Another new interior photography image for my Portfolio - a picture of a Poole classroom with a sea view and a burst of golden sunshine.
I have written about this image before. Why? Because I love this image. The burst of sunlight might be a tad clichéd, but I like the effect, and waited some time for this moment. And it is a significant feature in this brand new space.
Being local to Poole I knew when the sun would be where I wanted it to be.
I spend far too much time watching where the sun is, where it has been and of course where it is going to be!
I was photographing this brand new space for the architect. This project has been entered for an award. With my photos. Exciting!
The picture is the extension to the school, providing a brand new classroom with a sea view. And south facing, so you can see Poole Harbour and the Hamworthy Beach Huts.
An architectural photography picture of the extension to the school has already been included in my portfolio. Now I am back to the interior photography images I can work this one to portfolio submission standard.
I was going to include the client issue image but there is no need. All I have done to the client issue image is add a vignette in Lightroom and then brightened up the centre of the image by dodging in Lightroom. Dodging and burning are old school darkroom tricks. Dodge is lighten, burn darken. I tried using the radial tool in Lightroom but I just don’t get on with it.
So I stuck to what I knew best.
I am writing this in the past tense I noticed, even though I am writing the post as I edit. Hmmmm…..
The key to the success of this shot was research and planning.
Research into the building orientation, and where the sun was relative to it. There was a short period of time when I could get this shot, very much in vogue at the moment I know. Easy as I lived not far from there at the time of taking the photographs!!
And of course taking the time to properly set up the shot. Which did take a bit of time.
Key points of the composition? I wanted to show the space and get a nice warm feeling. And I wanted to capture the essential elements of the image, which for me were
- The board to the left
- The two roof lights
- The work done by the children hanging down.
- And that streaming sunshine
The only thing I did not have time to do was set out all the chairs, which is a shame, as this would have completed the shot.
This was a tight shot. I had to squeeze in the doorway to get as much of the two walls as I could, which is normally my aim. And this shot as taken on my tripod.
Image capture details.
Taken on my Canon 6D with Canon 17-40mm F4L Lens, Using a focal length of, erm, 17mm.
I was using the AV Mode, I am not sure what I say that as it is all I ever use. The aperture was F22, and the ISO 400. I took three bracketed images using shutter speeds of 1/200th, 1/50th second and 1/1000th second.
ISO 400 on a tripod? My slowest shutter speed as 1/50th of a second, and I did not want to hand hold this squeezed into a corner.
I much prefer composing using my tripod anyway, the only issue being can I squeeze into the corner enough to get the capture I want.
Processing was HDR Merge in Lightroom, the usual adjustments then cleaned up in Photoshop.
I am writing less about the processing of images and more about the image capture by the way, as the image capture is the key, not the processing.
This extension was to Hamworthy Park Junior School in Poole, Dorset. The client was the Borough of Poole, the architect was Kendall Kingscott, and the contractor was Midas Construction.
Tomorrow I will post another image for my portfolio, but if you want to see any more of my work in the meantime please head over to my website and check out my interior photography page at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/interior-photographer/
Rick McEvoy Photography
4th August 2016