Today was Day 10 of the #AmyShuttPhotoaday challenge, a photo-a-day project for this month coordinated by Amy Shutt of Amy Shutt Photography. Today’s theme was “angles.”
In planar geometry, an angle is the figure formed by two rays, called the sides of the angle, sharing a common endpoint, called the vertex of the angle. The word angle comes from the Latin word angulus, meaning "corner"; angulus is a diminutive, of which the primitive form, angus, does not occur in Latin. Cognate words are the Greekἀγκύλος(ankylοs), meaning "crooked, curved," and the English word "ankle". Both are connected with the Proto-Indo-European root *ank-, meaning "to bend" or "bow". - Wiki
Once you start looking for angles, they are everywhere. Right angles. Obtuse angles. Acute angles. Rectangles. Triangles.
I was literally roaming around downtown Baton Rouge today, repeating in my head "angles... angles" as I looked around, up and down for interesting solid surfaces.
I found an interesting green staircase against a white-washed building. It certainly represented "angles," but my shots of it lacked "umph."
Tall buildings full of glass windows towered above me as I walked in this urban steel forest, but I had already captured a shot of one of them for the theme "glass" last week.
And then a wall painted full of bright colored boxes jumped at me as I turned a corner. Angles and colors everywhere! I shot the wall straight on. I shot the wall from a deep angle, and the boxes faded out of view on the far right side of my viewfinder. I angled my camera to the left, to avoid capturing any sky or any street, and now my colored angles took over the shot.
Just across the street, another building points sharp colored daggers against the sky. These triangles give this building a different feel - a fun and disjointed air of playfulness. I've come upon an urban oasis of colored murals.
To the featured shot in this blog post, I used a 40mm lens with an aperture of f/6.3, an ISO of 100 (it was a sunny day) and a shutterspeed of 1/250 seconds. This shot is much more about composition that specific lighting effects, or camera settings. I choose not to include any sky, to give the shot more of an abstract feel where the paint reigns supreme.
Where have you seen angles today?