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London

 Hi guys,

I am Arif, an international student studying in London and here is my take on the city based on Jamal's classes.

The photographs and the way in which I obtained them is mentioned all below. I thank Jamal again for his insights and his advice on cityscape photography.

If you want to see more of my work after this, follow me on Instagram: @firadawaj

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SYMMETRY:

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This is my friend Bob Sizoo, one of the three Sizoo brothers who had come to visit London. While I was showing him around this certain spot, I noticed he was wearing a blue jacket and that the railings were colored blue as well. In order to have that perfect shot, I made him stand on the far edge, squat, jump, and do multiple poses and after 15-20 minutes and about 40 shots later, I got this.

I love how the railings converge to enlighten the subject, in this case, my friend Bob. Because of the symmetry, I can easily convey the purpose of my photograph to the viewer, and that to me, is pretty amazing.

For this shot, I used my Nikon D3200 crop sensor along with my 18-55mm kit lens at 18mm.

LOOKUP:

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For this shot, I used my reliable 18-55mm kit lens at 18mm and a sunny day, which is rather rare in London.

STRIDE BY:

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This place was literally 5 meters away from my university. There are a lot of skyscrapers close to my campus, hence at certain places, sharp shadows completely can blanket a certain area in sunny days. I was lucky to spot one of such places and waited there for subjects to walk by. I wanted someone interesting, something that the viewer can appreciate looking into. Quite a few people walked by the time I waited, but none of them had that uummph that I wanted in my photo. Once a subject strode by, I shot him/her and then looked back at my camera and kept on shooting.

45 minutes/1 hour later, I kept on waiting, and then I recognized her walking with a completely black leather jacket and shoes. I made it obvious I was photographing the spot so that she would notice me and look at my camera and that point, I took this picture and it has been one of my favorites ever since.

For this shot, I used the Nikon D3200 crop sensor and my 18-55mm kit lens at 24mm.

I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos in my project. Thanks a lot Jamal, once again, for the class and although I am aware that you have your Instagram friends in London, I would absolutely love to show you around if you ever come to visit LDN.

-Arif

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