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Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

It’s a little ironic that the theme for this week is URBAN, considering I’m in the midst of a move to somewhere that is anything but. However, while going through the archives, I did manage to find a few photos to fit the theme. I’ve chosen some classic urban images from two of my favourite places in the world – Toronto, Ontario and London, England. Both have unusual and iconic urban landscapes that you aren’t going to find in the same way anywhere else in the world. Beautiful – and home.

The Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum

“The Paddock” of cows outside of the TD Centre off Bay Street

Beautiful architecture and a double decker bus. Classic London.

Doesn’t everyone have a dragon at the entrance to the City?


This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Terence S. Jones of A Guy With a Camera. Read on for more about this week’s theme and his photography tips!


Urban. The idea behind urban photography is to photograph your city and the streets where you grew up as they are. Unlike the photoshopped pictures to which we are accustomed nowadays, urban photography presents a more direct, unaltered view of life. It is about documenting urban living space and how people adapt their environment to certain needs and vice versa. Urban photography shots provide cultural, social, economical, and ecological context all at once, and can capture social tension.

Think of urban photography as a complement to street photography—it provides the context in which street photography unfolds.

Share a photo that means URBAN to you!

Tip: You do not need any fancy gear. I often use a point-and-shoot camera for my urban photography. Seeing is the key here: focus on what you see, what objects you find—discarded belongings on the street, satellite dishes on a building, shoes on a wire—and what they suggest about the people living there. You might develop a better eye if you revisit a place several times. Pick a time of day when people are back from work and on the streets. Also, consider using the “exposure compensation” (or putting the camera in manual mode) to deal with strong backlight in order to balance darker streets with a lighter sky.

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6 Responses »

  1. Nice photos for the challenge. ;-)


  2. What terrific photos. I think my favorite is of the architecture and bus in London, although I love them all.




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