The Artistic City
Old 05-07-2019   #1
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The Artistic City

Lets see some of your more artistic interpretations of cityscapes.
Here are some to start the ball rolling. I frequently use windows to frame shots like this and the reflections add an other-wordly element which I find welcome. Plus of course, a goodly "dollop" of post processing for the sake of experimentation. And its fun to focus in on some detail which somehow represents or suggests the whole scene. The following of mine tend to be older images as I used to make many shots of this sort, though today I tend to focus more on street scenes. In fact, I used to spent so much time looking up at tall buildings that I even considered producing an anthology which I thought of calling "Shooting up". Thankfully cooler heads prevailed. (smiley face)

Dramatic by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Melbourne Skyline 4 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Textures on City by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

City Nocturne 3 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Skyline Impressions South Bank Melbourne by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

City Nocturne 2 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Sky blue by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Presence of the Past by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

South Bank Esplanade Melbourne Tryptich by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Sky blue by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Yellow crane, blue sky by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Skyline 2 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Framed in Red by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

A higher calling by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

Impressions 5 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Old 05-12-2019   #2
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I'm a big fan of your signature style, Peter. I love the impermanence and oneiric quality of the wavy reflections.
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Old 05-12-2019   #3
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Here is something in that vein.

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Old 05-12-2019   #4
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Old 07-13-2019   #5
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Here is something in that vein.


I have belatedly just now discovered this post and i have to say I like this interpretation very much indeed. Well done froyd.
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Old 08-23-2019   #6
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Old 08-31-2019   #13
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This is quite an old photo but somehow I had overlooked its potential. I recently found it again and following some relatively minor adjustments I posted it to Flickr. I enjoy the potential for images of building to be artistic especially when caught as reflections, with interesting framing or with strong areas of light and shadow.

Cityscape Reflected by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

A lot can be made sometimes of simple juxtaposition of old and new (or indeed newish and newer as in the second image below). I am not so sure about the color I have used here but its been posted already so I will need to live with it.

Arches by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

City Verticals by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

And finally this one. Despite what you may think there is no "jiggery-pokery' in post processing here, other than some tidying up of tones etc. What you see are legit reflections in windows. I am often surprised how slight differences in angles of glass panes throw entirely different perspectives.

Reflected in a City Window. by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Peter, I find you offer a surprising and stunning new avatar of the materializing tendencies of the the avant-garde.

Sorry, as you know I like your work, I stole the above from a book.
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Peter, I find you offer a surprising and stunning new avatar of the materializing tendencies of the the avant-garde.

Sorry, as you know I like your work, I stole the above from a book.


Thank you very much. (I think).............. I am not quite convinced I know what this quote means, but it sounds good and since you like my efforts, I say again, thank you.
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Thank you very much. (I think).............. I am not quite convinced I know what this quote means, but it sounds good and since you like my efforts, I say again, thank you.
I don't understand it either (it was a joke). But I do like your work.
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I don't understand it either (it was a joke). But I do like your work.

Yep I realized it was a joke. It sounds like your sense of humor is much the same as mine. Word plays and similar are all grist to the mill for me. However I am not thinking terribly insightfully today so I could not work the precise meaning out.

Or as a internet meme I read yesterday expressed it "I can't brain today. I has got the dumb".

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We both have some Australian humor then; my great-grandmother was born in Wonnerup, W.A.
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We both have some Australian humor then; my great-grandmother was born in Wonnerup, W.A.


I seem to recall you telling me once before that your great-grandmother was born in Wonnerup. And had forgotten.

Wonnerup is a good old Australian sounding name, though I think I had never actually heard of it before. Even if I were predisposed to disbelieve your statement about having Australian antecedents (which I am not) the mere mention of a name like Wonnerup would make me say. "G'day mate - you are one of us!"

Other contenders might include the mighty metropolises of :
- Mataranka
- Kununurra
- Yulara
- Mungallala
- Tibooburra
- Oodnadatta
- Innamincka

.......and about a million other rural and outback towns, most of which I would not even pretend to be able to pronounce let alone know where they are. (Many of these dusty outback towns which have a main street, a pub, a gas station, a general store, a few dozen permanent residents and several cattle dogs and not much more Oh and at any time there might also be multiple "grey nomads" passing through in 4 wheel drives towing a caravan - grey nomads being a retired couple "doing" Australia before they die).

I feel obliged to note that Wonnerup seems like a positive paradise by comparison. I also say all of this with fond humor and affection for my home country.
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i have a weak spot for fog/mist ...

night fog (I) by sebastel23, on Flickr

night fog (II) by sebastel23, on Flickr

foggy karlsruhe (III) by sebastel23, on Flickr


not exactly art, but i'd like to play, anyway.

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i have a weak spot for fog/mist ...

night fog (I) by sebastel23, on Flickr

night fog (II) by sebastel23, on Flickr

foggy karlsruhe (III) by sebastel23, on Flickr

not exactly art, but i'd like to play, anyway.

cheers,
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So do I have a soft spot for fog, it adds and air of mystery that is normally not present in other images. I like your images very much and yes I think they are artistically achieved. Well done. And my personal hypothesis is that images which have a touch of mystery or which require some interpretation by the viewer are inherently more interesting and engaging. Fog helps.

One of mine from a trip to Hong Kong in 2010

Victoria Harbour 2 by Life in Shadows, on Flickr

And again in 2012

Hong Kong Early Morning Mist: Monochrome by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Love them, the opera house is great.

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Peter, just love the HK pictures.

very inspiring thread, showing so many facets of cityscape photography. big thanks to all contributors.

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An alternate version of a photo I think I have already posted. (Shot through a translucent window blind in a hotel where I was staying at Southbank, Melbourne a few years back.)

Skyscraper Impressions by Life in Shadows, on Flickr
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Nice thread Peter. Love that Impressionistic "Skyscraper Impressions" ^^.

Here's one you might like.. taken at Sydney's QVB with my old 5D


city reflections #0526 by lynnb's snaps, on Flickr
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rainy day, 2010 #P1020750 by lynnb's snaps, on Flickr
Good one. I love reflections in wet pavements etc. But somehow I never think to do them myself - probably because I am too soft to go out in rain.
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Nice thread Peter. Love that Impressionistic "Skyscraper Impressions" ^^.

Here's one you might like.. taken at Sydney's QVB with my old 5D


city reflections #0526 by lynnb's snaps, on Flickr
Oh yes this is great too. Lynn. Love those reflections and the sense of movement
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thanks Peter. I find a large umbrella and an autofocus or scale focus camera best on wet days.

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