This is a picture of a living room in a stylish new private housing development in Poole, Dorset. This is why I enjoy interior photography so much.
Obviously this picture taken from a low level. What you can't see is all the boxes that were lying around in this room. Photographing new houses is particularly traumatic for a photographer (I know it's not about me) as I never seem to get to that position where a house is finished fully before occupation.
So a shoot that should take me an hour takes a lot longer moving things, tidying, arranging, often cleaning areas before taking photos.
Empty rooms in new houses can be relatively uninteresting, especially before the furniture is in place. Photographing completed buildings for architects often requires the building to be photographed upon completion of the works and immediately before marketing or occupation, so what I am often presented with is empty spaces like this room.
I had to move all the boxes, which contained the blinds which had not yet been fitted. Another common problem is the soft fixtures and fittings often are not fitted as part of the construction works.
There were about 8 boxes of binds on the floor, which I had to move into the next room to give myself enough working space to get my tripod down to floor level.
For my interior photography work I try to take every image on my tripod.
For me it is the only way to ensure a correct composition, both in terms of the content of the image but also from a technical viewpoint, verticals being vertical and horizontals horizontal.
Yes the old cliche "get it right in camera" applies.
It might be a cliche but it is actually so important. By taking my time on the composition of the image I save time later in post processing. This image for example had a slight crop for aesthetic purposes, but needed no vertical correction as I had got this absolutely right in camera.
Back to the empty room.
The floor in the room was interesting, lovely hardwood floor boards which had recently been treated. And of course the big, big windows and that fantastic view of the garden.
The colour version of this image worked out to be a great shot of the space, and the black and white image you can we is the conversion of the client edit image using Nik Silver Efex Pro.
I can't remember what I did to this image in Nik - I have lost my notes (shoddy I know) - I have had a particularly busy time of it and although I wrote down what I was doing at the time I can't find the notes so all there is left to do is look at the image and ask if it works as a back and white image.
It does for me - what do you think?
RIck McEvoy Photography BLog
11th August 2016