Dr Orloff Or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Converging Vertical


Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 22:07
Here are some images from a stroll around London town recently. The crick in the neck architectural shot is something that I haven't tried before. I don't like converging verticals or Dutch angles so it seemed a good opportunity to confront those demons and to try out some new techniques (for me) on processing to bring my mostly dark visions to fruition. Image heavy, although I have a heap more, and a little crude in part still. C&C of whatever variety welcome:


McAlpine's Fusiliers

Plastic Fantastic Cover


Big Baby Is Watching You

Tower Of Power 1

Tower Of Power 2



Klaatu Barada Nikto 1

Klaatu Barada Nikto 2

Gherkin Of Gloom

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Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 22:10
These are absolutely stunning!

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Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 22:16
These are some really interesting and impressive images.

The only one I don't like on first viewing is #2 - McAlpine's Fusiliers. However, they all need looking at several times before finalising a view.

I think that these are quite sophisticated and require thinking about. I would like to see more of them.

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Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 22:21
Nice set Dr. O

Ok, Ok. Very striking images. Interesting dark and moody. As a set the cranes don't fit, and the transition from light to dark on Tower of Power 2 doesn't quite work. Looks like a lot of haloing which I know it won't be.

So, take out the cranes. Tweak Tower of Power 2, and then find a gallery to exhibit them



Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 22:28
Striking indeed and different.

I like the dark exposures particularly.

Plastic Fantastic Cover, Willis and Lloyds stand out for me. I agree with Alan that the cranes don't quite fit in this set and I think too that the bottom third of that image is needlessly dark.

Quality shines through in this set though, there is nothing here that is anything less than highly competent and some real stunners amongst them.


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Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 22:58
I like the cranes, even if they don't fit in. A cross between War of the Worlds and Day of the Triffids. The McAlpine offices below get in the way a bit, literally and figuratively ... but without them there wouldn't be the cranes.

Otherwise, I particularly like the boldness of nos. 1 and 3. I'm not convinced all the verticals come off successfully, but that's the nature of experimentation. No.5 is an arresting piece of sculpture; that bright light in the left of your shot might at a stretch be a surrogate for the missing eye!
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Link Posted 22/05/2014 - 23:08
#1 and #3 for me.

In #1 the offset vertical line up the building adds a suitably jarring/assymetrical note, and of course the plane is superbly positioned.

#3 because of the textures of the sheeting captured so well. And because it's The Crimson Permanent Assurance. Obviously.

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Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 00:34
Greawt Set Doc!

Very dark and moody as said. the cranes is perhaps my favourite. the only criticism on that one is it should be framed with some off the left and some on the right to avoid the right hand crane hitting the right edge. A case of not paying enough attention to the edges of the frame.

Other than that very enjoyable to view!!

I also note the Illuminati "hidden in plain sight" symbolism of the One Eye Big baby. Illuminati/mystery babylon symbolism is all over the place.
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Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 06:51
A magical set, Doc. One of the best I've seen for a while. A study in gloominess.

I'd have used levels and the balanced histogram to lighten most of these: I'd nave been wrong and the shots would have been run-of-the-mill.
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Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 08:03

That is all.


Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 08:35
A style of photography that I was hooked on a couple of years ago but my interest waned.

I now realise why - I was producing stunningly average and mildly interesting images. Whereas I find these stunningly interesting!

Thanks Doc - you have re-awakened my interest, thought my cricked neck photography was over, but..............

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Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 08:47
Very enjoyable set! Thanks for sharing
...nice to see the DA12-24 put to very good use too.
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Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 08:55
Very cool set. Really we'll done. Gherkin of doom is really great I think. Top stuff

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Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 09:16
Superb! Thank you for sharing.




Link Posted 23/05/2014 - 09:21
Good to see some low-key key building shots Doc, and all beautifully taken. Yes, converging verticals can work sometimes - the cranes is a classic example which makes them look like their having a private meeting!

Its all a bit doom & gloom, but effective no doubt. It works best where the highlight areas take up a smaller part of it. Where there's greater contrast across more of the frame the edges start to reveal themselves too harshly - better where the transitions are slow & smooth.

What approach to metering did you take? Was it spot on the highlights, or did you look for midtones and lower it from there?
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