I am on a bit of an architectural photography kick lately, photographing a slew of buildings in Toronto. I came by architectural photography almost naturally some years ago. I had started photographing landscapes which gave me some basics.
A few years later, I regularly worked with a client photographing residential real estate. This gave me the basis to get a good education in how difficult architecture can be to photograph. To do it well I should say. I then moved on to commercial projects, and the buildings just seem to be getting bigger and bigger.
Above is the EY tower.
The building was completed in 2017. It is 188 m (617 ft) tall. The building has a total of 42 floors, and I might be a little biased, but it takes one heck of a photograph.
The EY Tower is located at 100 Adelaide Street West in Downtown Toronto. This architectural image was licensed to the building designer Kohn Pederson Fox. The building is LEED Platinum certified and managed by Oxford Properties.
I really wanted to take advantage of a slower shutter speed to create the light blurring effects in the foreground of the image. I think it really compliments the tower in terms of framing. The red lends contrasting colors to make this architectural image really pop.
I enjoy these types building photographs because they lend themselves to such strong images that really grab the viewers attention. I always want to show the building as a fixture of the built environment.
I tend to shoot these later in the day. I use the vivid blue colors of the evening sky to add dramatic effect. The windows of the building reflect the colors of the sky give a cool blue tone in contrast to the warm colours of the city. lights
I am continuing to shoot a bunch of personal architecture work around Toronto. It feels like a new project I might continue with. It is like I have so many years photographing natural landscapes that now it is time to focus on the built environment for the next little bit.
The skyline of Toronto is striking, with so many caveats and new discoveries out there to photograph. I like the movement of the people and the cars in the forefront of the images. I should mention that architectural photography in Toronto is by no means easy. It is very difficult to keep everything straight, and have the buildings look as they to in real life. I think I will go into a post about how to shoot giant buildings later, but for now it shall remain a mystery.
You can find out more about architecture in Toronto here.
Full Disclosure: I removed the crane form the top of building. I lacked the patience to wait it out 😉