My dear wife Karen and I drove to downtown Syracuse for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday afternoon. My primary mission was to capture the mood with my iPhone 6 and my noodle, for my weekly community blog for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You’ll be able to see my column there, as well as a companion piece and photos here, on Wednesday.
After parking on the top level of her usual garage, where I snapped some shots, I asked if we could take the elevator to the higher elevation of the rooftop of the building that houses her SMG employers. It’s closer to the parade route, and thought I might be able to get a good view down on marchers and fans.
Alas, an adjoining building blocked my sight line to the route.
But oh, how that spot was wonderful for this weekend’s Photo 101 assignment to think about the use of light in our photography. I took many shots. I was struck with the way the light danced between the buildings in the photograph up top. And the reflection off the window at right enhances the image, too.
Immediately above, I like the way the browns of the buildings pop against the striated gray sky. It was gratifying to get this view from the ninth floor.
I was also delighted to find one more rickety iron flight of stairs outside, on the rooftop. I of course had to climb it. That’s where I took the top two shots. I couldn’t resist shooting immediately downward, too, for a different sort of light.
What would you shoot from a city rooftop? Which of the three photos is your favorite, and why? What do you think of the other two?