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Matthias Dengler's picture

More isometric architectural shots.

I've recently posted my body of work in this group and received great feedback.
One group member proposed to mix up my one point perspective with more isometric pictures. So I took his advice and went out to photograph a local museum, the Dokuzentrum in Nuremberg. I'm curious what your opinions are.

It was very dark, flash was forbidden and people started flooding the place. ;D

The Dokuzentrum in Nuremberg is a historical museum about the Nazi regime in Nuremberg. If I was a historian, I'd really enjoyed reading the exhibition. Well, I am not. Still, I spend a good time there, capturing the interesting mix of architectural elements: Concrete floors, metal staircases, glass walls embedded into the original historical hall made of brick.

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Rob Woodham's picture

These are some shots that take a bit to wrap your head around.

Number one is super cool. I like it a lot. Tone is great. Only critique would be the stairs look to be suffering from a bit of "wide angle-itis" as you can see the warping. If it were possible, I would have backed up a bit and went with a 24mm or higher (if that was an option) to try to "flatten" out the scene a bit.

Two is cool, but it has so many lines and angles that any parallel lines which aren't completely parallel tend to grab your attention such as the foreground handrail compared to where the wall/floor join right above it. A little perspective correction would go a long way there. Tons of texture, too and lots of color casting - not bad, just very busy.

Number three is pretty wild perspective wise. I don't know how to wrap my head it, crazy.

Four is just about there. It could have been used as a commercial shot for the museum had the camera been a bit higher to see what is in the foreground display and moved a little to the right to get the contents of the left side display. These are just nitpicks that probably wouldn't get caught during the shoot by someone who isn't experienced shooting expositions like this.

The last shot is a little too busy for me personally.

Overall the shots are high quality and that looks like a very, very challenging place to shoot for any architectural photographer. I'd have a field day in there trying to figure out the best perspectives and would probably come out nowhere near how well you did with the set.

Thanks for sharing them!

Matthias Dengler's picture

Thanks Rob! That was again a very detailed "review" and critique of my images. Thanks you took your time! I also agree with most of your statements. The wide angle issue is there, but that is just the problem shooting on an APS-C Fuji. I already transformed my shots in post-production quite a bit. Didn't get rid of everything and I guess, most customers won't even see it. :)

Paul Asselin's picture

I like these a lot. With all the various angles and leading lines each shots take on an abstract feel where there is no single subject but a more composite look.

Matthias Dengler's picture

Hey Paul, that is a very nice analysis. And actually that is what I always try to go for: Capturing the whole scene in an artistic way. Thanks!
Have a nice day! :)