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Active Assignment Weekly November 7 - 14: Interesting Architecture


WIT: I'm glad this was the assignment for the week, as it has given me a reason to practice my architectural photography - I don't much of it, otherwise.


This is the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Building, part of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. It was designed by Daniel Libeskind, and is a very striking building, especially when juxtaposed against the older buildings in the area. It actually juts out from the original ROM, which is a more traditional structure.


I wanted to try a different perspective from just taking a straight-on photo of the Crystal - I thought it would be cool to show the reflection in the window of the building and the contrast with the older buildings. I lay on the sidewalk, pointed the camera up till I got the reflection I wanted, and I lined up the buildings across the street to follow the line of the Crystal and took the shot.


I did not crop (unusual for me!), and converted to BW in post. I must say that using a fixed-lens camera does make me think a lot more about composition in-camera, as I don't have the luxury of zooming in and out.

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Taken on November 9, 2010