Jordan McChesney's picture

Urban Japan in Abstract.

Over the last few months I've been going out with my 70-200mm to capture more abstract buildings. This has helped me rediscover the places I've visited many time before. It also allows me to capture more photos without traveling too far, which helps me spend more time with my family, while still getting some keepers. These are a few of my favourites from the past few months.

1) Lines and Boxes
Nikon D850
ISO 400
1/200 sec

2) Lights Out
Nikon D5500
ISO 100
6 sec

3) Split
Nikon D850
1/250 sec

Let me know what you think, which one is your favourite?

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They just kept getting more interesting as I scrolled down !! Love the second one which is a tad quirky with one lit window. Draws the eye immediately.

Jordan McChesney's picture

I'm glad you like them. I started paying attention to more images like these when I was in my wife's hometown and noticed a hotel with just one set of blinds open. Since then, I've kept my eyes open for more shots like it.
Of course, sometimes photoshop is required to help make things absolutely perfect, haha.

Chris Jablonski's picture

So is that a Photoshop light in No. 2??? Hmm...? ;-)

Jordan McChesney's picture

Unfortunately, yes, haha. However, the week prior I had taken the same image without photoshop. But, I did it handheld, so the image was slightly too soft for me. So I went back the following week, and for whatever reason EVERYONE was home, haha. It took me forever to recreate the image.

I typically tend not to use too much photoshop, but for images like these, I see them more like "art", where I have an image in my head, and use my resources to make it a reality, if things don't go as planned.

Ruth Carll's picture

Or very sophisticated wielding of the artist's brush!

Chris Jablonski's picture

These are a bit different from you, Jordan! I think they're all good. I like the second for that one striking detail (critically placed) breaking the uniformity, and the composition & play of light in the last, probably my favourite. All flawlessly executed, which really elevates these precise images.

Jordan McChesney's picture

Thanks! I'm all about spicing things up by trying new things. I've been focusing on more of these, this year. They help me take more photos throughout the day, as I don't have to wait for sunset or sunrise. This also means I can return home in time for dinner. They also help me stay closer to home, so I don't have to travel as much to get a handful of images.

Ruth Carll's picture

Please keep trying new things! These are awesome!

Alan Brown's picture

i see you have #2 in your portfolio and have to agree that it is the most compelling. The splash of color is an anomaly in the otherwise repetitive subject and draws the eye.

#1 is interesting, but I find my eye wandering.

I think #3 holds promise - m wondering if a tighter crop from the right my balance the image more.

Jordan McChesney's picture

Thanks, I'm glad you like them.
Number 2 is definitely my favorite photo from this year. However, it's closer to "digital art" I suppose, as I was recreating an image I had taken the week before.

As for number 1, I was actually going for the whole "wandering" or "hypnotic" feeling. Rather than having a clear focal point, I wanted the shapes and contrast to almost overwhelm the viewer with repetitive purely abstract information. It's definitely the "simplest" of the images, and isn't everyone's cup of tea. I suppose it was kind of inspired by some of the work of Michael Wolf, using buildings for abstract images... not nearly as good, though, haha.

For image 3, I actually tried a few different crops, but I found it tended to throw off the balance. The bottom of the bend in the glass falls right about on the left and right thirds, and I found when I cropped from the right, the bend was too centered, as the negative space was compromised.

I appreciate the feedback!

Alan Brown's picture

Sounds good Jordan. I have to say that I do enjoy the backstory behind images. It looks like you have covered all the angles and achieved your goals.

Looking forward to more!

Ruth Carll's picture

First one - Nice geometric image.

Second one - Added window light is masterful. Love this!

Third one - Home run game ender!

Jordan McChesney's picture

I'm glad you like all of them! I'm hoping to take more abstract images, in the future.

I'll have a few more posts for this group, using buildings, but in different abstract ways!