Image number 3 in my Commercial photography Portfolio. More architectural photography - Hamworthy Park Junior School, Poole, Dorset.
This image was taken in February 2016 of the recently completed extension to Hamworthy Park Junior School in Poole, Dorset.
Client for this project was the Borough of Poole, the contractor was Midas Construction, and the architect who commissioned the photography Kendall Kingscott.
This was one of the last shots taken on the day of the shoot, in blue hour, that magical hour after the sun has gone before darkness descends. In Poole in February this is 6pm.
I had to wait for all the little people to leave the school, and was working my way around this fantastic extension to the school.
I was after exactly what you see – there is still some colour in the sky, you can still see the features outside of the school, but clearly you can see in as all the lights are on, giving the total visual range of the scene.
I had envisioned this outcome at the beginning.
This shot was taken from my large stepladders, using my Manfrotto Magic Arm clamped onto the top.
Exposures were 2.5 seconds, 0.8 seconds and 10 seconds (or the two stop over exposed shot), auto-bracketed in AV Mode on my Canon DSLR.
All taken at F8, ISO 100, Canon 6D with 17-40mm F4L Lens set at 17mm.
10 seconds on a pair of stepladders is pretty good I have to say. I could have pushed the ISO but having practised with this set up I knew it wold be fine. Had I not practised who knows?
But to get such a clean, sharp shot under such circumstances is an achievement (even if I do say so myself!).
I knew I could get a sharp shot even with such long exposures so could keep the ISO down as low as possible, at 100, to get the best quality possible. One of the things I have learnt to do in such circumstances is to stand on the bottom step of the step ladders and breathe very slowly! I must look quite ridiculous but all these little things added together help me to get great results like this.
Processing of this shot was tricky. The shape was quite complex, and there are contrasting lights and darks in the scene, as well as through coloured render with a subtle shade of green. As I was taking photographs for the architect everything has to be correct of course! And that is one of the many challenges of architectural photography – getting everything just as is it.
You can see some more of my, to be honest, rather outdated architectural photographer work at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/architectural-photogrpaher. Go over there soon before I update the pages with all my stunning new architectural photography work.
Tomorrow I will post the three RAW images I took, along with the initial edit issued to the client, so you can see the progression from capture to portfolio, which is quite a lengthy process.
But I will repeat myself, the client issue version took quite some time to edit, but the portfolio shot had even more care and attention to get to this polished result. This is a level of editing that I will not be repeating for this shot (hopefully), but the edited image will be used in the promotion of me and my architectural photography for some time to come.
And once I have a completed Portfolio I can sit back for a while and work on swapping images as and when something of a portfolio standard appears.
Whilst I will be updating my gallery pages on a regular basis I will not be going through a wholesale renewal of my commercial photography portfolio for quite some time, hopefully years. This is why I am investing the time in myself now for the future.
I already know what my next learning steps will be, and also have a very exciting shoot coming up very soon which I have been waiting a long time for. Unfortunately I will not be able to publish any of this work for months due to client confidentiality and the sensitivity of the subject I am shooting.
Thanks for reading this post, and please call back to my blog tomorrow at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog to view the images mentioned above.