As I wrote a few weeks ago, every month I submit one of my pictures. The ‘rules’ are that the photo must have been taken within the month specified and it must be on the subject set by Pete Sloan who runs the Birmingham Viewpoint website. The subject for July was The Cube, a very photogenic new building here in Birmingham.
This was my submission, which can also be viewed here along with all of the other submissions.
This wasn’t my only picture of The Cube, but I chose this one to submit for several reasons. It was the first time I’d tried a vertical panorama shot and I wanted to show the contrast of a historic narrowboat in the foreground with the new and ultra modern Cube behind it. At the time I took the photo, the evening sun was quite bright and illuminated the ‘girl’s night out’ in one of the restaurants on the lower level.
To take part in Birmingham Viewpoint, only one submission is allowed. Some months this is easy, but this time I was quite torn. I plumped for this one because it was somewhat different to anything I’d done before. However, this blog gives me an opportunity to show what my other candidates were.
I do like this shot, mainly because it is difficult to get a distance shot of The Cube as the surrounding buildings tend to obscure part of it. I also like the colours, but it doesn’t quite stand out enough to be my submission. Ideally there needed to be a bit more light on the foreground to bring out the colours even more.
This next one, is again a shot I like, but I thought it was possibly a bit too obvious for submission. This was the first shot I took after parking my car and is typical of most distance views of The Cube with it being partially obscured by the surrounding buildings. I’m glad that I didn’t submit this one as it it a bit too close to the one submitted by Jesus Navas.
Of the other submissions, I really like the ones from John Trappett (a reflection shot I’d never have thought of), Andrew Pilkington (because of the seagull) and Andy Reeve (that’s where I took my photo from and never thought of that shot!) The others are good, but don’t necessarily appeal to me – just as I’m sure mine won’t appeal to everyone else. However, they all make me think and help me to improve…hopefully!