How many versions of one image are enough? Lots I say – why not play around with an image and see what you come up with?

Why not indeed?

My image of the week for this week was this picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni in Pisa. A magnificent structure.

Picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer

Picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer

You know, the one that I came across when I was looking for something else.

That is the benefit of not having the perfect Lightroom Catalogue – there are always surprises in there. Seriously I wish my Lightroom Catalogue was more organised but it isn’t.

Going back to this image. Here is a different version of the image where I have increased the exposure by 2 stops.

Well why not? I fancied a break from the intense stuff I am working on at the moment.

Brighter version of the picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa

Brighter version of the picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa

Don’t tell anyone but I enjoy editing architectural photography images. Even more so when it is just experimenting, playing around in Photoshop and Lightroom.

When I am trying to collate a set of 12 images for my architectural photographer page that is fine, but has deadlines attached so is not as much fun.

Time to play with my photos is fun to me.

The original edit was quite dark, with deep rich colours. Next In this post is a black and white version using Snapseed (which I am using until I find a replacement for Nik Silver Efex Pro).

Black and white picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa

Black and white picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa

And then I did an alternative edit. I was looking at the first edit and thought about going completely the other way.

I made a virtual copy in Lightroom then I played around, adding some Dehaze, Clarity and increasing the exposure. Finally I upped the whites and went to the left with the blacks slider to give something completely different.

And then I went for a crop of the original image – a tight square crop. And this is my favourite version of this image.

Crop of the Picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer 

Crop of the Picture of the Battistero di San Giovanni In Pisa by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer 

Next was a black and white version of the last image.

Black and white architectural photography by Rick McEvoy

Black and white architectural photography by Rick McEvoy

A quick word about Snapseed. I quite like it. I open an image in it, scroll down to the black and white filter, select that, then choose between Neutral, Contrast, Bright, Dark, Film and Darken Sky options. Sure you can do more but that is enough for me., and has given me some pretty good results.

Back to the image. And the point of this post.

Experiment. 

Try new things. 

Enjoy yourself. 

I will no doubt produce some other variants on this image over the coming week, but this is food for thought for now?

Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP

Architectural photographer 

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, London. Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, West Sussex, Wiltshire

St Anns Hospital, Poole, Doset - Black and White architectural photography

Full Spectrum

Green Filter

St Ann's Hospital, Poole, Dorset - black and white architectural photography

St Ann's Hospital, Poole, Dorset - black and white architectural photography

Technical hitch on my blog today. My 11 am post is missing.

Not a clue what happened to it. So here is a black and white architectural photography image that is in my draft blog folder to be posted. 

This image is one of my portfolio rejects, high works quite well in black and white. 

Noram sserice to be resumed tomorrow. 

Rick McEvoy Photography

Monday 25th July 2016

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

 

The Shard, London - black and white architectural photography

The Shard, London by Rick McEvoy architectural photographer  

The Shard, London by Rick McEvoy architectural photographer  

Now where was I. Oh yes, I had a technical hitch this morning which I wrote about earlier. 

Corrupt Lightroom meaning I had to reinstall Lightroom so had no access to my images. Yes this really is a daily blog!! 

So quickly I did the following to this picture of the Shard in London. 

Preset - "Fine Art High Key Framed"

Then I removed the frame.

Next a red colour filter 

Brightness -30%

Vignette lens fall off 2

And that was it. 

Here is the colour version that I worked from.

The Shard by Rick McEvoy London photographer

The Shard by Rick McEvoy London photographer

And this is the RAW image.

The Shard by architecture photographer Rick McEvoy

The Shard by architecture photographer Rick McEvoy

Yes the plane was actually there. I have not added it. It was just a case of waiting. To be honest I was stood looking up at the enormous face of the building when a plane flew over. Not long after another did. So I didn’t have to wait too long. And I can’t claim planning – I just happened to be there when the plane flew over!

I did photograph the Shard from all angles a couple of times, in the morning and the afternoon, benefitting from the variations in direction of light and the clouds.

I am not sure about this black and white image. I am not sure if it is interesting enough for me, so I am going to hold that thought and spend more time on the next image, which is going to be Tower Bridge in London. As I said before I am staying with my London images.

And thinking about the black and white conversion I am going to revisit some of my edits in Nik Silver Efex Pro and see how they compare to a quick Lightroom black and white conversion.

I am liking the pre-sets in Silver Efex Pro, but find that doing anything more is adding not that much to some of the images. I end up trying everything and ending up leaving lots of the sliders as they are. That is why practise with software like this is so important – you need to learn what all the sliders and other things do and play with them to find out what you want to get out of software.

And lets not forget a portfolio image will have more time spent on it than an image edited for say a blog post.

So who knows what will be appearing on my blog tomorrow, so make sure you pop back to www.rickmcevoyphotography. co.uk/blog to find out what I have come up with!

Rick McEvoy Photography 

Rick McEvoy Photography Image of the week - Friday 8th July 2016 - Dorchester Fire Station and DFRS HQ

Black and white picture of the Dorchester Fire Station and HQ Building

Black and white picture of the Dorchester Fire Station and HQ Building

My image of the week for this week is from my black and white architectural photography collection which I have been working on most of the week.

This is image number 6 – a picture of the Dorchester Fire Station and HQ Building located in Poundbury on the western boundary of Dorchester, Dorset.

I like the depth, detail and contrast in this image a lot. 

You can read more about this image and my other black and white architectural photography work all week on my blog at  http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog this week and next week.

Black and white architectural photography image 2 - Winchester School of Arts.

Here is the final black and white edit of the picture of the front elevation of the Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southampton

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton  This is the final edit.

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

This is the final edit.

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

And this is the RAW file would you believe.  

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

Incredible what you can do with a base image looking like this! 

And yes I moved the bin! That was my big artistic decision in this shot.

Due to a technical issue I can't bring you the info about the processing in Nik Silver Efex software, so I will write a little about the image instead.

The single correctly exposed image is dull and flat and lifeless. The final edit is an HDR Merge of the two stop under exposed and two stop overexposed images captured on my Canon 6D using auto bracketing. I used my trusty Canon 17-40mm lens.

What a difference!!! 

Processing was carried initially in Lightroom, then the foreground cleaned up and the bin removed in Photoshop.

This image works really well. This shot is much more interesting than all the other shots I took, as I waited till the sun was going down which brought out the lights in the building whilst there was still some daylight to balance the scene. 

The bin and the bench make great foreground subjects, nicely introducing the main subject in the image, the new building.

More black and white architectural photography tomorrow on my blog at http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

Black and white architectural photography - image 1 - private housing development in Poole, Dorset

I need a break from the intense commercial photography work I have been doing recently. So I am going to treat myself to 5 posts all about black and white architectural photography. I do not know how many images I will produce but you will find out over the next five days.

I find it useful to give myself these tasks to work on a specific area of my photography work.

Architectural photography is my core photography work, and adding black and white processing using Nik Silver Efex Pro will give some variety to my architectural photography work.

This is not something that I have tried properly before, and the idea came about when Google made the Nik software free recently.

I need to come up with my own black and white style, and I am looking forward to this. I am going to work on some recent commercial architectural photography work, taking final client issued work and producing something new.

I am looking for a distinct, highly stylised look. The images have to sit well together, and I will be developing another new workflow specifically for black and white architectural photography. I will be able to offer this to new clients as an additional service, allowing me to give added value to my customers.

My aim is to have 12 new images which I will publish as well as on my blog on a new page on my website. Later on this year I am going to do the same with my interior photography work and my travel photography. And of course last but by no means least I will produce a set of black and white landscape photography images – and with this set I really will be going for it!!

Set yourself tasks to do something different – you might find it as rewarding as I do.

And here is tomorrow. Today I am going to start with this picture of 2 brand new private houses in Poole photographed for the architect, Kendall Kingscott. Well one of the two.

These fantastic new houses in Poole are exactly what I love photographing. The interiors had so many things in them of interest to me, and no doubt they will feature in my black and white interior photography collection. For my black and white architectural photography collection I am going to stick with images of building exteriors only.

Since I got Nik Silver Efex Pro I have been doing the odd black and white conversion, but every image I write about this week is going to be a new black and white conversion of a final edited image given to the client.

Part of this process id deciding how far I want to go with my image processing. The tries I had with Nik Silver Efex Pro were quick experiments. Now however I am going to edit rah image exactly as I want, so I will describe exactly what I do to each image, and how long it took me to produce the black and white conversion.

Oh yes before I forget, each post will also include the original RAW image with all processing stripped out of it, along with the final edit issued to the client.

I will not write much about the images themselves, just the black and white conversion process. At the end of the five day so happy to have 12 new black and white architectural photography images.

So onto the first image. As I said this is a photograph of a new private housing development in Poole, Dorset. The RAW image is at the bottom of this post, the client edit above it, and on the top is the black and white version.

Private housing development, Poole, Dorset

Private housing development, Poole, Dorset

The black and white conversion went like this. The pre-set I chose was Full contrast and structure. I went through all the presets and simply chose the one that gave the image the most impact, dynamism and content. 

I then further tweaked the pre-set with the following adjustments.

Dynamic brightness +50%

I played around with the other sliders and left them as they were. I did add a vignette – lens fall off 1 to very subtly darken the edges.

And that was it. 8 minutes of faffing about with sliders!!

Hit save and the image appears as a Tiff file next to the image you selected to have the conversion on.

Here is the final colour edit of the picture

image.jpg

And here is the RAW file straight our of camera.

image.jpg

As you can see an image evolves from the flat, RAW file into something completely different!

Black and white architectural photography - today and the next five days on my blog!

This is the shot processed a couple of years ago using Topaz Labs B&W Effects.

Picture of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh - by Rick McEvoy architectural photographer  

Picture of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh - by Rick McEvoy architectural photographer  

The next theme on my blog is going to be black and white architectural photography.

I edited this picture of the Royal Bank of Scotland using Topaz Labs black and white pug-in, B&W Effects.

I need a break from the intense commercial photography work I have been doing recently.

So I am going to treat myself to 5 days of blog posts all about black and white architectural photography.

I do not know how many images I will produce but you will find out over the next five days.

I find it useful to give myself these tasks to work on a specific area of my photography work.

Architectural photography is my core photography work, and adding black and white processing using Nik Silver Efex Pro will give some variety to my architectural photography work.

This is not something that I have tried properly before, and the idea came about when Google made the Nik software free recently.

I need to come up with my own black and white style, and I am looking forward to this. I am going to work on some recent commercial architectural photography work, taking final client issued work and producing something new.

I am looking for a distinct, highly stylised look. The images have to sit well together, and I will be developing another new workflow specifically for black and white architectural photography. I will be able to offer this to new clients as an additional service, allowing me to give added value to my customers.

My aim is to have 12 new images which I will publish as well as on my blog on a new page on my website. Later on this year I am going to do the same with my interior photography work and my travel photography.

And of course last but by no means least I will produce a set of black and white landscape photography images – and with this set I really will be going for it!!

Set yourself tasks to do something different – you might find it as rewarding as I do.

And so until tomorrow……

What can you read about in my photography blog in July

I hope you will enjoy my long blog post about how I manage my pictures in Lightroom.

I am going to (hopefully) write one post each month looking at one subject in depth. 

In July I am going to write in depth about stock photography. I am going to review my markets and plan the way forward. This is a logical next step now that I have all my image files securely backed up, and have a plan for how I manage my images.

Other things you will be reading about in July include the following. 

My. Commercial Photography Portfolio

I must finish my portfolio and submit the draft to to BIPP. 

Hampshire images

2 of the 12 images on my Hampshire photographer page are actually locations in West Sussex. So I need to choose two more pictures of Hampshire to replace these images., and of course update that page on my website.

 Apart from that and my work that I still have to do I am going to spend some quality time on the following

Black and white architectural photography  

Black and white architectural photography 

Black and white property photography  

Black and white construction photography

This black and white phase has been inspired by my playing with the recently free to own Nik software, specifically Silver Efex Pro.

I want to apply black and white processing to my commercial photography work, and see what results I end up with.

And finally......

A post from 1 year ago.

Not decided which one yet but every month I am going to look back a year and review a post, updating the post accordingly.

That is July 2016 sorted. There will be the odd new image thrown in as and when as well.

And the odd bit of photo news. 

I hope that you enjoy the variety of photography posts on July, and I would love to get more feedback on anything related 

Please let me know via my website at http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/