Rick McEvoy – A photographers Blog - January 2016

So what did I write about in January? Quite a lot looking back. Here is the text. Please refer back to the original posts for the images, I will try to make future monthly summaries a bit more polished! But this is the first one I have written so bear with me please…….

 

31st January

Erm nothing….

 

30th January

“New places category on my website”

“I have changed the structure of my website, and now have a places category, which includes the following individual web pages

Bournemouth photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/bournemouth-photographer/

Cornwall photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/

Dorset photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/dorset-photographer/

Hampshire photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/hampshire-photographer/ 

London photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/london-photographer/

Poole photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/poole-photographer/

Sandbanks photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/sandbanks-photographer/ 

Wiltshire photographer

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/wiltshire-photographer/

I have done this so my work and places pages are separate. Not that my places photography is not work, it just makes more sense to me, and hopefully makes it easier for visitors to my website to find what they are looking for,

This change in structure has also allowed me to focus a bit more on my landscape photography, which is with a couple of picture stock agencies, Loop Images in the UK and the Image Brief in the USA.

Over the course of the spring I will be refreshing these pages with new and reworked images, which I am looking forward to doing.

#Bournemouth photographer

#Cornwall photographer

#Dorset photographer

#Hampshire photographer

#London photographer

#Poole photographer

#Sandbanks photographer

#Wiltshire photographer”

 

29th January

 

“Tree sunset shot taken at Picket Post in the New Forest, Hampshire (see original post for image)

Sunset, Picket Post, New Forest, Hampshire

Last post from me for today. This shot was taken this week, following a very brief diversion off the A31 driving through the New Forest this week.

As someone once said, Scott Kelby I believe, if something grabs your eye stop and see what it was.

It was the sky in this case. The sunset. I literally pulled off the A31, parked up just down the road, stopped for 5 minutes and then the moment was gone so quickly.

I had time for a quick look around, took some wide shots, then went to the tree, and I managed to capture this. The tree makes the shot for - that and the sky of course.

Together they make a really captivating image, which I have to say I think I photographed rather well. Of course I would say that. But seriously, let me know what you think of this image. It has a nice feel to it, and I love the depth of colours and the textures within the image.

Taken on my 6D this time with my 70-200 lens. I took a couple of wide shots but they were rubbish to be honest. But after a quick change the telephoto worked much better.

I hope you have enjoyed the images I have posted today - please come back to my blog tomorrow for another post about something to do with me and my photography at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

I am a photographer based in Dorset specialising in architectural photography, commercial photography, industrial photography, and "any excuse to get out when the weather is nice and the view is great" landscape photography.”

 

29th January

Truro Cathedral, Cornwall - detail shot – see post for image

 Truro Cathedral is a fantastic place. I love the vastness of the interiors of cathedrals.

and I love even more picking out details like this one. 

As its Friday there will be less words from me and more images. 

Please pop back to my blog at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

where I will be posting another photo shortly.”

 

28th January

Chideock Church, Dorset - Sky Replacement Shot – finally. (see original post for image)

 

OK. Above is the final version. The finished thing. Looks good to me. I am going to send to the client and see what he thinks - it is always good to get an independent view on your work!

Next is the sky replacement output file. This is what I got immediately after replacing the sky, and it didn't look quite right to me.

 

27th January

Chideock Church - the accidental black and white version!! (see original post for image)

 

“Well todays shot was meant to be an example of one of those essential things for a property photographer in England to be able to do.

Sky replacement.

I was prepping this image of Chideock Church in Dorset to receive a nice blue sky with white fluffy clouds, instead of the grey clouds that were actually there on the day of the shoot.

And then I clicked on the black and white button in Lightroom by mistake! And there it was. It just needed a bit of drama adding, more darks, more contrast, more whites, all to get that very much in vogue dark moody, almost Gothic look.

And voila! A great black and white shot. An absolute bonus.

So I am sharing this good fortune with you. All the processing for this shot was done in Lightroom, including a delicate crop to get just what I wanted in for this look and feel.

Check my blog tomorrow at

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

for the sky replacement story, showing the original RAW file, the edited file with the original sky and the final, sky replacement shot. As I said a necessary skill for a property photographer, as the British weather is so unpredictable you can’t really avoid shoots in bad weather, especially to meet client deadlines. So unfortunately this requires opening up Photoshop, and takes some time to do, but well worth knowing and practising if you need to.

You can also get to my property photographer page from the link below

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/property-photographer/

where you can see a selection of photographs of commercial property

#property photographer

#photographs of commercial property

#property photographer Bournemouth

#property photographer Poole

#property photographer Sandbanks

#property photographer Dorset

#property photographer Cornwall

#property photographer Devon

#property photographer Hampshire

#property photographer London

#property photographer Surrey

#property photographer Wiltshire

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

 

26th January

“Fantastic sunset shot of Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth, Dorset (see original post for image)

Today’s image is a newly processed image taken some time ago, of Bournemouth Pier, in Dorset.

This view is from the outside of the bar that was there at the time, who’s name I can’t remember. It is now called Aruba. Enough side tracking, so soon into my post!

Back to the photo.

Taken at quarter to five one fine Decembers evening, using my good old Canon EOS 5D. My first pro camera, and I still have it in my bag as my ever present back up body to my 6D. Using my 24-105mm F4 L lens, at a focal length of 28mm. The exposure, handheld, was an impressive 1/10th of a second at F11, ISO1000.

That’s how dark it was.

And can you see any noise? No. And I have not given noise reduction a thought. Why?

Because the image is interesting. That’s why.

Noise shouts out in boring shots (if it is there of course).

And there aren’t any people. The pier was packed an hour before, but I waited till everyone had gone home. Waited for the quiet and the light. Well worth it too!

1/10th second is pushing it hand held I have to say. The Image Stabilisation helped me get this shot nice and sharp, along with an aperture not far from the F8 sweet spot.

Composition wise I like this shot. I have managed to give the image a sense of depth by placing the very prominent light where I have in the foreground. I have only had to do very minor cropping in Lightroom, along with tonal adjustments and boosting of some of the colours.

So all in all a pleasing shot of Bournemouth Pier, a very prominent landmark in Bournemouth town centre.

I also like the fact that I have photographed the pier after sunset, and not in daylight as you quite often see in other shots of the pier. So it has a slightly different feel from most shots of the pier.

And the viewpoint. My current favourite thing is changing the position of the camera from the usual viewpoint, in front of my eye when stood up, going high, low, left right, up, down.

I also use Live View a lot more these days, to help me get the framing right from less convenient positions.

So the takeaway from this post is this.

  • Go somewhere interesting.
  • Stay around.
  • Wait for the light.
  • Try different angles.
  • Shoot.
  • And enjoy.

Thanks for reading this post all about me, Bournemouth Photographer Rick. You can catch up with my blog tomorrow at

www.rickmcevoyphotogrpahy.co.uk/blog

or visit my Bournemouth photographer page at

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/bournemouth-photographer/

where you can see a selection of my pictures of Bournemouth

#Bournemouth

#Bournemouth Pier

#Bournemouth Photographer

#pictures of Bournemouth

#Dorset

 

25th January

“San Sebastian Cathedral - Spectacular interior shot by architectural photographer me (see original post for image)

 

San Sebastian Cathedral, Spain

Stunning interior. I am an architectural photographer. I can’t resist such stunning interiors.

And this shot was hand held. No tripod. Just me and by 6D with my trusty specialist interior photographer lens – my Canon 17-40mm F4 L. Why do I call it a specialist interior photographer lens?

Shooting interiors, I quite often find myself wedged in a corner, or holding my camera up to the ceiling and pointing down, holding my camera out of a window etc etc.

17mm on a full frame camera is wide. If you thing about it the widest tilt shift lens, specialist architectural photography kit if ever there was, has a 17mm focal length. The others being 24mm and 90mm. Never understood the 90mm one??

So 17mm is wide. And for the positions I use to get my shots I love the size and weight of the 17-40mm lens.

I find that being able to get into unusual positions to get different viewpoints outweighs the benefits of bigger, more expensive lenses. The images with the 17-40 are great, lovely and sharp. And I find myself using this great little lens all the time for architectural photography, and interior photography.

So this shot I took handheld. ISO was 3200. Quite high, but no evidence of grain. The 6D really is an amazing camera for architectural photography – so sharp, and again light and very easy to use. And if there is any noise in this image I can’t see, and I have not even thought about noise reduction in Lightroom.

I say noise reduction – more like detail reduction as far as I am concerned.

At this ISO I could use a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, F8, and the random focal length of 36mm.

No cropping required, and a bit of weekend fun in Lightroom and Photoshop – you have to play around with your images and try new things out. The effect you see is exactly what I was after here. I wanted rich colours, lots of detail and contrast between highlights and shadows, lights and darks.

Commercial work is one thing – personal work is the place to try out new things and possibly create and new look, feel or style?

Thank you for reading todays post, and please check back tomorrow at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co..uk/blog

where you will be able to read my next post about something photography related

You can get in touch with me using my contact page which you can find at

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/contact/

with your photographic query, whatever it may be.

 

#architectural photographer

#architectural photography

#interior photographer

#interior photography

#San Sebastian Cathedral

#architectural photographer Bournemouth

#architectural photographer Poole

#architectural photographer Sandbanks

#architectural photographer Dorset

#architectural photographer Cornwall

#architectural photographer Devon

#architectural photographer Hampshire

#architectural photographer London

#architectural photographer Surrey

#architectural photographer Wiltshire

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk”

 

24th January

Sundays Cornwall post from wannabee photographer Cornwall me! (see original post for image)

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall.

Drive north out of Newquay, past Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth and on the left you pass Bedruthan Steps. Park up, and enjoy the steps down to the beach from the cliffs. It's not far but is steep. 

And well worth it when you get down there. Bedruthan steps is another of my favourite Cornwall photographer locations.

Walking down the beach you have large rocks all over the place, cliffs to one side, the sea to the other side.

This shot is looking back towards the steps up to the car park, not too far along the beach. 

Processing of this image is mainly dodging and burning, again extracting the full dynamic range out of this single image. No bracketed HDR merge here today! 

 Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and please pop back tomorrow for a new post on a subject yet to be decided!!

http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

#Cornwall pictures

#pictures of Cornwall

#photographers in Cornwall

#Cornwall photography

#photographer Cornwall

#photos of Cornwall

#Cornwall photographer

#photographers Cornwall

#photography Cornwall

#Cornwall landscape photography

#Cornwall photographers

#Bedruthan Steps

 

23rd January

Two posts today

“New piece of kit - a Bluetooth wireless keyboard!

Well I have finally succumbed and bought a Bluetooth keyboard so I can type much more efficiently when out on the road, which I am a lot. 

Good old Amazon Prime - my star purchase from last year... The keyboard will be with me Monday. 

I have trialled an old Apple keyboard knocking about in the house, and apart from the fact the m key is loose it has been a revelation!  I was hooked in seconds!

I am writing this post on my sofa with this old thing! “

 

And then

“More Cornwall photography – boats on the sand in the harbour at St Ives (see original post for image)

 

More Cornwall photography – boats on the sand in the harbour at St Ives

Today’s new picture for my Cornwall website was taken in St Ives, a lovely if busy and very popular tourist destination in Cornwall.

You can access my new Cornwall photography page at the following link

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/

Boats are a great subject. I like this image for a number of reasons.

I like the warmth in the image, provided by the soft late summer sunshine.

I like the arrangement of the boats, and the way I have composed the shot. The ropes hanging loose in the front, all in the same direction thanks to the tide. Nature’s way of forming a pattern out of something man made.

And the boats themselves. For this image I wanted to make the boats pop, stand out from the background, and also wanted to pull out the detail within them.

Basically I like shots of boats in harbours with the tide out – who doesn’t?

Technical info for this shot?

Canon EOS 5D. 24-105m F4L Lens.

70mm focal length. Now I am going to stop here.

70mm focal length. Most unusual for me.

Firstly, that I am using my 24-105 lens. And even more unusually I am not at the 24 or 105mm end of the range - no I am somewhere in the middle.

This tells me that I was interested in a particular composition and crop, and went for this quite specific focal length, which pleases me as I obviously thought about it when I took the shot.

Moving on.

ISO640. Why? Must have been cloudier than I remember!

1/1250th of a second at F8. All fine.

Post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, removing some unwanted objects around the edges, and not the usual crop ratio – no I have gone a bit freestyle here which makes another change.

It is good to be different, break the rules and the usual settings etc. and try something different. Interesting things often come when you mix things up and try something different.

Thank you for reading todays post, which is back to my Cornwall photography theme -  come back tomorrow for another post about my Cornwall photography at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

#Cornwall pictures

#pictures of Cornwall

#photographers in Cornwall

#Cornwall photography

#photographer Cornwall

#photos of Cornwall

#Cornwall photographer

#photographers Cornwall

#photography Cornwall

#Cornwall landscape photography

#Cornwall photographers

#St Ives

 

22nd January

“A lovely peaceful, calming sunset shot of Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset (see original post for image)

I took this shot the other day. I always drive home through Sandbanks as I love this location. 

As always I was keeping a close eye on the sky and the impending sunset. 

So I stopped and got this shot. 

I tried a 3 shot pano but obviously made a bit of a mess of it as I could not merge the three files in either Lightroom or Photoshop. Which must have been my fault. 

Luckily I will be able to return soon and try again.

So this is a single image, 2 shots merged from the bracketed sequence. 

Taken on my Canon 6D with the usual 17-40mm lens, 2.5 second exposure at F16, ISO100, 17mm focal length. 

Taken on my tripod of course. I stopped down to F16 to give myself a long exposure time of 2.5 seconds, giving me that flat smooth effect on the water.

In Lightroom I further expanded the dynamic range with sliders in the basic panel, and boosted the colours. As ever my processing style is all about getting the best out of what is there. 

A little about the location. Sandbanks is a fantastic location in Poole. In this shot you are looking at Brownsea Island.

This location is where I have got a lot of great images of Dorset. It is truly a fantastic location for landscape photography in Dorset.

Thanks for reading my post, please come back tomorrow for another photography related Blog post at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

and you can go to my website home page where you can view the following Dorset specific pages

#Dorset photographer

#Poole photographer

#Sandbanks photographer

#Bournemouth photographer

#sunset shot Sandbanks

#Poole

#Dorset

#images of Dorset

#landscape photography

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

 

21st January

“Rick McEvoy Photography – A professional photographer’s website

Today I want to write about my website, as I have recently made some changes to it. And give you a break from my new Cornwall images which I am loving going through to produce the new web page.

I have changed the structure slightly, to make it more logical and easier to navigate. The idea of the new Cornwall page was the genesis of this change – I was debating where exactly to put it on my website, and thought that a separate “Places” section made perfect sense. So I created a new category, and put the places web pages I have within that heading. I am happy with this change, which is live on my website now.

So on my website I have the following pages.

Home page - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

About - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/about/

Blog - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

Commissions - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/commissions/

Contact - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/contact/

FAQ - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/faq/

Places - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/places/

Work - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/work/

Archive - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/archive/

 

About my home page - Rick McEvoy Photography - Professional Photographer

This is (obviously) my home page, where I try to describe myself and the professional photography services I provide in one page.

This page also includes a selection of 12 images, which are representative of my commercial photography work. They are all images from the built environment, which is my specialist area of work.

The image set includes interior photography, building exteriors, architectural photography and construction photography – images taken on live construction sites.

You might think from reading my blog that most of my photographic work is landscape photography - this is not the case at all. The reason is that I am not able to publish commercial photography work as soon as I have produced it, if ever at all, for commercial reasons.

As I post to my blog every day, I therefore use a mix of personal work and commercial photography work that is free to be published. As a photographer I want my blog to be a visual, living blog, with the odd post of text only like today.

I will write about the other pages on my website over the coming weeks – I want to explain the purpose and structure to all my readers.

Thank you for reading this post about my website and its new structure.

Please contact me with any photography related questions or queries using the contact form at the link above.

#professional photographers

#professional photographer

#professional photography

#commercial photography

#images from the built environment

#interior photography

#architectural photography

#construction photography

#images taken on live construction sites

#photographic work

#Landscape photography”

 

20th January

“Sea Gull on guard - another new Cornwall image taken in Padstow (see original post for image)

So this is image number 3 to be added to my page dedicated to my pictures of Cornwall, which you can get to from this link

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/

This shot is great. A big, and I mean big, sea gull, fearless, sat on top of a ladder which leads down to the harbour waters in Padstow.

The main subject here is clearly the sea gull, so in post processing I have blurred the background more, darkened the perimeter and highlighted the star of the shot. This is fine as far as I am concerned – this is not image manipulation, this is image enhancement. The sea gull was there, the background was there.

I have just tried to make the best out of what was actually in front of me using Lightroom.

I am trying to pull together a collection of photographs which are hopefully different from the usual collections by other photographers in Cornwall. I hope that I create an original collection of interesting, dramatic, pleasing and sometimes amusing images.

My photography reflects my personality, and I am enjoying trying to capture this into a set of 12 photos. This is not an exercise in editing, although I might do the odd tweak along the way to previously edited images, and of course start from scratch with anything I choose from my catalogue which has not been processed to date.

I am also looking for images which have not been taken on my 17-40mm F4L Lens!!!! There must be some in there somewhere??

So what did I use for this shot?

Canon 5D Mark 1, 17-40mm F 4L lens.

Shock news – I went telephoto for this shot – taken at actual 40mm!!

I must have forgotten my 70-200 lens that day......

Back to the technical stuff. ISO 100, 1/800th second at F4.

Had I used the 70-200 I would have got a much better out of focus background, with that lovely soft Bokeh that lens produces.

But I didn’t.

Still I like the image a lot.

 Thank you for reading todays post – another new image coming your way tomorrow on my daily blog, which you can get to at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

#Cornwall pictures

#pictures of Cornwall

#photographers in Cornwall

#Cornwall photography

#photographer Cornwall

#photos of Cornwall

#Cornwall photographer

#photographers Cornwall

#photography Cornwall

#Cornwall landscape photography

#Cornwall photographers”

 

19th January

“Just a picture of the beach - one of those lovely pictures of Cornwall (see original post for image)

Just a picture of the beach - one of those lovely pictures of Cornwall.

So what is Cornwall all about?

Lovely beaches are certainly one thing.

Lovely beaches which make taking great pictures of Cornwall easy.

All the ingredients are there. Colour, texture, depth, warmth, sea, sky, clouds. (sounds like a keyword list for a stock photo – sorry terrible photographers joke).

My job as a photographer is to extract out all those natural features and represent them the best I can, trying to replicate what I saw and felt at the time.

The texture and colour of the sand is what drew me to take this shot, and I deliberately framed the shot to get the depth into the shot.

Technical stuff

Canon EOS 5D

17-40mm F4L Lens, using 17mm

ISO400

1/1600th second at F8.

Basically the usual settings then! To be honest they work for me, and allow me to concentrate on capturing great images, not messing around with settings. I have learnt over time that too much time taken on the technical nonsense can distract from taking images.

So this is image number 2 to be added to my page dedicated to my pictures of Cornwall, which you can get to from this link

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/

Thank you for reading this post – come back to my blog tomorrow at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

where there might be another pictures of Cornwall web page (or there might not!).

 #Cornwall pictures

#pictures of Cornwall

#photographers in Cornwall

#Cornwall photography

#photographer Cornwall

#photos of Cornwall

#Cornwall photographer

#photographers Cornwall

#photography Cornwall

#Cornwall landscape photography

#Cornwall photographers”

 

18th January

“Watergate Bay Beach, Cornwall – three versions of the same shot of one of my favourite Cornwall pictures. (see original post for images)

So which do you prefer?

I like the darker version, which has more depth and texture, but that is probably me speaking as a photographer. If you want to buy a picture of a beach in Cornwall do you want the moody version? Or the bright version?

Obviously it is purely a matter of taste. And I can’t decide which image to put on my new web page which contains some of my best pictures of Cornwall.

So will am going to have to include both of them!

Well what can I do? I will give people the choice of the two (not the one with the plug-in), and see what they think. That is one way of looking at it.

The other is that I am failing to make that brutal, editing decision – choose one over the other. Well I am only human after all.

But to be fair to me I like both images so I will just do that and go on to my next image to be included.

My new page is in the category I have just created called “Places”, and you can get to it directly from this link

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/

Thank you for reading this post – come back to my blog tomorrow at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

where there will be an addition to my Cornwall pictures web page.

 #Cornwall pictures

#pictures of Cornwall

#photographers in Cornwall

#Cornwall photography

#photographer Cornwall

#photos of Cornwall

#Cornwall photographer

#photographers Cornwall

#photography Cornwall

#Cornwall landscape photography

#Cornwall photographers

#Watergate Bay”

 

17th January

“New Cornwall Photographer page coming soon on my website

I am preparing a new Cornwall photographer web page, featuring a selection of my pictures of Cornwall (not surprisingly).

As a regular visitor to this lovely county I have a half decent selection of Cornwall pictures. 

I will be going through my catalogue and including 12 of my favourite photos of Cornwall. I know one of them straight away, one of my definite favourites which I have re-edited to give it a slightly different feel more in line with my current style which I have been working hard on.

Enough about that until tomorrow.

The new page will include a variety of Cornwall landscape photography images and a few famous names, well one.

A famous Chef based in Cornwall. Not the chef, his building. Well the sign for it!

I will also include some interesting and humorous Cornwall photography, another of my favourite Cornwall images featuring a large sea gull sat on top of ladder on guard!

You can reach this new page at  

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/

There are lots of photographers in Cornwall, and I have to make the most of my trips over there from Dorset, quite a long but very rewarding journey. I always come back with some excellent images, not hard from such a great location.

I have also recently been looking at the work of other Cornwall photographers, trying to get ideas for new locations to shoot on my next trip over there. I am not looking to copy other people's work, but want ideas about new locations which I can visit and try to come up with something new.

Obviously I want my new page to be a success, as I would love to attract new work to add to my photographers Cornwall portfolio. I am looking forward to assembling my top 12 photography Cornwall images 

My favourite locations for taking photos in Cornwall tend to be on the north coast, from St Ives working up the coast, often getting stuck around Watergate Bay and the area north of Newquay.

I need to try out some new locations. 

Thank you for reading this post all about my new photographer Cornwall web page.

Please come back to my blog soon at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

to view the selection of images I have put together. 

 #Cornwall pictures

#pictures of Cornwall

#photographers in Cornwall

#cornwall photography

#photographer cornwall

#photos of cornwall

#cornwall photographer

#photographers cornwall

#photography cornwall

#cornwall landscape photography

#cornwall photographers”

 

16th January

“Watergate Bay beach - one of my best pictures of Cornwall (see original post for image)

This is definitely one of my best pictures of Cornwall.

A lovely typically English beach scene, with rocks in the foreground, a lovely beach and an interesting sky over the rolling surf waves. 

Nice! 

I like photographs which reflect the feeling of a location. I also like getting plenty of depth, colour, richness and texture into my images.

I don't like cloudless blue skies all the time, unless I am lying on a sun lounger under one of course! I like skies with interest within them.

My new web page all about my pictures of Cornwall is something I am looking forward to creating - it will contain 12 images which to me reflect Cornwall.

As I choose a new image I will write about it on my blog, posting each image in turn.

Thanks for reading this post, please make sure you visit my new page containing pictures of Cornwall at 

 http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/cornwall-photographer/ 

#pictures of Cornwall

#Watergate Bay”

 

15th January

“A sunny Cyprus Sky - Not! (see original post for image)

For all you people fed up with the British weather check out this sunshine shot from Cyprus..... 

Quite sad that I took this shot as I found the sky interesting....

Taken on my Canon 6D/ 17-40mm F4L lens. Processed in Lightroom.

That’s it. I am Friday burnt out with lots going on photographically at the moment.

Thanks for reading this Friday post, and please visit my website for lots more photography related stuff at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

I am a photographer specialising in property photography in the following areas

#property photographer Bournemouth

#property photographer Poole

#property photographer Sandbanks

#property photographer Dorset

#property photographer Hampshire

#property photographer Surrey

#property photographer Cornwall

#property photographer Wiltshire

#property photographer London

My blog is my daily updated publication of my photographic world, where I post all sorts of photography related things, which you can access at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

14th January

“Shipwreck, Cyprus - dramatically lit shot of a modern day wreck (see original post for image)

Today's post is a great shot of a modern day shipwreck I discovered off the coast of Cyprus recently.

Quite a dramatic site and I had to of course stop for a shot or 30. This is one of my favourites, although there is another view where the sky was much better, but I like the composition of this shot.

Taken on my Canon 6D with 17-40mm F4L Lens (of course - you are probably bored of hearing me say that!)

All processing was done in Lightroom. Another 2 shot HDR Merge with adjustments mainly in the correction panel plus dodging and burning.

I have reverted to taking a bracketed set of 3, having experimented with sets of 5 (a change you do on the 6D in the custom settings).  The reason is that I really do not need 5 images the way the HDR Merge feature in Lightroom works, so this means less data and less memory taken up. I have written about this on a previous blog post, where I showed the comparison between a single image and 2, 4 and 5 exposure bracketed sets. Basically 2 stops under and 2 stops over works best!

I like shooting large ships, not normally wrecks, which make fascinating subjects for industrial photographers. The scale of these large vessels can be staggering. 

Thanks for reading this post - please visit my website at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

where you can find out all about my photography. 

#shipwreck

#Cyprus

#industrial photographers

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbank

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#Cornwall

#London”

 

13th January

“Another shot of the fantastic Woodhenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, at Sunset (see original post for image)

Another shot of the fantastic Woodhenge at sunset by me, Wiltshire Photographer Rick

I have posted images taken at Woodhenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire, before.

I managed to revisit the site recently, quite literally on my way home, and luckily the sky was great. I was not after the same view of Woodhenge that I got before Christmas – I was after a different view.

Going back to places you have photographed before allows you to do this – I am very fortunate to live in Dorset and have so many great locations in surrounding counties such as Wiltshire and Hampshire.

It really is all about getting out there with your camera and having a go – finding great subjects and getting the best images you can.

For this shot I had to do something different.

Firstly, I put my camera (canon 6D) in AV mode and pushed the ISO to 800. I wanted to get that nice starburst effect, so had to stop my lens down to F22.

Next I got down on my knees, and in Live View mode focused on the stone immediately in front of me. And when that didn’t work I turned off Live View and laid down on the floor, focusing conventionally.  I then turned off the auto-focus, and held my camera where I focussed it, and took this shot using Live View to help me guess where I should be pointing the camera.

The problem with shooting into the sun is that you can’t see anything!

This was all done using my favourite combo of Canon 6D and 17-40mm F4L lens.

The shot was part of a bracketed sequence of 5 shots, in 2 shot increments. Processing in Lightroom was using HDR Merge of the 2 stop over and 2 stop under shots (I really must stop using the 5 bracketed sequence as it is clearly a waste of time as 3 is just fine).

Apart from one of my own pre-sets, a bit of dodging and burning and a bit of touching up in Photoshop that is it!

And the result? I love it of course.

So get out there, find a great subject, try some new angles and you never know what you might get.

Oh yes, before I go, a bit about Woodhenge.

According to the English Heritage website

“Woodhenge is an atmospheric Neolithic site close to Stonehenge. Probably built about 2300 BC, it was originally believed to be the remains of a large burial mound, surrounded by a bank and ditch almost completely destroyed by ploughing. Aerial photography detected rings of dark spots in a crop of wheat, and today concrete markers replace the six concentric rings of timber posts which are believed to have once supported a ring-shaped building. 

There is evidence that it was in use around 1800 BC.  It is possible that the banks and ditches were used for defensive purposes in addition to its ceremonial function. “

Find out more at the English Heritage website at

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/woodhenge/

I will probably post another image of Woodhenge tomorrow - such a great and accessible location. And I will update on the new harsh culling regime! I have told myself I am going to get down to 5-10 image sets (bracketed) and delete the rest. Good luck with that I say!

Thanks for reading my blog - please visit my website where you can find out lots about me and my photography work.

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

I also have a new page where I will be posting more new images taken in Wiltshire, which you can see at

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/wiltshire-photographer/

#Wiltshire photographer

#Woodhenge

#English Heritage

#Wiltshire photographers

#Wiltshire photography

#photographer in Wiltshire

#photographer Wiltshire

#pictures of Wiltshire

#Wiltshire images

#Wiltshire photos

#Amesbury”

 

12th January

I wrote “Top 10 camera gear” and 10 photography tips, saved them as drafts, then forgot to publish!

 

11th January

“Trees in the New Forest - a great view looking up! (see original post for image)

I love this image of the New Forest. I have posted it before but like it so much I am posting it again! 

This is one of my favourites shots of mine, taken in the New Forest in Hampshire (GPS co-ordinates available from my Canon 6D if required!). Which is an interesting point. The fact my fantastic camera has built-in GPS  means I can revisit this exact location and take another shot at a different time of year and in different weather.

I think I'll do that. Sounds great. 

This shot was taken at 1/1000th of a second, F8, ISO400, with a focal length of 15mm, hence the wide view. 

Next time I will lie down on the floor, using my latest photography accessory - a £5 groundsheet. 

One of my other favourite photography accessories is a pair of stepladders. 

The point is - to get interesting shots you need to try all the angles, up down, left right, looking up, down, sideways

etc, etc

Thanks for reading this post and please visit my website at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

where you can view lots more of my Hampshire photography

And my daily blog which you can access at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

#hampshire photographer

#hampshire photography

#new forest

#image of the New Forest”

 

10th January

Missed a day. Not sure what happened there??

 

 

9th January

“The rooftops of St Emillion, France - a great architectural and travel shot. (see original post for image)

 A lovely warm summers shot of the rooftops of St Emillion in France, taken from the bell tower of the Monolithic Church of St Emillion.

I have to be honest - I took far too many shots from the bell tower such were the fantastic views. 

So I have lots of sweeping vistas and endless rooftops, but instead chose this tighter shot, which I feel tells the story of the rooftops themselves. Just the odd patch if green to break up the colours in the wall Les and the roofs. No people in the shot, purely because if the angle of view. 

Ok there was one person in the shot but they got removed in Photoshop. 

A fiver for the reader who can tell me where the person was in the shot! 

This shot was taken at 1/1600 second at F8, ISO100 on my Canon 6D with 17-40mm lens. 

On this trip I took two lenses, the 17-40 and the 8-15mm F4L fisheye zoom lens. 

40mm was the longest focal length I was carrying. 

Whilst it made me think my ideal two lens combo is the 70-200F4L with the 17-40. That is my travel combo, and what I use most of the time. 

My 24-105mm F4 lens, for so long my go to lens, is virtually redundant. I have now put in my back 5D for when I need to change quickly, which is not often for my type and style of photography, which is much slower and more about careful and thoughtful composition these days. And on a tripod wherever possible.

Well I have digressed slightly off topic here, but hope you enjoyed this architectural photography image taken in St Emillion. 

Please visit my website at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

where you can find all about my world of photography.

Thanks for reading, and pop back tomorrow for another blog post at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

#architectural photography

#travel photography

#France

#St Emillion

 

8th January

“New image set on my architectural photographer page - Upton House, Poole, Dorset (see original post for image)

Upton House can be found in the award winning Upton Country Park in Poole, Dorset.

The official website is

http://www.uptoncountrypark.com/

where you can find out all about this great park, grounds and country house, owned by the Borough of Poole.

This is a single, hand held shot, taken using the following settings on my Canon 6D with 17-40mm F4L Lens

Shutter speed - 1/500th second

Aperture - F11

ISO - 100

Focal length - 17mm

AS I said it is a single image processed in Lightroom, and the shape of the building lends itself to a panoramic crop. The original shot has lots of grass in the foreground, and we all know what grass looks like so I cropped it out!

Other than that the main adjustment was correcting the distortion in the building – no-one would ever thank you for producing an image of a building looking a bit wonky! Although a bit of vertical convergence is OK in my book as that is how we see buildings.

But for architectural photography I go with straight buildings, unless I am real close to the main subject and want to get an exaggerated view.

One thing I am doing more and more at the moment is taking shots from the ground looking up, to try to bring a different perspective and view. Oh yes and my tall stepladders are in my car to give higher views.

Until I buy my drone that is….

Well that’s all from me for now – thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and read this post. Please go to my website at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

where you can view lots more examples of my work.

I am an architectural photographer in Dorset providing high quality architectural photography services in #Bournemouth, #Poole, #Sandbanks, #Dorset, #Hampshire, #Wiltshire, #Surrey, #London and now #Cornwall.

#Upton House

#Poole

#Dorset

#Borough of Poole

#architectural photography

#architectural photographer”

 

7th January

“Poole Lifting Bridge - Industrial Photographer close up shot (see original post for image)

There are two lifting bridges in Poole, Dorset.

The Twin Sails Bridge, opened in 2012

And the old lifting Bridge, officially called the

Poole Bridge or Poole Lifting Bridge

opened in 1927. There have been bridges at this location since 1834.

The Twin Sails Bridge is the sleek new, glamorous cousin of the Poole Lifting Bridge, which is a much more functional bridge.

One cloudy day in December whilst looking for a sunrise that was not happening I decided to explore the old lifting bridge a bit more, and looked at the massive cogs on which the bridge lifts. None of your fancy hydraulics here.

This shot is of one of them.

Industrial photography is not just about big grand images showing the magnificent splendour of a structure – it is also about the details, the components, the bits that are an integral part of the structure and operation of the whole.

This shot was handheld, as I wanted to get in close, and is a single image from a bracketed sequence of five images. The HDR just did not work, so this is a single image edited in Lightroom.

Shot details – 1/6th second, F8, ISO 400, 17-40mm F4L Lens at 21mm.

I like this shot as it shows the detail in the cog – you can see the grease on the teeth – it is all about the large cog and that takes centre stage.

Touching on what I said yesterday, from all the images taken of the bridge I have kept two. The other one I will edit, just not got round to it.

Just two images out of 20, all 5 sequence brackets, 100 images in total, each 10-15 MB – it all stacks up storage wise!!

I will write separately about my Canon 6D – such a great full frame camera for architectural photography and interior design photography.

Thanks for reading this post, and I hope you like the new image of Poole Bridge.

Please visit my website at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Where you can find out more about me and my industrial photographer work in Bournemouth, Pole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire. London and now Cornwall

#industrial photographer

#industrial photography

#industrial photographers

#Poole Twin Sails Bridge

#Poole Lifting Bridge

#Poole Bridge

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#London

#Cornwall”

 

6th January

“Corridor, Cognac, France - leading lines into the light black and white shot (see original post for image)

This shot was taken at the Martell factory tour in Cognac, France.

The nice people at Martell were happy for us to photography whatever we wanted, I guess as the factory had relocated so it was literally a museum.

Another similar, but live working place did not allow photography for some reason.

I have been browsing images in my catalogue, as from time to time I have to purge the images to make the storage of all that data manageable.

And yes I have to actually delete images.

My rule of thumb these days is - do I want to edit the image? If so I keep it. If not, I delete it.

Harsh, but this is my workflow going forwards.

You have to make harsh choices with digital photography, or you will end up with an unmanageable amount of photos that you do not know what to do with.

Trust me – I know…

I have made this mistake and am now paying the price for it. Unlike me to digress…

Back to the photo.

So I was allowed to take photos, and managed to capture this shot with my Canon 6D, 8-15mm fish eye zoom, 1/100th of a second at F4, ISO 1600. Focal length used 8mm.

I have corrected the fish eye distortion in Lightroom. This is another two shot HDR merge in Lightroom – I love this as you get the maximum out of the images whilst looking natural and normal

I converted to a black and white even though the colours were interesting,

And finally I dodged and burned the extremes of the exposure to maximise the dynamic range.

I was pleased to be able to get this shot ok handheld, thankfully my 6D is fantastic in low light situations.

And the end image is what I wanted, showing the scale, depth and darkness of the old corridor from the original Martell factory back in the day.

I will write separately about my Canon 6D – such a great full frame camera for architectural photography and interior design photography.

Thanks for reading this post, and I hope you enjoyed the new image posted.

Please visit my website at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Where you can find out more about me and my industrial photography work in Bournemouth, Pole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire. London and now Cornwall

#industrial photography

#architectural photography

#interior design photography.

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#London

#Cornwall

#Martell

#Cognac

#France”

 

5th January

“Duomo, Florence, Italy. One of my all-time favourite shots now featuring on my architectural photographer page (see original post for image)

When I say one of my all-time favourite shots I really do mean

one of my all-time favourite shots

As in taken by me. 

To be fair Duomo is such an absolutely stunning piece of architecture to take a bad photo would almost be a crime!

Even so I love this shot. 

One of the hardest things to do when trying to capture such a magnificent structure as this is to truly convey the sheer scale of the building. 

And the presence this structure has. It is massive and imposing. 

So how do you convey this scale?

Include people.

Now I will be completely honest with you. I try to not have people on my photos. I guess I prefer buildings more than people. But people do bring buildings to life. Buildings are designed in the main for people. And people are a familiar, known size and scale to us (within reason), and people can therefore give scale and perspective to something as large and imposing as Duomo. 

Plus, I don't want to spend days removing people from shots in Photoshop. Which is possible if rather time consuming. And a subject for another blog post.

Removing people by layering.

I will take a shot just to demonstrate this magical art. 

But back to Duomo. Firstly, the technical stuff

Shutter speed - 1/2500th of a second

Aperture - F8

ISO - 400

Lens - 17-40mm F4 L

Focal length - 17mm

Camera - Canon EOS 5D

The shot was handheld, and involved quite a bit of waiting for the people to be in the right places. And not in the wrong places. Which never actually happened to be honest.

Processing - mainly done in Lightroom, with some minor removal of people in the foreground!

Oh yes that reminds me - another technical issue is the direction of the light. The sun is on the face of Duomo, the shadow in front is cast by the adjacent Baptistry.

So that was the only time I had to make the shot on that day. And I might have said it before but I will say it again

I love this picture of Duomo, Florence

Thanks for reading this post - please check out my website at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

where you can see more of my architectural photography work and images from Tuscany

 

#Duomo

#Florence

#Italy

#architectural photographer

#architectural photography

#images from Tuscany

#picture of Duomo, Florence

 

4th January

New black and white image taken from Evening Hill, Poole, Dorset (see original post for image)

The view from Evening Hill towards Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset

This shot was taken just before Christmas, and is the view of one of the jetties that boats moor against in the warmer summer months.

Obviously there are no boats moored there at the moment!

This shot was taken during the stormy weather, and the water, which is normally flat, was very choppy. This is no mean feat considering in this part of Poole Harbour the depth of the water is no more than a metre. At low tide you can walk out on the sand!

Being such a lovely, grey, stormy day I decided that a black and white version of the shot would work well.

In terms of the image capture, this is a single image, taken at an exposure of 0.4/ second, F32, ISO100, 200mm focal length on my Canon 70-200mm F4L Lens (great lens by the way). The shot was tripod mounted.

Well when I say tripod mounted, the camera was mounted to the tripod, and I was leaning on the tripod to try and keep it still in the wind, so strong it was.

I used the longer shutter speed, by using a low ISO and maximum aperture (which I normally do not do) as I wanted to get some movement in the water but also wanted the fixed points sharp.

I like this image, because it looks cold and stormy.

Image processing was done in Lightroom, with dust spotting and some minor removals done in Photoshop (the new version of Photoshop CC is just that – new – and I will be looking at and writing about this in the very near future). The main thing I did in Lightroom, after the B&W conversion, was to increase the contrast and dynamic range within the image, mainly using selective dodging and burning.

Dodging and burning.

I will write a separate post about dodging and burning, which to me is one of the most powerful tools in Lightroom, but is a technique which dates back to the days of film, which I remember.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading this post. Please pop back tomorrow for another new image, and go to my website anytime at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

where you can find out lots more about me and my photography in Dorset

I am a photographer based in Dorset specialising in architectural, commercial and industrial photography in Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks. Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and London

I try to post to my blog on a daily basis, and you can subscribe to my daily blog from my home page.

#architectural photography

#commercial photography

#industrial photography

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#London

#Poole Harbour

#black and white

#storm

#jetty”

 

 

3rd January

“New image set on my architectural photographer page - Construction product shot, Poole, Dorset

Today's image is of some spectacular new houses recently completed in Poole, Dorset. 

The shots were construction product shots taken for the rendering supplier and installer, KRend. 

Product photography is one of the areas of commercial photography I specialise in, especially construction product photography. 

I have done construction product shoots for some of the largest construction product suppliers, including Catnic, BASF and Rockwool. 

All these shoots have been on live construction sites, presenting their own challenges as a photographer. Thankfully, I have extensive experience of construction sites, and am. fully equipped to go on to any construction site. 

This shoot in Poole was a pleasant change, being a completed project with the properties on the market for sale. 

The properties offer spectacular views over Poole Harbour, but my brief was to photograph the render to the front (road side) elevations to show the render in the context of the new development. On this shoot I only supplied 12 duly edited images, which the client was delighted with.

I am also able to offer a rapid turnaround of commercial photography requests, subject of course to the weather- my biggest single problem. 

Thanks for reading this post, and please get in touch via my website with your product photography enquiry at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

 

January 2nd 2016

“Wimborne Minster, Dorset (see original post for image)

I have been going through my architectural photography catalogue, looking for older images that I can revisit and rework knowing what I know now. 

I am enjoying going back to old images such as this one, and applying lots of new processing skills and techniques, as well as my (hopefully) improved knowledge of composition and what basically is a good image or not. 

This image was fundamentally sound. A good composition, and interesting subject and an interesting sky. 

Technically image capture is good. Histogram shows a good exposure.

Ok time for me to deviate.

In Lightroom, the histogram suggests a correct exposure. 

But how often do I look at the histogram in my camera? You might be surprised by the answer. 

Never. 

Why? 

I guess I have confidence in my skills in image capture that I do not need this graphical technical representation of the Jpeg version of my RAW file.

I do however have the blinkies turned on.

That is highlight overexposure.

Much more useful. 

And I find myself less and less reviewing my image capture on the ridiculously small screen on my Canon EOS 6D.

Again practise, lots of practise, and evaluating my work when back in my office, have given me the confidence to just go out and shoot, and consistently produce the high quality imagery I am looking for. 

So this old image of Wimborne Minster in Dorset has received and amount of further processing in Lightroom only. Not Photoshop. Just Lightroom. 

I am enjoying taking time processing images with no time or commercial constraints. This image is an example of this.

As I said all the work was done in Lightroom. Most of my time is spent in the basic panel. 

Question for Adobe. Why do you call it the basic panel? 

It is far from that. 

Outside of the basic panel are lens corrections and sharpening. That's it. 

A lot of my time in the basic panel is spent using the brush tools to make localised adjustments, as well as dodging and burning. This is basically bespoke hand editing of a single image. 

This takes time. More time than most commercial assignments allows unfortunately. 

But it is a great place to experiment and learn new things, and refine techniques so they can be introduced into my commercial workflow.  

Which is why my personal and landscape photography work helps my commercial photography work grow and develop. 

Thanks for reading, check out my website for lots more images of Dorset as well as more of my architectural photography work.

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

#architectural photographer

#Wimborne Minster

#Dorset

#Adobe Lightroom

#images of Dorset

#architectural photography

#landscape photography

#commercial photography”

 

January 1st 2016

I started off the new year with a black and white Hay Bale shot. (see original post for image)

“Happy New Year Dorset Hay Bale black and white”

Insert image here

And the point of my post? I pledged to Try, and learn to like, Lightroom plug-ins.”

And

“Produce some different and more striking images in 2016.”