Shoot the Big Stuff

Architectural differences from one place to another are pretty hard to miss. They’re immediate visual clues that tell a viewer where your story is set. As backgrounds, great buildings are pretty hard to beat (and impossible to avoid in most urban settings), but relegating them only to background elements is a shame when they often so strongly reflect local values, local craftsmanship, historical influences, and economic conditions. As backgrounds, they provide great hints, but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be the central focus of your image once in a while.

Havana, Cuba.

Canon 5D, 90mm, 1/1600 @ f/6.3, ISO 200

Bangkok, Thailand. ...

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