Summer is a good time for architectural photoigraphy. From a photographic standpoint, colors of course become more intense, but the contrast is also helpful for monochrome photography, and with the right filters (film or digital), extra punch and contrast can be given to skies. Given London’s relatively high latitude, even during the height of summer the sun doesn’t go perpendicularly overhead as it does in the tropics – which means not being quite so restricted about shooting during noon.
I find that for architecture at higher or lower latitudes, this time of day is actually quite interesting because it highlights the textures and geometry of the construction; interesting shadows and windows of light are projected and form shady refuges or places to be avoided because of the heat and intensity of reflection off neighboring buildings. Only the masochistic photographer remains, pointing their lens into the sun and slowly inducing retinal damage in the name of a good photograph…
This series was shot with a Pentax 645Z, 25, 55 and 90mm lenses and a Ricoh GR. You might also find the Monochrome Masterclass workshop video handy for the postprocessing and tonal management techniques used for these images.
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