Buildings and angles in black and white

While walking around in Wheeling, West Virginia the other day, I snapped a number of photos of the local architecture. Most of my shots were from ground level while looking up. Not exactly the best way to do architectural studies. Be that as it may, I wasn’t equipped with a telephoto to zoom in on the details from afar or a wide-angle to get the whole building in without tilting, so I just embraced what I could do this time around.  Wheeling is abundant with plenty of old structures in various states of repair or ruin. In other words, my ideal place!! Some of the architecture is stunning and from a time when no detail was too small. My wife remarked how it’s a shame that new buildings aren’t built to such elaborate and ornate detail. Nowadays it’s just concrete block and glass. 😦

I didn’t capture too many of the ornate buildings in this series but I shall return to the city and make a point in shooting more of the buildings and details. I have a telephoto and wide-angle coming for my GX1 which will help me be able to vary my compositions and grab more details from the limited street side vantage points. So…stay tuned!

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1

© David Guidas
Lumix GX1


  One thought on “Buildings and angles in black and white

  1. May 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Really like these, especially the staircase zigzag.

  2. onelifethislife
    May 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Amazing series David! I love each photo. The composition and perspective bring out the the greatness of the architecture. Wonderful work!!

    • May 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thank you. Trying to compose building shots from street level is a lesson in frustration, but it forces you to think outside the box.

  3. Charlotte Lehman
    May 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Great architectural photos!! You have great use of angles and I really love them in black and white, and especially with the high contrast. These look great.

    • May 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you Charlotte. When I’m limited with gear I tend to think more in lines, especially when doing B&W.

  4. May 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Love these. Great perspective. Black and white definitely the way to go.

    • May 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks. Old buildings seem to work well in B&W

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