Until very recently, I’ve found it quite
difficult to get abstract images of
isolated patterns and shapes. My
normal weapon of choice for general
architectural shooting has always been
a wide-angle prime, most often my
trusty Nikon 24mm tilt-shift lens.
However, as wonderful as wide primes
are for shooting architecture and
cityscapes, they are not so brilliant
when it comes to creating those more
Using a zoom lens makes abstract
photographs so much easier to achieve,
enabling you get close-ups to isolate
the parts that catch your eye, whether
that’s details in the façades, or some
other unique pattern that you’ve
spotted. I’ve been using a Nikon
24-70mm standard zoom for this, and
it’s helped with capturing abstract
images so much.
A longer telephoto-zoom would
probably work even better for this style
of photography, and this is something
I plan on giving a go in the future.
darkening blue skies, for instance. Yet, as with
much easier and the image will look better for it.
Finding these contrasts in the architecture is
certainly easier in newer buildings. Smoked or
t i nted gla ss is much more popu la r t ha n it used to be.
as they are not normally good for architectural
photography, with the harsh light of the sun causing
such as the sun creating bright spots as it hits the
patterns and contrasts that wouldn’t normally be
the good parts will need to be isolated from the
photography. Photographers tend to take photos of
taking landscape and coastal images, yet getting to
close to a city makes taking photos of architecture
and buildings much easier for me personally, and
Smooth water and reflections
interested me the most when looking at others’ work
for inspiration, so it made sense for me to start
caught my eye when looking at this particular style.
water smooth and bright.
Tidal times are an important factor in shooting
it. There are times when the water is really still. This
would normally be at low tide, early in the
Above left: There are
inside buildings that
you would never know
were there. So, ensure
that you explore!
reflections in glass
buildings isn’t easy, but
the results are very