Photo 101 ~ Day Twelve : Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam   16 comments


Photo 101
Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Thai Wat

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City in monochrome. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually centralize the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town.

The Thai Wat

This is another colour version of a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.

This is another colour version of a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually align the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town. Hopefully, I shall get another chance in future to shoot this uniquely designed Thai Buddhist Temple slowly and not in a rush.

SP Lim

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Photo 101

Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome

From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture.

Consider this intricate, organic “doorway” of La Pedrera, a famous building by architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain:

Photo – not included

Perhaps there’s a grand spiral stairwell at your favorite museum. A stunning Art Deco movie theater in your town. Or a futuristic micro-house on your block. How will you interpret this theme?

Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Black, white, gray, and shades in between interact in the frame in dynamic ways.

When we talk about monochrome in photography, we’re referring to images developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors. Compare the color and monochrome versions of today’s shot:

WPC Monochrome

The lines, shapes, and surfaces within the frame come alive in both versions in different ways.

If you’ve never gone monochrome, many devices let you switch to black and white shooting mode right in the camera. Or, shoot in color and convert your images to black and white (or grayscale) after in Photoshop or a free image editor like PicMonkey, GIMP, or Pixlr.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

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16 responses to “Photo 101 ~ Day Twelve : Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam

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  1. In the case of the Tai Wat, I like the color pic better. More life. In the case of the grill, I like the black and white better. It just seems to fit better. I’ve never liked b&w that much, but you have s shown me that it fits in certain applications. Thanks.

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  2. Both Photos are amazing ! learnt things about b & White / Monochrome. I never tried monochrome.Sure to try and get one good shot .Thanks for the post

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    • Thank you for the kind comments, Dr. Nowadays, with DSLRs, it is easy to convert coloured photograph to monochrome by editing only. Franky, I prefer colour photography than the Black and White type.

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  3. Wow! Lovely pictures. I can’t decide which is better – color or monochrome. Both have a unique style.

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  4. This is so cool ! I love both pictures. 🙂

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  5. Very beautiful shot.

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  6. I love the colours of both.. Absolutely beautiful

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  7. Great shot!

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