but I like it anyway. I would have liked to have placed the lamp a little higher up so that it occupied the top corner, but I couldn't arrange it that way without covering up the library with the tree.

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 21mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 50

3 Comments:

Anonymous unklrbrt said...

Hi Timmybomb,

Good try for noon (the lighting actually is to bad in this shot). I see what you mean about the lamp - why don't you water it (with Photoshop) and it could 'grow' taller & be right where you want it.

Save your morning trip to UBC until I get back. and if it is'nt to early, I would like to join you on the outing.



Also, I couldn't help but agree with Reg on the last photo (the sunset).

"A little work and some selective dodging could make it quite nice.
. . . the subject matter while not the most exciting is pleasant, the exposure adequate and the sharpness sufficient."

If someone said that about one of my photos, or said that it was "nice" (and nothing else), then I would read between the lines = "lame"


See you soon, give Bethany an extra hug today!

unklrbrt

1:11 PM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Laurie said...

This image looks like the kind you would find on one of the schools brochures. Maybe not the type of thing you would hang on a wall, but good in a commercial context. the only thing lacking for that purpose are students.

3:26 PM, August 23, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

I imagine there are quite a few opportunities here during the "golden hours" of the day. I hope you return here to shoot again. This is a lovely library.

3:04 AM, August 24, 2006  

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