I’ve been focusing my entries on a photographic tour of my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts that I took with PhotoWalks in order to challenge my ability to make more compelling images.
Strolling through Beacon Hill, the Federal-style architecture is really striking. Last fall, I made some images there but found them a bit bland. Saba, our guide, found ways to make them more interesting. In the shot of the gold-domed State House, we used foliage to frame the shot a bit. In many of our images, we used angles that captured the gas lamps in the shots in creative ways. On Joy Street, she suggested tilting the camera a bit to make it more interesting. Then, she also saw a truck with a black hood and thought to use this as a mirror to shoot the reflections of the buildings. We also looked for buildings that had unique features, such as Number 24 Pinkney Street in which no two windows are the same.
Lesson learned: Don’t shoot architecture only straight on or from a 45 degree side angle. Use other angles, tilt your camera, or shoot low and up on some shots. Try framing or using interesting reflections. Crop the cars out of your shots. Incorporate interesting details, like the gas lamps or flags. Be creative.
For those of you planning to visit Boston and are interested in going out with PhotoWalks, please go to http://www.photowalks.com.