View Full Version : The Urban Environment

10-19-2006, 08:52 PM
so anyway, i live in a extremely urbanised area and dont get a chance to leave much at all
and i love landscape/nature photography, since im not great at taking shots of people
my dilemma is this:
it seems as if everywhere i turn i can't take a nice, clean image without powerpoles, random/ugly objects getting in the way
am i not looking hard enough or what?
any advice/pointers would be tops

10-20-2006, 04:53 AM
I have seen many great urban shots. I have seen many great shots of dirty machineries, industrial sites; etc. There are many suburban parks, botanical gardens that you can visit and take good macro photos. I have seen great shots of tree roots and leaves.....
Even those ugly objects can make interesting photographic objects in their own rights. You just have to let your photographic flair takes over. Just check out the various image forums to get inspiration.

10-20-2006, 05:52 AM
I live in an urban environment as well. I really love to get away from there to take pictures since I am a lot like you in that I would prefer to take photos of animals at the zoo or fall leaves on a farm somewhere. I use to also have problems with the ugly power poles but I have since learned that there are ways to stage photos, even with these ugly things in them, so that you come out with a photo that may actually surprise you by how nice it actually looks. Itís just a really different mindset that you are going to have to work to develop. It is going to take some time to do so but if you look and stage enough photos you are sure to start seeing other great photo opportunities that you had previously overlooked and thus missed out on. Of course, like Tim said you can also try to find a good suburban park or botanical garden to visit. This will work especially well now that the holidays are near because of all the Christmas decorations that will soon be springing up.

10-21-2006, 04:22 AM
so anyway, i live in a extremely urbanised area.

Use what you have available. Compose thoughtfully then share your environment with the world.

10-21-2006, 03:31 PM
Just remember, a subject doesn't have to be beautiful to be interesting; especially from a photographic perspective.

10-21-2006, 11:21 PM
thanks for all the advice
i'll just keep shooting and remain patient
after all
it's not hard to press that delete button if i dont like it:)

10-23-2006, 05:32 AM
it's not hard to press that delete button if i dont like it:)

Please don't discard what may seem routine and unimportant to you. I am looking forward to your work.

The photos I see of Sidney are produced by the tourist bureau. I'ld much rather see where you live and work, warts and all.


11-21-2006, 08:36 AM
I sent the OP a message and it ended up quite lengthy, so I figured it would be also worth posting since i took the time, maybe someone else could benefit (if it is worth anything).

I was looking at your thread you started back a good while ago about Urban environment and subjects, but I thought I would drop you a message. Its Ironic because i live in the mountains and far and away prefer what you call "urban" shots. I find that even though there is something delapitated, rusted, broken and dirty it can still be interesting, even aesthetically pleasing.

people see me surrounded by the mountains and while they are taking their shots of the vista, I'm over at the sign taking pictures of the rusted bolt, or in the parking lot shooting a tail pipe. lol

I get allot of questions about it, its about what that forgotten thing represented, how in a neglected state it can be beautiful or with dramatic lighting it can be profound. regardless the craft of making a photo still exists. here is a gallery of my outing last weekend (not my best stuff but it gets the point across)

http://www.photogpoint.com/fig/ (http://www.photogpoint.com/fig/)

Landscapes and portraits are something I enjoy doing, but I am very bad at it, Its something I want to really work on, but I often get distracted by that valve over there :p

11-21-2006, 02:55 PM
Here are some examples of great urban shots from some forum members here ...




Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You're just not looking hard enough :D

11-28-2006, 11:03 PM
I love street photography, it is mostly what I do :)

My only tip is to look at things which are not at eye level, we see that everyday. Look up and down, don't be intrusive (no zoom lenses!) and be discreet. Patience is hte true key.

edit to add: I used to live in a very rural part of England (which is also an area of outstanding natural beauty) and the landscape just does not inspire me! I've seen the autumn colours, rolling green hills and long horizons since I was a kid - it just does nothing for me. The city on the other hand... that is my domain ;)





12-01-2006, 02:50 PM
Folks, I would love some of your urban shots. I live near Philadelphia but I don't get to go there much.
I do an online 3D comic that I'd love some cityscapes and backdrops for.
I do 3D modeling and I am always using these kinds of pictures. I mostly have to make them digitally.

I'd be willing to give full credit on my site for any pictures I use.

Looking for some down the streets shots and back alley shots too. With as little people in them as possible because I'll have to Photoshop the faces out.

Hey FLiPMaRC, that picture by Dustyporch is very cool.

Any and all help would be great.