It's called the blue hour for a reason. And I love this time of day. Just look at that lovely natural blue light, which perfectly offsets the lights shining out from the mill.
This was the effect I was after, and also what my client, Etchingham Morris Architecture Limited, requested.
You never know what you are going to end up doing on a shoot. On ths one I had to go round the enire mill and make sure all the lights were on, which was a challenge considering that people were setting up for a wedding the next day. Once they had finished in a room the good folks would turn the lights off - meaning I had to leg it back up there and turn them on again!
And I had to wait for people going in and out of the building with all the stuff needed for a wedding!
But these are just things that we photographers have to contend with - all part of the job.
Sopley Mill is a wedding venue in Dorset - and this is as close as I want to get to wedding photography!
A bit about the image capture.
The first exposure was 0.3 second, F8, ISO400. The second image, the two stop underexposed image, was captured using a shuttter speed of 1/13th second. The third, two stop overexposed image, was captured using a shutter speed of 1.3 seconds.
This is called HDR bracketing, and I do this to capture a wider dynamic range than I can in a single image capture.
Basically I get more of the lights and more of the darks.
Once you have got your head round this it is great to use, and now that Lightroom is much better merging the files together in Lightroom is really slick.
Here are the other things that you might want to know about this shot
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - Canon 17-40mm lens
19mm focal length used
Taken at 4.55pm one November day