Very often, the architectural style of a building is revealed in its smallest details; you can extract some very interesting design elements from the larger overall picture. The secret to getting good detail shots is to become aware – taking the time to notice the myriad parts that make up the whole.
If your subject is nearby, you can isolate these details simply by getting close. For more distant subjects – such as the ornate Roman sculpture (below) on top of the pillars at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco - you’ll need a long zoom lens with a focal length of at least 150mm. Pay close attention to lighting, too. Light coming from the side will emphasize your subject’s three-dimensional form and texture.
So the next time you’re photographing an interesting building, zoom in and isolate an intriguing design detail or two after you shoot the “bigger picture.”
Sculpture at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
(c) Lynne Eodice
Palace of Fine Arts - big view. (c) Lynne Eodice
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