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The Urban Image Thread

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Luckypenguin, May 9, 2011.

  1. So you've got an image taken in the city/town/suburbs that doesn't have the necessary explicit or implicit human story to be street, doesn't have enough emphasis on building forms to be architecture, or has a combination of the living and built environment so it can't be classified as either. What is it then? Maybe it is an Urban Image.

    This thread is for images of the urban environment taken at street level, but not street (if you know what I mean). Street can be found here.

    For larger scale Urban Landscapes and Cityscapes see the sister thread here.


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5669395528/" title="P4232427-PPR2 Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5669395528_40c1e65172_z. "640" height="640" alt="P4232427-PPR2 Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street"></a>
    E-P1 + Zuiko 4/3 35mm f3.5 Macro


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5692597885/" title="P4232494-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5692597885_a0d9c529b9_b. "1024" height="768" alt="P4232494-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street"></a>
    E-P1 + OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5546178001/" title="P3122244-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5546178001_3efcf663ff_z. "480" height="640" alt="P3122244-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Street"></a>
    E-P1 + Canon nFD 50mm f1.4


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5455932634/" title="P1221489-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5455932634_f52bdd984e_z. "480" height="640" alt="P1221489-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3"></a>
    E-P1 + OM Vivitar 24mm f2.8
     
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  2. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Feb 5, 2011
    Like the idea, Luckypenguin! I'd suggest 'urban design photography'? It's a tricky thing to name, I think! I reckon 'urban juxtapositions' is a bit of an unwieldy title, but I think that would cover these pics of mine...


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    Trafalgar Square

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    Sacred & Profane

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    Cheesy Big Ben/London Eye/Black cab combo

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    Square, square, square, circle

    All taken with GF1+20mm, though wish I had a telephoto to hopefully compress distance a bit for the last one!
     
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  3. Thanks for posting your images, dabbler. It is something that is hard to give a single name to. It might have to be "The Urban [-Insert name here-] Thread".
     
  4. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I love this Urban Impressions thread....
    Not that there's anything wrong with that....
    Just sayin'....
     
  6. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5396419337/" title="P1221596-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5396419337_ab6ef385a4_z. "640" height="480" alt="P1221596-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3" /></a>
    E-P1 + OM Vivitar 24mm f2.8


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5455321293/" title="P1221486-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5455321293_bc60dcd609_z. "480" height="640" alt="P1221486-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3" /></a>
    E-P1 + OM Vivitar 24mm f2.8
     
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  7. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
  8. I love that one, Strato. The half open door leading into the alley is the perfect touch.
     
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  9. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    And there's actually another set of doors behind it.
     
  10. BrianK

    BrianK Mu-43 Veteran

    309
    Jan 20, 2011
    Lansing MI
    Lansing Downtown Winter

    Cold Lansing Morning.
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    Another View

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  11. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
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  12. Nice shots, K. I like 3, 4 and the last the best.

    I think we're establishing that this is a fairly open genre, given that we've had at least five suggested names so far!
     
  13. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Love this idea Nic. Urban Landscapes......

    Here's my "prior to the first client" contribution.

    Urban Landscapes.

    SoHo NYC

    P1000525.


    Average Apartment Building, NYC

    P1000505.
     
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  14. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5171724706/" title="PA162934-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3 by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr">"480" height="640" alt="PA162934-PPR Olympus Pen E-P1 Micro 4/3"></a>
    E-P1 + Canon nFD 28mm f2.8
     
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  15. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Providence, RI - Rainy Day

    Providence, RI - Rainy Day



    Providence_Rainy_Day.
     
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  16. RonSmith

    RonSmith Mu-43 Top Veteran

    505
    Apr 7, 2010
    Michigan
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  17. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5706225451/" title="P4232547-PPR Olympus Pen E_P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Urban by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5706225451_4d764d5fda_b. "1024" height="576" alt="P4232547-PPR Olympus Pen E_P1 Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Brisbane - Urban"></a>
    E-P1 + M Zuiko 17mm f2.8
     
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  18. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Feb 5, 2011
    Great thread! Stratokaster, are the photos in your first post of Kyiv? Streets made for people, not cars! Love it.

    I've pondered a bit further about what to call this category, and suggest it could be divided into two parts:

    1. 'Cityscapes': photos taken across many rooftops, or of a wide open space in an urban area showing many buildings.

    2. 'Streetscapes': photos taken at (more or less) ground level that show objects in their built environment which are arranged in such a way as to form graphically interesting relationships and/or suggest incongruity, ideas, a particular mood, humour etc.

    Hmm, on the basis of that I think the writers of the Oxford English Dictionary can rest easy in their jobs! Any modifications/other ideas?
     
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  19. stratokaster

    stratokaster Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 4, 2011
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Pavel
    Dabbler, unfortunately, no: these photos were taken in the city of many names currently known as Lviv (aka Lvov, Lwow, Lemberg, Leopolis etc.).
     
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  20. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

    479
    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Why "unfortunately"? L'viv, or Львів, is a beautiful city on its own, whoever "owned" it over the years. City of so many states and languages... I'm not partial, even if my aunt still lives there, and I spent my summers up over the park with every other "paçan" (kid) in the block. There I got my first camera: FED 3 with Industar "L" as in Lanthane...

    Хай живе вільна Україна ! :wink: