Aug 06

Finding photos in the shadows

I went downtown for a quick jaunt today.  I went to North Bank Park, where I go a lot.  I’ve exhausted a lot of the photographic opportunities here, at least when it comes to the cityscape…(though I think it’s impossible to truly exhaust a location…it just gets harder).  I got a few nice photos, but nothing unique.  Then I looked at the ground and noticed the shadows.  I used them as a major focal point today…using them first as a semi-abstract pattern, then as a leading line into the city skyline.  Don’t forget to look down!

Arcing Shadows – Olympus E-M5 with Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 @ 15mm

Umbrella City – Olympus E-M5 with Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 @ f/8

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Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad


  1. Hendrik demey

    Re Umbrella City: This picture seems to be HDR….Is this due to the Voigtlander, an Olympus art-filter or post-processing?

  2. Jordan Steele

    It is not an HDR. It’s due to the processing, which is mostly from tweaking tonal contrast with Nik Color Efex Pro 4. It can sometimes bring out an HDR like look because you can bring out contrast in all areas of the image, and tweak them until you get what you want. Plus, the E-M5 has pretty wide dynamic range, so there’s lots of data to work with there.

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