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Old Sep 13, 2003, 2:53 AM   #1
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Here there are many beautiful appartment buildings and I have been mystified as to how best to take photoes of them and make them look interesting.

Any advice?
Any photo rules I should know about?

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Old Sep 13, 2003, 4:04 AM   #2
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Be careful not to cut of tops and bottoms. The cars are not very interessting - try getting a shot without them!
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Old Sep 13, 2003, 6:32 AM   #3
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Maybe it looks good when you crop the bit of roof of.... and between the window's and raingutter (?)

and indeed without the cars...
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I agree with both of you.
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Sound engineer,

In light of the comments thus far you might want to see if an abstract of the building facade showing the symmetry of the windows might actually be quite attractive.


Something like:




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The cars would be OK if you got the whole building in the shot, but since you didn't, I agree that it's better without them. I'm not "by the book" with my photography, but my basic plan is to either get all of a building in a shot or to highlight one feature of it. I try to avoid shots that get most of something. I don't know if that's valid... it's not like I have any training.

That said, I like your picture. It could be better, but it's not bad by any means.
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Sound engineer,
In light of the comments thus far you might want to see if an abstract of the building facade showing the symmetry of the windows might actually be quite attractive.
Selvin ,thanx for your post. It helps the discussion.

No , it ain't that attracitve at all !

Klaus and Melanie have suggested some general composition rules that are valid for every shot ( do not place extraneus elements on the border that may distract from the main subject (the reason for removing the left raingutter is even more sofisticated and I can't explain it by words now)).

Yet the cropped shot is boring dead.

The reason however is not in the application of the composition rules !
The reason is that you have a static 3x5 windows shot.
The eye is trapped, it can not move anywhere.
There are no leading lines cause , even if some windoess atre open and some closed, everything is very like the nearby element.
So, completly missing dynamics.

This is one possible solution according to my taste :

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Old Sep 14, 2003, 4:06 PM   #8
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Thankyou all for your comments....there is much to learn about this and all of you are helping very much.
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You gotta find the way to get rid of those cars. There's nothing what a strong guy or two couldn't sort out. Oh, come on, seriously! You can push them back after you take your photos.
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you can take a look at my website - there's a tutorial, that will make you remove unwanted object from any photo. It works and are very easy reading, if I have to tell myself
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