Creative reflections

Pinnacle reflections

One key part of my ‘create’ theme for the year is to get back into taking photos regularly. I’ve been watching a great set of lessons on Skillshare – Street Photography: Capture the life of your city.

It’s run by photographer Trashhand and consists of 15 short videos around a central 4-photo assignment. In it we’re asked to go out and show our city in four categories – street portraits, look up, motion and night. Each theme is broken down into a session where Trashhand looks at photos he’s taken and talks us through how and why he made the photographs. Fascinating stuff.

You’re then asked to put together your own four photos for an assignment, and comment on each other’s work. I’ve always been a fan of the ‘look up’ photography, especially as Leeds has some fantastic (and some not-so-fantastic) architecture.

I took a few shots on the walk up to work and will decide later which one to submit for my assignment, or whether to take some more. I love the reflections in the one above.

What do you think? Which do you prefer? Not Leeds’ prettiest buildings by a long shot, but interesting trying to get a good angle on some of the more brutalist architecture!


Author: dave

Book reviewer, occasional writer, photographer, coffee-lover, cyclist, spoon carver and stationery geek.

6 thoughts on “Creative reflections”

  1. First of all, I like the first photo so much because of the reflections on the windows.
    Secondly, I totally agree on your attempt to get a good angle on brutal or not-so-beautiful architecture.
    I used to live in Rome, Italy a few years ago and had I had Instagram or these million sharing tools, I’d have had plenty of material to draw upon 🙂
    Now, though, I’m in a small town where you really have to turn to the best angle to exalt beauty.
    Have a great weekend!
    Mary –

      1. Hi Dave! Well, I guess I’ll have to try to come at peace with this little town so that pictures can be taken. I’ll make sure to let you know when this happens 🙂 Have a good weekend.

  2. Hi Dave, Nice capture, I like the contrast, and would be interested to know what camera you used? Or was this taken with a phone camera its difficult to tell these days as some of the phone cameras are so good! If you used a camera, did you use a filter?

    I love photography, not been able to get out and about recently and I really miss it, but have been able to do a bit of photo editing. I use PicMonkey, a FREE programme that suits my needs, and lets me be creative too.

    I look forward to seeing more of your images soon.

    1. Thanks Maria. That was taken with my little Canon point & shoot Powershot A1200. It’s small and very cheap but in the right light you can get a decent photo out of it!

      Image was tweaked a little in Gimp (no Photoshop, too expensive) to bring out the contrast.

      You’re dead right with the phone camera – I took one yesterday (on my Instagram feed) on my phone which at the size it’s displaying, is hard to tell the difference. I’ve had some photos in Flickr’s explore from the Canon too – I love my DSLR but find it bulky to carry around with me!

      I’ve just upgraded from the Canon to a better compact – better in the ‘more controls and dials’ and faster lens. It’s a Nikon Coolpix P340 – looking forward to getting out and playing with it.

  3. You’ll have a lot of fun with the Nikon…I’ve got a Nikon DSLR, and a Cannon Sureshot compact which I love, its just so handy, but I do confess to using my iPhone quite a bit too. Like you, I find the DSLR a bit of a bind to carry around, so it only usually comes out on holidays, or days out.

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