Week 17 – Urbanscape

This weeks assignment from the 52 week photo challenge was a bit of a change up. It’s landscape week, but instead of heading to the woods or the mountains, the challenge was to shoot a “landscape style” shot in the city.

As it turns out, I have another project in mind that calls for a skyline and a waterway, so that meant that I could – possibly – kill two birds with the same shoot. We’ll see how the other project develops, but as for a cityscape I was fairly pleased.

The subject is Jacksonville, Florida. I often travel to Florida, so pulling off the interstate for a bit wasn’t a problem. Jacksonville sits on the St. John’s river, so a vantage point across the water makes a perfect location for getting a view of the entire skyline. Of course, if you want the whole skyline, you’re going to need a very wide angle lens from that distance, and a typical shot is going to include a lot of sky. So I opted for a panorama, created from two horizontally oriented photographs, one of the “right” and the other of the “left”, then I stitched them together in Photoshop. It would have been better to have turned my camera on its end and taken 3 or 4 images, but for this purpose I really didn’t need that much detail in the picture.

Jacksonville, Florida

Technical Details:

  • Nikon D7100
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
  • 24mm
  • 1/500 @ f/5.6
  • ISO 100

Challenges and things to continue working on: There’s a lot of blue in this image. It would have been nice to have a few clouds to break up the sky a bit. Or I could have taken the shot at twilight to have pulled some golden tones from the lights. But I suppose the tourism industry in “the Sunshine State” are probably happy the way it is.

The other shots were taken after dark, for the purpose of a more complicated project. We’ll see how that develops.

The takeaway: This was a different take on a typical process for me. I understand landscape photography. I don’t mean to say that I do it well, but that I understand the process, the tools, the work flow, etc. It was fun to apply those things to a different subject.

I think I’ll be watching for other skyline and cityscape opportunities. One of the challenges will be to find more creative views and vantage points. Off to Google Earth we go!

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