Creative Futures: DD

Research of relevant artist

For my photo essay on capturing the beautiful architecture in Hull, i conducted research and Kelly Mcann, a London based urban architectural photographer.

I was captivated by her use of black and white in her photos, as this brings out the light and shadows, lines and perspective and gives more detail to each of her photos. Her careful and brilliant editing skills make all the architecture look that much more amazing.

As well, she takes photos from different angles which makes the buildings look more unique.


Selected photographs for The Final Essay

Through the course of my journey developing skills to take photos that will capture the true beauty that is the architecture in Hull (with the exception of one photo from London that i believe to be beautiful nonetheless), here are my 15 chosen photographs.




Third Attempt at capturing the Beauty of Hull through Architecture

With a greater knowledge of rule of thirds, composition, leading lines, and more confidence, i set out to multiple locations for the third time: namely The Deep, The Holy Trinity Church, and St Stephens.


Having experienced trouble capturing an image of St Stephens, i went to the back of the building to photograph its very unique and unusual shape.



As i had already captured a few photos of The Deep, i wanted to get a more interesting photo of it, so i took a picture through the railings. I was unsure of what i was doing at first, but i believe it came out well thanks a slight editing using a picture tool on my laptop and the overall colours of the picture.




I wanted to capture the statue in a darker colour by facing the sun and taking the picture. The picture came out well for the most part as i achieved what i wanted, however because i did not use a tripod to set the camera on, the horizon is extremely slanted.thumb_img_0278_1024




This is my favourite image from my third attempt. I used the glass opposite the Holy Trinity Church to create this abstract image.


As it is the City of Culture, the light shows were everywhere. I took the opportunity to attend them and got this image of a local building showing the history of Hull over the past 70 years. The colours on the building really caught my attention.


I went back to the deep for the final time and captured a few images of the light shows. The colours not only on the building but reflecting on the water look very beautiful.


Second Attempt at capturing the Beauty of Hull through Architecture

After learning from my mistakes and watching YouTube videos on how to take good photos, i went about for the second time aiming to take much better photos.

I spent majority of my time at The Deep looking for beautiful architecture. As i became more aware of how to take photos, i had more confidence. Using the same Camera 750D, i took photos of not only buildings but statues and bridges as well: and from different angles.

I also began using the rule of thirds which i was still quite unfamiliar with.

However, my lack of experience with the camera led to the second photo coming out badly. The building behind the railing came out blurred when my intention for it was to be clear, as i used an aperture of f/4 when it should have been higher.




I particularly liked how the shadows formed from the bridge and applied my knowledge of leading lines to take this photo.



First Attempt at capturing the Beauty of Hull through Architecture

This was my very first attempt at capturing the beautiful architecture in Hull. Using a Canon 75D Camera, i set out in hopes to capture great shots of the architecture: however, this being my very first time using a Canon 750D, i had absolutely no experience. I was rather new to photography as well, and was very nervous as i did not know how to change Camera settings at all, such as the aperture or the shutter speed, which would have impacted my photos in a positive manner.

This first experience turned out to be a complete mess as the photos i was taking were only of part of a building rather then the entire building.

As i was not confident, i did not travel far in search of different architecture such as The Deep: I focused primarily for the first half of the day capturing Saint Mary’s Church and other buildings very close by.


The Saint Mary’s Church: my very first photo. I glanced up and noticed the shape of the ceiling looked good so i wanted to capture that specific point.






As i had very briefly studied Kelly Mcann’s photography, this gave me ideas to get leading lines in a photo.





I did not know why the picture was not coming out clear, until i noticed that because it was getting dark, this affected how the picture would come out.

Photo Evaluation

For my photography project, i decided to take pictures of the architecture in Hull to show others the beauty they walk by everyday. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

During my project, i had great success. As i was taking photos of the architecture in Hull, i was able to do a great deal in terms of experimentation as i was not limited – i had a vast number of buildings surrounding me with every corner i turned. I had particular success in some of the pictures i took. For example, i captured an image of The Deep using the railings. This turned out to be a great success as not only did the image come out in clear quality, but i used different colours for the image: a mixture of red, yellow and black for part of the water to create a colour contrast. I was able to experiment not only with black and white in photoshop, but also with different colours.

Initially i was not so creative with my photographs, simply taking pictures of buildings in the same angle and not attempting to experiment with different sources. However as i took more pictures, that changed. For example with the mirror image of the Holy Trinity Church, I decided to use the environment to my advantage and i used the mirror opposite the Church to give it an abstract and unique feeling as opposed to taking simplistic photos of local buildings.

My use of photoshop also helped me a lot, as the black and white images came out very well, and as i went more in-depth in the study of photography, i became more aware of leading lines, which i believe i used very well in some of my photos.

I also faced numerous challenges. Firstly, throughout the entire project, i never once used a tripod stand. This greatly affected my photographs, particularly the photograph of the statue: as i did not use a tripod, the horizon was slanted instead of being straight. Had i used a tripod stand, the horizon would have been straight and the overall photo would look a lot better.

Furthermore, although i had progressed a lot throughout my project, i was still very inexperienced. I constantly thought that the shutter speed was the aperture, and that if i changed the shutter speed, then it would lead to the background becoming blurry.  I was barely changing the aperture, as i believed the shutter speed was the aperture, which is why in a number of my photos the aperture is between f/4 to f/7 and not any lower or higher, as i was barely playing around with it.

As well, a few of my images were of the same building. For example, in my final essay, two of the photos are of The Deep, and two from St Stephens. I did not roam around Hull enough to find more architecture that i could have incorporated in my project.

Since i have learned a lot, i would definitely do multiple things differently had i the chance. I would begin by changing the aperture in more of the photos, thereby giving the photos variety.

I would also use a tripod stand, as this would give me time to capture a building in great quality and the horizon would then be straight.

I believe my project had numerous successes and failures, however overall i believe it was a success as i feel the beauty of the architecture and buildings in each of my photos.

Final Photo Essay: Astounding Architecture In Hull


I decided to attend the Light shows event and took a picture at Queen’s Gardens. I particularly like the different colours of the building as well as the rising smoke above it.


I particularly like the way that the light from the building is reflecting on the still water. I took this image at the light shows at night.


For the first time, i used the railings of the bridge to take this photo. I made the railings black and used a variation of colours for the water to give the image as a whole a colour contrast. I set the aperture to f7.1 and the shutter speed 1/160.


This is a photo i took in Kings Cross, London. Although my project is mainly to do with the architecture in hull, it’s unique shape, and the fact that other photographers captured this structure like Daniel, a British architectural photographer, i decided to add this photo to my project.


To capture more of the building than my previous shot of only the upper part of St Stephens, i went behind it and took the photo, and used photoshop to make the image black and white as Kelly Mcann does for her photos – which really makes her photos beautiful and give them a sense of elegance. I set the aperture to f/4 and the shutter speed to 1/800.


As i edited this photo, i like the way the structure looks, as the  white on the building gives it a more ancient yet still slightly modern look. I set the lens to 18mm, the aperture to f/4, and the shutter speed to 1/800.thumb_img_0237_1024

In my opinion, what makes Kelly Mcann’s photos that much better is that she uses the shadows of the buildings to her advantage: the “Fire Exit” photo of hers is a good example of this. With this in mind, i took a picture of the C4DI building: I utilised the shadows from the railings to my advantage and edited it in photoshop which made the bridge and the photo as a whole more appealing. For this image, i set the aperture to f/5 and the shutter speed to 1/500.


As i had taken this photo when it was getting quite dark, the colours were not very bright. I used photoshop and carefully edited the St Stephens building, using blue, red and orange to make the building brighter. For this image i set the aperture to f5.6 and the shutter speed to 1/30.


Upon researching Kelly Mcann, i decided to emulate her work, particularly her “Glass Net” photograph by using the environment to my advantage. i did this by using the mirror opposite the Holy Trinity Church to give it an abstract feel and to include a unique element rather than taking simple pictures of local buildings. new-new-dd8

Since researching Kelly Mcann, i learned that i could also take photographs of buildings from different angles: such as the photograph above, where i took the picture from the bottom attempting to show leading lines. In this photograph, i studied Kelly Mcann’s “Monumental” and “Glass Ocean” photographs. I decided to use photoshop to darken certain areas as she did in her Glass Ocean photograph. I did this to give a contrast as well between the dark areas and the extremely white sky.dd-6

The Voyage Statue. I made the sun even brighter and dimmed the colour around the statue. For this image, I set the aperture to f/5 and the shutter speed to 1/800.


I believe another great quality that Kelly Mcann has as a photographer is that she is able to take photographs of ordinary architecture and make them look stunning. Her “Fire Exit” photo gave me the idea of capturing architecture that may not be seen as “beautiful” to most, and i believe i made this architecture look more appealing because of the leading lines and the detail in the foreground. I used an aperture of f5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/100.dd-4

I particularly like this image, because of the rays of light shining on the railings and the detail in the foreground. The aperture in this photo was the same as the Voyage Statue photo: f/5, however i changed the shutter speed to 1/1000.

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The Holy Trinity Church. I decided to darken the Church to make it Black and different from stereotypical Churches that are “white” and “bright”.  I got this idea from KellyMcann’s “imposition” photo, as the dark shade on the right side of the building not only adds contrast but it would look more plain without the dark shade. I set the aperture to f/4 and the shutter speed to 1/1000. thumb_img_0121_1024

The Saint Mary’s Church. I used photoshop to darken the picture and make the background a lighter shade and the foreground slightly darker to create a balanced contrast. For this image, i set the aperture to f/5.6 and the shutter speed to 1/125.

Angle Of View

The angle of view is a measure of how much of a scene a lens can take in. It changes according to the focal length of the lens. The longer the focal length (the larger the lens number), the narrower the angle of view; the shorter the focal length (wide angle), the wider the angle of view.

Therefore, when shooting from the same position, a wide-angle lens (with a wide angle of view) will capture a larger area, making the subject seem smaller in the photo, whereas a narrow lens (with a narrow angle of view) will depict a smaller area, making the subject seem larger.

In the image below, the photo was taken using an 18mm lens of a Canon 750D standing relatively close to the subject.



Standing  further back and adjusting the lens, the photo below was taken using a 55mm lens of the same camera, creating the impression that the lens was still the same as the angle of view was relatively the same as in the first photo, as can be seen the subject appears to be relatively the same distance in both photos.




Statement Of Intent – Photography Project

What The Project Is

My mission is to show the beautiful architecture in Hull, as since i have been in Hull for only a few months, i have been mesmerised by a few of the buildings. Therefore i feel as though capturing the beautiful buildings and sculptures in Hull would make people more aware of the beauty they walk by everyday and give people, as well as myself, a different perspective to the word beauty.

I will be capturing different architecture, from buildings to bridges to statues in order to showcase their beauty.

Who I Will Be Researching

For my photography project, i will conduct research on Kelly McCann who is an amazing photographer that captures buildings of many shapes in different perspectives. I especially like her use of black and white in all her photos, as it gives the buildings a greater beauty, and she is able to make even simple objects look extremely appealing with her use of black and white: For example, this is an image of a fire exit, however it looks magnificent due to the added black and white and her careful editing.

Where Am I Doing This Project

I will be doing this project in Hull, however as i am travelling to London, i may also take a photo of a building  or a structure in London.