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    Urban fragments.

    I was looking at a thread on POTN in which the OP suggested posting pictures of parts of the urban make up, here's the gist of his criteria.....

    "OK - anyone can take a shot of a interesting skyline or beautiful building. How challenging is that? A more challenging task is taking an everyday slice of urban innanity and turning that into an interesting shot.

    Post your shots of urban landscape fragments - stressing the fragments. I don't mean street scenes; I don't mean people shots. Not shots of a building but an interesting fragment of the building - a window, it's sign, it's brickwork, it's porch, it's cracking paint. It can be a wall, a doorway, a sidewalk, an interesting object in the urban landscape (i.e. hydrant, sewer grate, wooden skid, fire escape. Light bulb, snow on a barb wire fence, ect.). It can be boring inanimate objects but arrayed in an interesting pattern. It can be a decaying wall, beautiful old neon sign, a lone piece of trash on a cobble stone street.
    One of the things I like about photography is the way one can take something common and mundane, yet somehow engage the viewer to notice it's beauty or interestingness. Post shots of architectural details or objects that most people walk by without noticing a photo that suggests there's something worth stopping for the next time one walks by (if one had time in this busy life).
    So ideally, there should be no people, no skies or horizons, no whole buildings or cityscapes just fully filled frames of urban fragments from the urban jungle in which we exist.
    It can be an interesting pattern of something as mundane as a taxi sign or bike racks."

    I thought it might make an interesting thread here, so here's a start....














    Last edited by magirus; 11th August 2013 at 10:56.

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    Some interesting shots, showing that as a photographer you are attracted to these details. I think it will be an interesting thread and look forward to the postings.

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    Interesting challenge.

    I'll set myself the task of getting into an urban setting and have a go at joining in!

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    Good to see some interest already. The shots I've posted are from my archive, but the theme gives a wide ranging impetus to get out and take some new ones. Meanwhile here's some frost being turned into vapour.........


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    Great idea for a thread. I quite often try taking pics from unusual angles...
    With varying degrees of success. Here are a few of my urban fragments from my travels...









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    DSC_5403 by Westy_, on Flickr


    DSC_5286 by Westy_, on Flickr


    DSC_5161 by Westy_, on Flickr

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    I keep getting drawn back to this one, so much going on in it:

    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post


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    I guess these are fragments...

    Although they are strangely wonderful. Manhole covers in Japan:


    Ueno manhole cover by Noodlefish, on Flickr


    Himeji cranes manhole by Noodlefish, on Flickr


    Another Himeji manhole by Noodlefish, on Flickr


    Kamakura manhole by Noodlefish, on Flickr

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    Shaping up nicely! Some interesting shots so far, particularly the boot scraper and manhole covers. Keep 'em coming.

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    Urban fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Shaping up nicely! Some interesting shots so far, particularly the boot scraper and manhole covers. Keep 'em coming.
    You should know that boot scraper ...
    It's at Durham cathedral :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    You should know that boot scraper ...
    It's at Durham cathedral :)

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    Got me! Although I recall passing a boot scraper I didn't recognise it!

    Here's a full length pillar hydrant, as tested by me and found to be working circa 1976.



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    Two views of a hole in an old door in a vennel............





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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Which TZuk get together was this taken at?

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    Urban fragments

    Another one from Vienna last week.



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    Urban fragments

    From Helsinki "Bridge of Love" near the waterfront earlier tonight...



    I was knackered after 1st day of a dental conference (don't ask) and really didn't fancy a walk out taking pics, but forced myself out. The rain stopped, the Sun came out and the light was amazing, so I was a happy snapper :) more to follow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    From Helsinki "Bridge of Love" near the waterfront earlier tonight...



    I was knackered after 1st day of a dental conference (don't ask) and really didn't fancy a walk out taking pics, but forced myself out. The rain stopped, the Sun came out and the light was amazing, so I was a happy snapper :) more to follow...

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    Like that shot!

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    Some cracking pics so far.

    I have just the location in mind for a contribution: all I need to do is make some time to get there. :-(

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    Would those do?






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    Good post OP.





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    Keep the shots coming chaps, very good so far but remember......... ... no people or sky!

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    Nice shots. Here are a few of mine.









    I'm afraid that this one has some sky, but it certainly also is of fragments.



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    Urban fragments

    One from Arundel



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    Quote Originally Posted by rfrazier View Post



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    The B&W shot looks familiar, can I ask where it is please? The second is well observed, quite abstract, it would have worked well in the "random" thread as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    The B&W shot looks familiar, can I ask where it is please? The second is well observed, quite abstract, it would have worked well in the "random" thread as well.
    The B&W is of an old plague house, Aitre St-Maclou, in Rouen. It is now houses Rouen's Fine Arts Academy. In was in a thread I had on Rouen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfrazier View Post
    The B&W is of an old plague house, Aitre St-Maclou, in Rouen. It is now houses Rouen's Fine Arts Academy. In was in a thread I had on Rouen.

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    Ah, thanks. I thought it looked familiar yet I knew I hadn't been there or I would likely have photographed it myself!

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    Some cool stuff, will have to dig around for more, but a few from me:












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    Here are a few all taken today with my first outing for my D7000 after upgrading from an old D70 which at the time I thought would be the only camera I'd ever need, silly me eh !
    I dont usually publish my photos anywhere but I bumped into fellow TZer Nigel aka Tempfort so I thought I'd better post the photos I took today.
























    Last edited by Maris; 25th September 2012 at 19:35. Reason: Flickr images disappearing :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maris View Post
    Here are a few all taken today with my first outing for my D7000 after upgrading from an old D70 which at the time I thought would be the only camera I'd ever need, silly me eh !
    I dont usually publish my photos anywhere but I bumped into fellow TZer Nigel aka Tempfort so I thought I'd better post the photos I took today.

    Very good set, looks like you covered some ground! I particularly like the shot with the satellite dishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Very good set, looks like you covered some ground! I particularly like the shot with the satellite dishes.
    Thank you. I didnt need to cover much ground as the first two where taken at the market in Birmingham where I saw Nigel and all the rest where taken in and around The Custard House (literally the old Birds factory) in Digbeth.
    On looking at the satellite dish photo again I wish I'd taken it from a different angle to exclude the sky, maybe on my next visit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maris View Post
    Thank you. I didnt need to cover much ground as the first two where taken at the market in Birmingham where I saw Nigel and all the rest where taken in and around The Custard House (literally the old Birds factory) in Digbeth.
    On looking at the satellite dish photo again I wish I'd taken it from a different angle to exclude the sky, maybe on my next visit...
    A great set for a first outing with the new camera, the scrap wall is very photogenic. It was good to bump into a fellow tog and TZ member. After I left you I spotted a guy with an x100, turned out to be Matt Obrey, a Birmingham street photographer. He takes part in the Birminghamlovesphotoraphers workshops as well. By the way Maris, classy watch!
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    Mediaeval monks' communal bathing facility, Peterborough Cathedral



    Mediaeval monks' communal bathing facility, Peterborough Cathedral ... not visible to the public as it's up in the roof.

    And this is an almost 1000 year old windlass also stored in the roof of the cathedral which was used to lift the Barnack stone up into the heights of the cathedral when it was being built ... expect that several of these were in use.



    And view from the top of the cathedral




    dunk


    EDIT, 21 Sept: Apologies ... just read the 'no people ... no sky' rule
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    Urban fragments

    A few from Liepaja earlier this evening...









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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    A few from Liepaja earlier this evening...
    What you doing in Liepaja? I was there in August. Quite sad looking at some of the large once elegant wooden houses.

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    Some nice pics Zelig and well I like the processing as well!

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    Urban fragments

    Thanks for the comments. All the processing was done on snapseed app for iPad.

    I'm here for a Baltic Polymer conference. Lots of Latvian, Lithuanian an Russian attendees.
    The Conference Gala dinner was last night & each table had a several bottles of wine, cognac & vodka !!

    I'm not expecting many at the 1st session this morning ;)

    I'll post a few pics of the various states of the wooden houses shortly. There's a big EU program to renovate one quarter of the city which, when completed, will be beautiful - at the moment it's just a huge construction site.

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    Urban fragments? Surely this qualifies...?



    The front of the building is literally falling away...



    Soon, it may be fragments :)

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    Last edited by zelig; 21st September 2012 at 08:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maris View Post
    What you doing in Liepaja? I was there in August. Quite sad looking at some of the large once elegant wooden houses.
    Something old... (this is the area being renovated)



    You can just see where an 'extension' has been skillfully grafted onto the rear of this building - but not quite managing to match the original style ;)

    Something new(er)



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    Last edited by zelig; 21st September 2012 at 08:29.

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