Biography: Boris is an architect at Cameron Chisholm Nicol in Perth, Western Australia. He is a photography enthusiast, and has been involved in photography since his childhood years. In his mother's kitchen, Boris would mix chemicals with his father to develop film under the red safety light.
As an architect, Boris carries his camera everywhere. A few years ago, he bought a Canon 7D and his interest was piqued once more; his passion for photography has resurfaced with renewed energy. Currently, Boris is exploring architectural forms, shapes, depth of field, abstracts and nature as his subjects. Boris aims to take the observer into the world as he sees it as an architect and photographer.
Boris is the founder of Artline photography, which specialises in architectural, landscape and abstract photography.
Equipment:Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, circular polarisers and UV filters, Velbon tripod and ball head.
As a project architect of the residential "Islands" apartments in Fremantle, I kept noticing the view and the juxtaposition of the window frame against the horizon. When the job was completed, I had the opportunity to take this shot. This was taken handheld while aligning the horizon with the window frame. I really like the Mondrian-like composition of the photo.
Following an unsuccessful fishing expedition at the Busselton Jetty, I grabbed my camera and took some shots during the golden hour. There was beautiful light with the sun below the horizon. I had only minutes to get this shot right with a six-second exposure when the sea calmed to produce this peaceful image.
I found the weathered look of the timber and the curve that guides your eye towards the last pier hard to resist. While setting up for the photo, a seagull landed and flew away. I liked the composition with the seagull, so I waited until another one landed.
On a cold frosty morning while on holidays in Dunsborough, WA, I stopped at one of the vineyards to take some vineyard shots and noticed the dew on spider web. After a quick set-up and swapping lenses, this photo was taken. I like the depth of field and still-recognisable background.
This shot was taken on a very windy and cold afternoon. I had an idea of the composition I wanted, and just had to wait for the right light and colour of the sunset to offset the object. I used fill flash to increase contact between the foreground and sunset.
While driving back to Perth through a storm, a short sunny break appeared and I saw this rainbow appear in my rear-view mirror. I quickly stopped and set up my tripod to take this stitched photo. I stitched it up in Photoshop with minimal cropping and no post-production.
On my way to work I walk past this building every morning, and, as an architect, I noticed that it was an entry at some point in time. I waited for the right light, and took this HDR handheld shot. Images were combined in Photmatix.
This was shot in the late afternoon while walking on the beach. I noticed the rocky outcrop and quickly set up my camera gear and lay down on the ground for the shot. I took several shots with varying depths of field until I was happy with the composition and depth of field. To further enhance the foreground, I used Photoshop for
post-production and desaturated the background. I love the abstract nature of this shot, and the process of making an everyday object come into focus in a very different light.
While working on the "Islands" apartments, I noticed the intricate play of shadows in the stairwell that were repeating themselves. I made a mental note to take a photo when the building was completed. It took several tries to get the sun at just the right time without cloud cover to get the image looking like I envisioned it. As an architect, I really enjoy the play of the forms and shadows, producing more than the sum of its parts.
I had an image of the lighthouse and the light beam at night that I wanted to take, but, due to clouds, that didn't pan out. While at the car park, I set up my camera to experiment with shadows cast by the lighthouse, and after few long exposures I was happy with the result.
After I took the series of photos "After the storm", I noticed how the rainbow was aligned with this tree. I walked back until I had it aligned so that the rainbow was touching the tree. This was shot handheld — I raised saturation in Photoshop to enhance the rainbow.