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The Economist Group

By randomrubble  
Had my first dedicated architectural photo shoot for ages on Sunday. It's part of a new project started for a short course I'm taking with Grace Lau, a Hastings based art photographer.

I am aiming to document remaining examples of the 1950's 'New Brutalism' Architectural movement. WHile this perhaps isn't strictly Brutalist it was designed by Alison & Peter Smithson, who coined the phrase New Brutalism.

Tags: London Architecture Economist Brutalism

Voters: SteveCharles, Pavan_Chavda, DRicherby

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SteveCharles 16 2.3k 18 England
31 Jan 2011 12:34PM
Nice, like the soft balance between natural and artificial light. Could use a little distortion correction I think. You might get a few more lights on on a weekday, too Wink Sounds like an interesting project, look forward to more.

I was also out in London yesterday doing some personal work for the first time in ages. The afternoon/early eveing light was fantastic, although I managed to find myself on a train when the sky was at it's most spectacular...

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DRicherby 10 269 726 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2011 12:50AM
Nice shot. Whether or not to correct the verticals is largely a matter of choice -- after all, we're used to looking up at buildings and seeing the verticals converge. Sometimes, if you make them perfectly vertical, they even look as if they're leaning outwards because we're so used to the convergence. It might be worth cropping the building along the left edge of the frame, though -- you could crop to the point where it meets the Economist building and clone out the rest.
randomrubble 15 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2011 9:30AM
Thanks both, I agree to some extent with both of your comments. I wasn't entirely happy with the composition I was getting with the 16-35 and this was the best compromise I could get to on the day. I am also concerned by the level of distortion sooo, I've sold the 16-35 and am buying 17mm TS-E.

I will be going back in a week or two...
SteveCharles 16 2.3k 18 England
23 Feb 2011 3:35PM
I don't mind a bit of convergance, it's more the curvature and what looks like a bit of CA I was referring to.

17mm TS-E - wow. Serious lens. Although I tend to think I'd find it limiting by being too wide, oddly enough. But I look forward to seeing your work with it. I've actually just sold my 24mm PC-E would you believe, and bought a Mamiya 7II. Sounds like a crazy move, but I'm gravitating more towards documentary/art and less purely architectural work. Although I wouldn't rule out getting another one when I can afford it!
randomrubble 15 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2011 11:10PM
If anyone's interested the variations just uploaded show the photo as taken - before Photoshop corrections in variant 2, then a 17mm TS-E shot take slightly closer to the building as variation 3.

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