Phoneography Monday: Challenger’s Choice=Architecture

This week’s Challenge, brought to my attention by Lens and Pens by Sally, is a Challenger’s Choice. Choices offered are: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel. I chose Architecture.

Orange Ave 1

Orange Ave 2

This is my first time to post to this. I had seen her blog and thought it would be something really fun and different. Since I just recently acquired an iPhone 5, I have not taken many photos with it yet. But I went back through some of the photos I had from my iPhone 3Gs and decided to try this. I used the Snapseed App to try to work it up a bit and make it more presentable. I’m new with that, too.

My photo was taken during a lunch hour from an 8th floor conference room on South Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando, Florida, probably around 2008-2009. I can’t recall the holiday but, as you can see, there was a parade, which was what drew me to the conference room in the first place!

Source: City-data

Source: City-data

A little background as to why I chose to post this photo. When I first came to Orlando in 1994 and started working downtown, it was completely different. It

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

had a few “skyscrapers” but nothing like what it has become. Thumbnails are inserted to try to give a bit of reference. Orange Avenue, which is the main street (one way) through town, was more open and airy. I changed jobs in 2000 and did not have reason to return downtown again until the end of 2004. In my absence from downtown, and in my humble opinion, the City managed to completely obliterate most of the light from Orange Avenue by constructing rows of tall office buildings on both sides of the street. And major downtown construction continues.

With the “new” downtown, driving to work in the morning on Orange Avenue felt so claustrophobic to me. They had made it dark and dreary. Of course, my pictures were taken during the noon-day sun. I’m sure there are many who would definitely disagree with me about the dark and dreary and that’s okay. I did not think it was an aesthetic improvement. But, then, I’m one of those who prefers the vintage style in just about everything – including architecture! Oh, well. Such is progress, I’ve heard it said.

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21 comments on “Phoneography Monday: Challenger’s Choice=Architecture

  1. Welcome, welcome to the challenge. The monochrome is my favorite, and creates a scene where I can appreciate the various architectural features. Well done.

  2. Thanks Sally! I’m looking forward to the fun, the challenge and the learning! 🙂

  3. gpcox says:

    Diverse examples – excellent.

  4. Thanks! A new diversion for me. 😉

  5. How do you like your iPhone 5? Thinking of getting one next month!!

    • I like it. But, then, I just upgraded from the iPhone 3Gs so it’s not a big change for me. Siri is new for me and it’s been kind of fun. But, again, I just read that they’re tracking everything on Siri, too! You can run but you can’t hide. HA! I can’t tell you how it compares to any of the Android or Windows phones (if that’s even what they’re called these days!) :Q

      • OK, I keep thinking if others like it so much then I will probably like it, too. I mean, my MOTHER has an iPhone, and I am still using a Blackberry! But my mother doesn’t have the 5.

  6. cindy knoke says:

    Most interesting! Kudos~

  7. Gracie says:

    Very nice entry. I also like the monochrome version of the image. It shows more of the architectural details, the color doesn’t compete with it 🙂

  8. Nice Linda-I go with the b/w too-it really pulls the view in to look at the details of the buildings-

  9. arggh-that should be viewer 😉

  10. Imelda says:

    The B&W worked beautifully with the photo. 🙂

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