So I had a vague plan of doing some architectural street photography one day in March.
After visiting my Mother, I went up to The South Bank. It was a cloudy midweek, mid afternoon. As usual, in the heart of London, there were throngs of people everywhere. Tourists, workers, families. They were outside the Tate Modern, walking along the Riverside, hanging out in restaurants. The usual, exciting London vibe.
However it wasn't so busy that you couldn't move. There was enough space for me to do some photography with my now departed, Canon 6D and a 50mm Lens.
I happened upon this young woman who was wearing a red coat (my favourite colour that someone could wear, for Street photography).
As you can see, she was literally just standing in front of the river whilst texting on her phone. I don't need to think too hard about what to do when I see a moment like this.
A buzzy, excited feeling hits me and I literally just put the viewfinder to my eye, look for a pleasing composition and just snap away.
In 'London Girl', I have her on the left side of the frame, with the Millennium Bridge and those beautiful modern buildings, including the Leadenhall, trailing into the distance. The little puddle in the right foreground adds a bit of extra detail...
If the weather had been better I might have had some better light. However, a strong composition and the fairly saturated colours of the people on the bridge and the buildings by the river, make up for the lack of light, in this instance.
And without using a shallow depth of field, I was able to convey depth, with the bankside, in the foreground. Then their is bridge and finally, the buildings in the distance. Because the girl in the red is in the foreground and she is wearing such a striking colour , she is not lost in the scene, giving her a decent contrast, a figure to ground.
With the image, 'Texting', I composed the image so both sets of texters are on both sides of the frame. There is a kind of a leading line going from the couple on the left, to the Red girl; up and across the bridge, all the way to St Paul's Cathedral, on the upper left of the frame.
Once again, the lack of great light, is made up for by a strong composition and decent colour.
In total, I was very pleased with how these images turned out. I managed to combine to of my favourite Photography genres: Street Photography and Architecture Photography.