Urban landscape photography: the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

I’ve posted a lot of nature photography on the blog recently, but this slightly abstract picture of an urban landscape appealed to me. What you see here in the foreground are the dark curves of the Aquatics Centre, just one part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Behind it is Canary Wharf.

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A striking image, taken while visiting the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with Helen. In the foreground, the Aquatics Centre, behind it, Canary Wharf.

What I like about the image are the sharp contrasts. The Aquatics Centre is very dark and features gentle curves. In comparison, Canary Wharf is well lit and the tall buildings feature sharp lines.

It simply struck me as a great urban scene. I also think it works well in black and white.

I’m curious to know if you like this image? It’s quite different to the photography I usually post on the blog. Oh, and if you are into nature photography, please don’t worry, I have lots of that to come!

As I usually do with my photgraphy  blog posts, I will be linking this to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by the Photalife blog. Please do click on the badge below to pay the linky a visit.

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24 Comments

  1. August 5, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Love this! Admittedly, I’ve not spent much time in London, but I have never managed to find a spot during the day which looks this peaceful. #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:06 am

      To find a peaceful spot in London you have to hunt for one. This is a bit off the beaten track but glad you found it relaxing.

  2. August 5, 2018 / 8:23 am

    such contrasting subjects within 1 image – love it! #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:05 am

      Glad you picked up on that, it was my idea to pack it full of as many contrasts as possible.

  3. August 5, 2018 / 10:16 am

    Great shot so much more striking in b/w I have never been but this inspires me to go #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:04 am

      If you go Nigel, take a bike or be prepared to go for a run. it’s that kind of place!

  4. August 5, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Very striking, I needed all the explanation to know where it was but now it all makes sense.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:04 am

      Ah yes, not many people would know of this view. It’s not a classic like Tower bridge. Glad you liked it.

  5. August 5, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Ooo I really like this image. Very powerful. #mysundayphoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:03 am

      A powerful image no less! Many thanks Lewis, although I think you remain the King of B&W.

  6. August 5, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I love it! I always like an urban landscape, especially the London skyline. I’d love to visit the Olympic Park again. We went there for the Paralympics, but haven’t been since.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:03 am

      Many thanks Sarah. I think the contrasting shapes and shades are making this shot quite popular.

  7. August 5, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    What an interesting image, a unique angle, I love urban scenes in B&W

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:02 am

      An image with lots of contrasts Darren! Really glad you like it and thanks for hosting this marvellous linky.

  8. August 5, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    A shot that, in my opinion, works so better for the lack of colour – especially within an urban theme.

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:01 am

      Oh yes, that’s why I stripped the colour from it. it does work better.

  9. August 5, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Hi John, nature photography is probably my favourite, but I like to think I can appreciate any good photograph. What struck me about your photo is the feeling of being taken in another time. It has a 70s feel about it, which I think isn’t because the photo is black and white, but has more to do with the gentle contrasts in parts of the photo. And yes, I do like it.

    xx

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:01 am

      Gosh, I hadn’t thought in the image in that way but I see what you mean. I guess the gentle shapes come from the foreground. The buildings in the background are quite stark in comparison.

  10. August 5, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    Great shot. It reminds me of something similar I did at the Bull ring in Birmingham

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 5:00 am

      Thanks Lisa, it was a fun image to take and I like the contrasting shapes and so on.

  11. August 6, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I love your framing on this photo. Plenty to take in!

    • John Adams
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 4:58 am

      I put some thought into the framing so I’m very glad you noticed that.

  12. August 8, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    Gosh that is a striking photo John, love that it’s in black and white too. Wonderful. #mysundayphoto

  13. August 9, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    This is such a striking photo. I love black and white and this truly enhances it. Really lovely x