This image was taken as part of a rush job for Travelodge. I had to photograph 6 hotels in a day. Well that was the plan. I ended up photographing them one by one around the dreadful British summer weather.
This Travelodge is located in the city centre in Southampton.
I think this hotel is called Travelodge Southampton Central. It is one of those times when you despair. There was a bus stop, well I say bus top, it was more a parking area for buses, right in front of the hotel. And yes you’ve guessed it – it was absolutely full of double decker buses. Dark blue buses at that.
I photographed the front of the building as this was part of the client brief, with buses, as I didn’t have a choice. And then I looked up and the light was hitting the façade as you can see in this image. There was blue sky, some white puffy clouds floating by – and I took this shot. The colour version worked really well, and I like this black and white version too.
I am writing about the image capture here as if I were to write about the processing in Nik Silver Efex Pro it wold read something like this.
Full Spectrum Preset.
Yes, that was it. Nothing else. One click to select the image, one to edit in Nik Silver Efex Pro, one more click just to get the image there, one click to select the preset, then one more click to save back to Lightroom.
And that a, literally, it. OK I did try the presets but that took seconds.
So an ultra-quick black and white conversion of this image.
Back to the shoot. One of the buses left, so I rushed out to get part of the front of the building. But none of the others did.
And to add to my woes the blue buses were very dominant when I was taking picture of the interior of the hotel, blocking the clear glazing to the tops of the windows in the bar and restaurant area.
I managed to get some good internal shots though by changing the angles, so all was well in the end.
When people think I just turn up, point the camera, click and I am done then this far from the case. I have had a couple of commercial photography jobs where it has seemed like it has worked that way but only a couple.
More modern construction tomorrow on my blog.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Tuesday 11th October 2016