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Chicago Abstract

chicago

Another image from one of my favorite cities to shoot architectural abstracts. This one was done with a Sony and a 100-400mm lens.  I then corrected perspective in post-processing so all the lines were straight up and down.  The golden glow was caused by early morning light which is my favorite shooting time in Chicago.

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Abstract Bow

Abstract svalbard

I am always looking for the picture in the picture.  This is a photo of an old beached boat on a beach in Svalbard.  What I like to od is shoot the picture of the larger subject (the boat) itself then go in close and start to look for new compositions.  Sometimes I use a long lens like the 100-400nn lens.  In this shot, I saw the bow of the ship as it’s own abstract photo.  I moved back a bit and zoomed in with the telephoto lens to compress the image a bit.  Then I shot it.  At first, if you see the images you might not know what it is.  This forces the viewer to stop for a minute to figure it out. Some people may not even figure it out.  I like this subject as it has a lot of things I like, such as rust and peeling paint.  Enjoy.

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Look For It

Like yesterday’s post I look for images that are just part of something bigger.  This image is an oil storage tank I found in Valparaiso, Argentine when visiting there.  I put the long lens on and shot the tank with the stairway going through from one corner to the other.  It makes a viewer stop and look at the image because they don’t know what they are looking at.

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Abstract In Ice

Once again I am looking for the picture in the picture.  I will say this is an abstract image of a close up of a really pretty iceberg in Greenland.  I shot it from a zodiac handheld with a Sony a9 and 100-400mm lens.  I found a ton of cool looking ice in Greenland I did this with.  I’m going to make large prints and see how it looks on the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dried Iceland Mud

I know it’s a strange thing to say, but Iceland has the nicest mud. This image was made in a geothermal field in Iceland.  As I was walking around this giant area that had bubbling hot springs with bubbling mud I came across dried out areas.  The mud had dried and cracked. It looked so pretty so I did a series of images.  This is one of them.  Kind of abstract but not.  I liked it and hope you do.

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New York City Building Abstract

New York City, Building Abstract
New York City, Building Abstract

I simply love New York.  Who doesn’t? If you are a photographer you can find a vast number of subjects to photograph.  Lately I have been looking for the abstract in images of buildings.  This is an image I made on the way back from a business meeting.  The reflections and the scaffolding all lent to make a different kind of image.

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Iceland Delta

River Delta from the air in Iceland
River Delta from the air in Iceland

On our trip last week to Iceland we chartered a helicopter.  Iceland from the air is a whole other world.  We were able to open the door and the pilot did a great job getting us to the good locations.  I think he has done this before.  One of the things that becomes obvious quickly is the abstract of the landscape.  This is a shot done of a river delta and the muddy waters.  without a reference you wouldn’t know what you were looking at.  Made with the Nikon D800E with a 24-70mm lens at 1600th of a sec.

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Abstract Fun

Letters Abstract, Cornwall, UK
Letters Abstract, Cornwall, UK

My friend Art Wolfe is one of the most respected photographers out there.  I have enjoyed shooting with him in various locations around the world.  One of the things that always amazes me is how he sees.  He can see the big picture that may be mundane and nothing and see the smaller masterpiece in it.  This image is like that.  On the rear of a large and old crane in a shipyard was the deeply embossed letters and name of the maker of the crane.  This shot it just a portion of that.  Yet, if you didn’t know what it was you maybe would not be able to figure out what you were looking at. I challenge myself where ever I am to not  only see the big picture, but also to look for the small picture too.  Thanks Art!