This is a post that signifies the change in ME, and how TE has played such a large role in what photos I post.
Let me explain...
Up until a year ago, perhaps a little longer, I would post similar photos to the one i'm posting here. A pure architectural scene, and abstract. Its my favorite type of scene to capture, but i'm posting less and less of them on TE now.
TE has a goal of posting photos which we can learn from, learn about different cultures, learn about people, & learn about cities and countries we live in or travel to.
For the last year or so when i'm taking photos, I'm actually keeping that in mind, and I'm finding that i'm less focused on these Abstract forms.
I also think, in my own personal opinion, thats why some of our dear friends like Juan (JFS) and others, have left TE - to focus on more abstract, more impressionistic photography. And I respect that 100%.
Abstract photography is still in my heart, still on my mind, but as long as i'm posting on TE, I find myself posting other subjects with a broader spectrum.
Is it growth? Is it just abiding by the TE rules? Who knows...But I will still post some of these architectural shots from time to time.
I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
As for this subject, its the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This is where the Zarkana Cirque Du Soleil show is played. The word Zarkana is a combination of 2 words...bizarre & arcana. Its a show about a Magician in an abandoned theater who has lost his magic.
I'll post a couple more photos in the WS for alternate views.
thanks for reading and viewing
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photographer_sg (893) 2014-02-21 0:50
that's a lovely Composition verging on the abstract with lovely colours in various patterns. Beautiful view presented. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
carlo62 (22407) 2014-02-21 0:50
bel taglio, hai messo in evidenza questa architettura con tutte le sfumature dei riflessi, mi piace anche l'inserimento della scritta in basso, attira l'attenzione.
rbassin (14473) 2014-02-21 1:10
Bonne composition en bleu, vous avez bien su exploiter cette architecture de verre pour créer cette photo.
timecapturer (40322) 2014-02-21 1:52
one of the things this site does is make you see the world differently, and it expands your subconscious mind about imagery and what is appealing so that you explore other avenues. My photography has developed along similar lines and your commentary proves the point and can only be good eh? All the same I still love images like this and lets face it you are the master when it comes to architectural elegance, and shots that are powerfully angular. A superbly cropped and presented modernist shot - like it! Please keep them coming mate.
Have a good weekend - B.
jacquest (17569) 2014-02-21 3:50
I twend to agree with you but architectural scenes like this one are part of the urban landscape and always interesting. For my part, I would like to do more street photography but I still don't know what can be done or not showing people and the law seems murky on this.
snunney (75134) 2014-02-21 4:05
A fine composition this; the tight framing works perfectly. Love those cool colours and the reflections.
Sergiom (49050) 2014-02-21 4:58
Une des plus belles exportations du Québec que ce Cirque du Soleil. On le voit maintenant partout sur la terre.Quand au style de la photo, je pense que tu devrais continuer dans ta voie qui est celle de l'excellence avec ta belle lentille 10mm et tes points de vues recherchés.
holmertz (33567) 2014-02-21 6:31
We can certainly learn a lot about the world from architecture, even shown in a more or less abstract way, and we can learn about the world from old cars, abandoned airplanes, plain sceneries etc. And I shouldn't have to add that we can learn from street-shots and other pcitures showing how people live, how they dress, what they eat, how they amuse themselves etc etc. What doesn't teach us much are close-ups of flowers or pets or somebody's family. So just by sticking to the TE rules we can all contribute to the site. This is a fine shot with great patterns and colors and a graphic accent from the letters at the bottom. I would much rather watch a photo like this, which you are very good at, than an empty street, which I find pretty boring, unless there is something else very particular to catch my attention.
PaulVDV (18764) 2014-02-21 7:33
I discovered TE in my search for views of other places. So the main objective of learning about the world through photography appealed to me.
Abstract photography wasn't on my mind but I think that here I learned to appreciate it. Personally I haven't undertaken much attempts in that direction but I wish to become better in it.
Your three pictures do tell us a lot of Las Vegas. They aren't only high-quality pictures but they do inform us about that city.
I like the main post the most with its excellent cropping, its many bluish hues and the inclusion of that lower Zarkana-part.
So certainly don't leave the site and show us what has attracted you.
Best regards, Paul
krzychu30 (14412) 2014-02-21 10:55
I wanted to write-old,good Craig is back:)It´s been a while since you´ve posted picture of modern architecture.
But referring to your note-you´re right.There are so many members on TE,which like different kind of photos,that it´s practically immposible not to get insiration from others.For example from You I have liking for modern cities and cityscapes,from Juan I´ve learned to perceive surrounding world in a more "abstract" way and from many,many other people here I´ve learned different,small "issues" of the photography.So I think we all benefit from this site and evolve.
Have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (23414) 2014-02-21 15:16
There is no doubt that exposure to the work of different photographers affects us whether it be consciously or subconsciously. Sometimes, it is only by reflection that we recognise these changes. But, if we kept doing the same day after day, week after week, there would be no growth, no development which would be pretty boring!
I see in this shot your use of your favourite colour blue, which was always included, and specifically mentioned, in your harbour shots from Vancouver. Here, it has been used in a completely different way, using abstraction, shape, colour and reflections and it's just as pleasing.
Have a great w/e,
rigoletto (33751) 2014-02-21 17:07
your words can be debated over an hour, as the TE motto of "learning about the world through photography" is open to many readings. i mean, it can have countless meanings according to what "learning about" means to someone, what "the world" means to someone and what "through photography" means to someone.
"learning" is an in depth activity, which i do prefer using some other extensive sources rather than TE. ok, a good photo and a note can "trigger" that urge to learn about something/somewhere new, but that's it. then i go for a web/book search to do the major reading. that means, i don't take TE seriously as a learning place. it is actually a source of "inspiration", a place where i "start" to learn about somethings which are new to me.
coming to what "the world" means... it is the most difficult one to explain. here, i need to refer to gert's words, as he says you may learn from architectural abstracts, or old cars photos etc, but don't learn from pets, flowers, families or empty streets. i object to that, because, with an appropriate photographer's note, a pet, a flower, a family or an empty street photo, and where they take you during your learning process, can even change your life. true, someone into catalan architecture could definitely use juan's gallery as an endless source of inspiration or someone into exotic places can do the same thing in gert's gallery. these are all subjective. for me, "the world" is the part of the world that i am interested in. i simply do not care about photos with subjects that do not interest me, or photos that give me that "again???" feeling (here, creativity makes difference, at least putting down that "again" feeling)
what "photography" means is another story, starting from the basic question of whether you percieve it as a means of expression of one's artistic inner or merely a reckless snapshot without any personal touch. you can present a single subject in one million different ways, only a small amount of these presentations can make people say "wow".
having said all these, i also need to add that, TE TOS have been too strict so far, or as strict as the minds of moderators and how subjectively they percieve the famous TE motto. all in all, TE is not and have never been an encyclopedia with illustriously scientific photos and objective knowledge attached to it. there are definitely some other better sources for that. the problem is, the TOS rules almost pretend to be so. were it be a bit friendlier place, we'd be much more crowded here today. and "friendlier" doesn't mean turning TE into a treklens or facebook page.
oh yes, cool abstract photo with reflections on glass :)
jcpix (8380) 2014-02-21 20:12
You know, I wonder how many people have been thinking the same things as you've expressed...we've been able to see the transformation. :) I can tell you I'm very much in the same vein. I distinctly remember Malgo asking me long ago why I didn't like having people in my pictures, and she even referenced you as having the same approach. Funny what this site has done, right? :) So with that in mind, for whatever it's worth, I hear ya' loud and clear!
These types of shots are still very much impressive and fun to take. Filling the frame with abstract shape and form opens up the imagination, much like reflections in general. It's been an interesting and learned read from the many comments before me. With that in mind, I look forward to what the future of photography holds for one Mr. Macjake...and am happy to know you enjoy sharing it here with the rest of us! Waiting anxiously for the next...
Enjoy the weekend my friend. Take it easy.
jjcordier (69639) 2014-02-21 22:26
Difficile de dire ce qui est une bonne photo sur TE. Chacun des membres apporte sa vision personnelle des endroits qu'il visite. Que ce soient des photos d'architecture, de paysage ou de personnes, toutes ont leur intérêt pour nous faire découvrir le monde qui nous entoure. J'apprécie beaucoup tes dernières photos mais j'aime aussi énormément une image comme celle que tu nous offres aujourd'hui.
ikeharel (47038) 2014-02-22 1:00
Modern building with its convexed glass and iron corner on the structure, well collected in a fine image, Craig.
Many tones of blue, and diff. shaped relections from the surround area.
Cirque-de-soleil were here in Israel recently, but I did not go to see the show, maybe next time. Heard this is a "must".
Enjoy a nice weekend,
mesutilgim (75604) 2014-02-22 15:59
Hello dear Craig,
The capture is quite interesting and mastery, but the notes you've added is really great ! I totally aggree with you.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ACL1978 (6859) 2014-02-22 18:24
Hey Craig - interesting and thought provoking (and sad - I guess Juan left while I was away, I had no idea until now!)
I'm surprised to hear that there's a sense this kind of slightly abstract architecture photography feels to some out of place here, as I've always thought of it as one of TE's biggest strengths - partly because of you and Juan, but from many other sources as well. In fact I have a couple things I'll post soon that I probably wouldn't have shot but for some of your work and others pointing the way. So I guess it runs both ways...?
In the end I guess this is what I really like about TE - it offers me satisfaction on a lot of levels. I get to see great photographs taken by masters of the art, I get to learn about places I've never been through those shots, and I get pushed to experiment and try new things in the process. Not sure if any of that really made sense, but... there it is nonetheless.
I guess I didn't really comment on the actual shot here, which is excellent and is definitely reminiscent of some work I saw from you long ago. And again with Vegas... I can imagine it being your kind of town photographically, but it's a place I find it hard to convince myself to visit...
ktanska (23164) 2014-02-23 7:36
All blue architecture shot with square patterns looks just great. And I guess it would be possible to guess the location from Cirque du Soleil ad.
Learning about the world was the theme that brought me to this site. But enforcing that idea too strictly has made TE more boring and has alienated too many talented photographers from this site. (Just check my list of favourite photographers, and how few of them have any uploads during the last year.)
To different subject: I certainly agree ice-hockey is more interesting than soccer. Canada won olympic gold, and Finland took bronze yesterday with awesome 5-0 victory against USA. So how could I disagree!
worldcitizen (6025) 2014-02-23 18:51
Yes, TE definitely seeps into our brains. I go looking for scenes specifically to post here, and try to figure out which ones I can pair with useful notes. As for this particular photo, I really like the modern architecture; glass facades can be photographed in so many different ways. I like the blue colors, too. No matter what type of photos you choose to create, you seem to be good at taking them all! :-)
Graal (93630) 2014-02-23 23:13
interesting modern building here. Good shot and presentation here. Nice wide view in WS. Las Vegas is amazing.
Have a nice day.
Gigidusud (11679) 2014-02-25 7:16
Great architectural shot with nice graphic effect and beautiful reflections. Nice WS too. I agree with you about the note,abstract photography wasn't on my mind but I think that here I learned to appreciate it.
Angshu (53667) 2014-02-26 20:34
I must admit that your caption attacted me to open this picture...
I love your style...perhaps even more because I like architecture & a different way of portraying the same...and I dont consider the way you take your shots & the ones you post here to infringe the Terms in any way....rather in my opinion, your shots and posts enriches TE to a large extent...We don't have to share flat postcards to show the world, but rather show the world in a different way... an artistic way. I also try doing so, within my own limited capabilities. We miss Juan a lot here, but did he leave TE because some post of his got deleted by the Admin?
This is a nice abstract post...not one of your best (the one immediately before is better), but good by any standard!
PS : How is your plan to Turkey progressing? If you require any help from me...pls send me an email to email@example.com...would be glad to help! Hotels, areas to stay....
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (48363)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-21 0:39