Frontage & Depth

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 09 2013

Category: architecture

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Focal Length:24mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Afterwork Winter

Another in the series of retail studies. Street level. Massive corner visibility. Wraparound second level. Many a shoe.

In these shots its really the struggle for symmetry, squared-offness. Get the stairway centered in the middle pane, shift to fit, back up on the sidewalk ’cause there ain’t no zoom, level the camera (all handheld here, so that can be tricky), and a couple more steps to boot. Fun though. A nice working process, at least until inquisitive pedestrians get thrown into the mix.

Speaking of, the more I shoot this kind of work the more I simply ignore passersby. If I’m in rapt concentration trying to get the angles right, and they’re going to stop walking so they don’t get in the shot… well, good bless’em. I say always walk in front of photographers. If you didn’t continue walking, I’d singlehandedly bring foot traffic to a halt while really just trying to be as absent from the scene as possible.


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