Another image commissioned by the architect Etchingham Morris Architecture Ltd, part of the shoot of a lovely converted barn in the grounds of another stunning country residence.
Yesterday on the Improve Photography website my latest article was publised
I got quite a bit of reaction which I am dealing with and will report back on!
Please get back to me via the comments box at the end of the article on the Improve Photography website - it'd good that everyone can read all the comments and replies which is a very enjoyable part of the process.
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This is just a test share Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 6.50am
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Controversial I know but this is a follow on from my last article titled 10 photography things I wish I’d known 10 years ago.
Now there was a bit of a reaction to my statement about not getting layers, but I did not see this as a reason to not go ahead with my thoughts.
I have spent a lot of time trying to learn things in Photoshop that I have never needed.
Layers is the thing that I have never understood - for me Lightroom is so good I don't need layers in Photoshop, and I want to get that message out there.
The article goes live at 5pm UK time - check it out on the Improve Photography website. Tomorrow I will provide a link to the actual published article, as well as any initial feedback I receive.
This shot was taken as I was walking back to my car after photographing this stunning farmhouse conversion.
It was the last shot, and not one I was planning on taking - I had already photographed the front of the property in better light with a more conventional view on arrival.
But I am always looking out for new angles and views, and of course what the light is doing.
I got my Manfrotto 190 Go tripod as low as I could, framed the image, focussed and got this.
I could not see the image properly on the screen of my Canon 6D, so I had to lie down and frame the shot the best I could using the viewfinder whilst staring into the sun.
Happily focus and exposure were both good - that is the benefit of experience I guess!
I love getting new angles on shoots, and also breaking the rules - in this case shooting straight into the sun.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Creative architectural photography in Dorset
This is why I love my work. I get to photograph buildings like this. This is not a place you would ever find yourself passing - it really is out in the countryside.
Rick McEvoy Photography - Architectural Photography in Dorset and Hampshire
This is one of my favourite exterior photos of a recently constructed house in Poole. A stunning recently constructed house in Poole that is.
And the secret to this photo?
A painters pole........
Rick McEvoy Photography - Estate Agent Photography in Poole
This is one of those exterior images that took a lot of time to produce. Firstly in the image capture. There was a lot of preparation and planning, along with three visits and a lot of waiting for the right conditions and no people to be in shot!
And then there was the processing, which was a challenge. The render has a green tint within, which I had to accurately recreate. A very subtle green through colour render - see I know about all this good stuff!
I managed to do this, then hand the epic task of dealing with my nemesis (I would have said nemesises but not sure how to spell it?) - which are
- Chewing gum
A lot of spot removal and clone stamping work in Photoshop to give the appearance of a smooth new playground.
This extension, photographed for the architect Kendall Kingscott, was nominated for an LABC award - my images were used as part of the submission. I don’t think it won - well if it did no one told me!
Rick McEvoy Photography - architectural photography in Dorset
One of my favourite images. So much so I will say no more about this photo.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Architectural Photographer in Winchester
This is one of those photos that tells the whole story in one image.
The story is this.
The complete refurbishment of this building at Horndean Technology College in Hampshire, and the provision of a new garden which is very prominenet in the foreground. And very important to the users of this building.
The vapour trail of the plane was really there.
And the white van in front of the building to the right was removed using Photoshop. Obviously you can't see it now, and neither can you tell that it was there at the time!
This was an HDR image captured using my Canon 6D, which was placed on top of the corner fence post, with the compostion done though me peering through the not so great LCD screen on my Canon 6D in Live View mode.
I was stood on top of a low wall.
And the shot is one of the best construction shots that I have taken. This is down to a combination of factors.
- Technical image capture
Which all combine to give an image that has received so many positive comments.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Construction Photographer in Hampshire
That was the 20 interior images from my architectural photography portfolio – what have I learned?
I was meant to provide a bit of a break after the 20 interior images in my architectural photography portfolio. I missed that but no matter, I will do that just now after image number 25. Lets just pretend that I did this 5 days ago…..
Why am I posting my Architectural Photography Portfolio now?
As a reminder, I submitted 40 images to the BIPP to support my application for Associateship Membership, which was successful.
My interior photography
I really enjoy photographing the interiors of buildings and have been very fortunate to photograph some very special buildings for architects and property owners.
There is something about photographing a lovely room in a classic English Country house which I just love. And processing the images is a joy too.
And my recent work gave me plenty of interior photographs to chose from.
My evolution as a photographer
I will write a full post about my evolution over the 7 years that it has taken to create the images which constitute my professional architectural photography portfolio. I will do this after I have posted and written about all the 40 images on my photography blog.
Back to the interiors
For now, I want to focus on the interior images, and give a few thoughts on some of these 20 images.
The first image in my portfolio was captured in 2011.
This was a bit of a landmark image for me. I was commissioned by the architect Andrew Stone to photograph a private library which he designed and oversaw the construction of. The library was an extension to a stunning Dorset country residence.
This shoot, and the set of images that I produced, really got me wanting to do more of this kind of photography work. This was the beginning of me starting to find my way. The beginning of starting.
And this photo was taken with my Canon 5D, still a great camera even now. Don’t forget that if you want a full frame DLSR but are on a budget.
And the wine rack
We were waling down one of those lovely streets in Lucca, and I spotted this fantastic wall to wall wine rack, so I walked in, took the photo and walked out!
This was another photo taken with my Canon 5D.
And this picture was the beginning of another thought about a way I could go forward commercially with my photography.
And this is the only personal shot in this collection of 20 interior photography images – all the rest are paid commercial work.
Photo of a luxury kitchen in Sandbanks
Well when I say paid commercial work the next image should have been, but things did not work out as planned. I met the agent at this stunning waterside property in Sandbanks in Poole, took a few test shots, discussed the brief then it all went pear shaped.
This photo was taken in 2014, using my recently purchased Canon 6D. I replaced the 5D with the 6D after a problem caused entirely by me with the Canon 5D.
The next two images were taken for the architects Kendall Kingscott.
This is a rest area at the University of Southampton. I was photographing two entirely refurbished floors of one of the University’s buildings in Southampton City Centre – this was my favourite shot. I find shots of small parts of a large space are often more interesting than the big open plan wide shots that everyone wants, and indeed needs.
And now for the brightest classroom in Poole!
And this is a photo is of a new classroom at a school in Poole, constructed for the client, the Borough of Poole.
I wanted to capture that big bright sun in a shot, which took two return visits to achieve – one of the problems of photographing recently constructed buildings which are rapidly handed back and turned into use within days of completion.
Thankfully I am used to this.
And the rest of the images in my interior set
The rest of the images in the interiors half of my photography portfolio are taken from a single commission for the architects Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited. When I first met Adrian and Mike they did not have a website, so they commissioned me to photograph 10 of their projects for them. In the end it was 11 projects – there was a late addition early in 2018.
Again, this commission gave me access to some fantastic, special buildings. I cannot say any more about the properties, as client confidentiality is very important to me, but the images hopefully speak for themselves.
I won’t include all the images in this post – there are in my daily blog posts. You can also view all the images on my portfolio page – insert link
My professional photography qualification - ABIPP
Tomorrow I will be back to my architectural photography posts. I have said it before but I will say it again – I am tremendously proud to have achieved the designation of Associateship in the British Institute of Professional Photography – this is why I am posting my portfolio set in celebration.
I qualified as a Licentiate Member in 2014, and deferred my application for Associateship last year as I was not happy with the set of images.
Why I submitted my application to the BIPP for Associateship when I did
It was when I set the targets for my photography business for 2018 that I decided to pursue my application again. I cunningly set myself the target of achieving my ABIPP in 2018. That worked, giving me the metaphorical kick up the you know what that I clearly needed.
Well this and the fact that I had lots more images to a much higher standard that I was much happier with.
So that is what I did. Goal achieved – ABIPP. Insert logo to the right
ABIPP is defined by the BIPP as
Yep – that is me now. How utterly excellent.
OK I will shut up now and tomorrow it is back to the portfolio for another 15 days.
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This was a chance shot. See the white reflection in the glazed units? That was what I was photographing - the recladding of some huge tower blocks in Portsmouth City Centre.
I had my Canon 6D set up on my Manfrotto tripod, and was waiting for the sun to appear. I literally walked round the corner to see what was happening with the weather, and saw this funky modern building which I did not know existed!
I took my camera off my tripod and grabbed two shots of this building before the sun started to emerge from the clouds and I had to get back to work.
The photo shoot I was working on was for Rockwool by the way.
This chance shot made it into my portfolio!
Rick McEvoy Photography - Architecture Photography in Portsmouth
I was commissioned by the render manufacturer and installer KRend to photograph their products used on these stunning new houses in Poole.
The KRend is all the white stuff you can see in this photo. Very clean, sharp and modern.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Construction Product Photographer in Dorset
This picture was part of an interesting commission photographing Travelodge Hotels in Hampshire!
I had to photograph 6 hotels by a pretty stiff deadline, and of course the main issue was the unpredictable weather!
This picture of the Southampton Central Travelodge was one of those types of photos I had always wanted to take, and I love the effect!
Rick McEvoy Photography - Hotel Photographer
I have photographed a number of buildings at Poundbury for a number of clients.
This photograph was part of a commission for John Simpson Architects, who designed some of the buildings on this intriguing urban development on the outskirts of Dorset.
I had to photograph a number of buildings over the course of a day, working through drawings showing the views required.
All I had to do was get to each viewpoint at the right time light wise and take the photos.
Thankfully I can read drawings so not a problem.
It was a long but very enjoyable day!
I could literally spend days photographing the buildings at Poundbury without running out of either enthusiasm or new things to photograph!
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Poundbury Photographer
This is one of my favourite locations to photograph in Dorset - Chideock Catholic Church. I was commissioned by the architect, Andrew Stone, to photograph the new roof to this lovely traditional catholic church.
This is the view from the pirvate side of the church. I wanted to include the lovely grounds in the foreground, which you can see in this photo.
This was taken with my Canon 5d Mk1 - I have been going on about the validity of older cameras for a while now, and this image is a case in point.
Check out this article on Improve Photography - Full frame DSLR photography without breaking the bank – this is how I do it
No-one has looked at this image and turned away in disgust because it was taken on a 12 megapixel camera released in 2005!
Rick McEvoy - Architectural Photography in Dorset
Yes, a semi-circular staircase in a house!
Interior photography by Rick McEvoy ABIPP
Today on the Improve Photography website you can read all about 10 photography things I wish I’d known 10 years ago.
This was an enjoyable look back to 2007 when I started getting serious about my photography, and started the long transition from amateur to professional photographer.
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Finally a place used by the public that I can write about! Sopley Mill is a wonderful wedding venue in Dorset, where you can hire out the entire building and grounds.
The refurbishment was managed by Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited, and I was commissioned by them to photograph the interior, exterior and grounds for their new website.
This particular shoot took place over a number of visits, culminating with the interior shoot as the building was being prepared for a wedding!
I met the photographer who was booked to photograph the wedding the next day, which convinced that I was right to make the decision a long time ago to not photograph weddings!
This is the lovely bar on the ground floor, with a great mix of natural and artificial light.
Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Wedding Venue Photographer in Dorset
Another interior photograph taken for the architect Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited.
A wonderful new space created in this barn conversion, with a living and dining room and separate kitchen on the ground floor.
The exposed beams and a wall of light made this a fascinating space for me to photograph.