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Frank King

Frank King

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I've been making photographs for at least 30 years, ever since buying a 35-mm. camera for a college journalism program. When I've thought about it, I realized my motivation is to be in amazing places at special moments because those moments, to me, are connections with God and His cathedral, planet Earth. Switching from slide film to digital a few years ago thoroughly rejuvenated my interest in the art. I've photographed extensively in Ireland and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia. I often use polarizers, graduated density filters and enhancing filters because even more important that showing you what I saw, I wants you to experience what I felt. And if that means a bit of exaggeration, no problem. I do stop short, however, of HDR creations. Websites: http://www.FrankKingPhotos.ca http://FranksCottage.Wordpress.com/ Twitter: @frankkingphotos
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon 18-70 mm, 35-70 mm., 70-300 mm.
  • Manfrotto tripod, two-stop hard-edge graduated density filter, polarizer, enhancing filter

Urban streetscapes - finding ART in the CLUTTER

Published December 15th, 2013

By Frank King

To many eyes - maybe even yours - urban landscapes have as much order and artistry as a plate of stew. It’s all just a jumbled mess of awkwardly placed buildings, roads, parking lots and streetlights, right?

Often, yes. But you might be surprised at just how many photographic opportunities can be found by discerning, patient eyes. Since I’ve turned my attention to urban landscapes (buildings, streetscapes, artworks and close-ups) I’ve been thrilled to produce some of the most striking pictures in my 30-plus years of photography.

So how do you enter an urban environment with a camera and come away with something besides frustration? Here’s what I’ve learned

1. What kind of light?

You’ve probably read that for many types of outdoor photography, the beginning and end of daylight is the best illumination possible. Generally, that applies to urban landscapes, too.

“Blue hour”, what many photographers call that 45-minute period after sunset and before sunrise, is often crucial ...

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