Bordeaux Cathdral - a new architectural photography image on my home page

Bordeau Cathedral, France - more architectural photography by Rick McEvoy

Bordeau Cathedral, France - more architectural photography by Rick McEvoy

Bordeaux Cathdral - a new architectural photography image

It is time for a refresh on my home page. I like to regularly update the images and text to keep things fresh and relevant, and hopefully return visitors to my site enjoy seeing new work.

Today I have added to my home page one of my favourite architectural photography images from a trip to France last year. It is part of the inside of Bordeaux Cathedral. A vast, imposing, stunning, hugely impressive structure in the heart of this great French city. I love interior photography. Trying to do justice to the space constructed over years and years in one image is a tough challenge.

One of the problems I had with this shoot was the number of people. It was packed everywhere I turned. I did manage to get some other shots, with people in, partially blurred by me using a long exposure. But these images just weren’t doing it for me. I also learned a valuable lesson in this cathedral.

You can overdo shooting with a fisheye lens!

I use the fisheye lens for Google Maps Business View work, where you are providing a 360-degree virtual walkthrough.

And it is great to bring out on a shoot to get a different perspective.

And that is it. No more.

So this shot is one of the few inside the cathedral taken on my favourite 17-40mm F4 lens. 17 mm is wide enough for most situations. And if it is not I now take a pano sequence and stitch together later. (I have just done some great architectural photography work using this exact method).

I like this shot, principally of the huge pipes of the cathedral organ, framed by various elements of the structure, because it is sharp, crisp, clean and has lovely light and colours.

And no people.

To get this shot I had to use a high ISO – 3200, which gave me 1/80th second at F8 on my Canon 6D. Quite amazing really.

There is no visible noise.

I have not done any noise reduction, and sharpened as I normally would! Incredible what cameras can do these days.

My home page is my shop window, and I want it to always represent where I am now with my photography work.

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Logs, France - a different shot from the Acquitane Region of France

Logs, Aquitane, France, by landscape photographer Rick McEvoy

Logs, Aquitane, France, by landscape photographer Rick McEvoy

Logs, Aquitaine, France, by landscape photographer Rick McEvoy – work the scene to get great results

A different shot today. While walking through a forest in Aquitaine, France, I noticed these logs. They were of interest to me. This is the close up portrait shot.

Below is the shot I posted previously of the same pile of logs.


Another example of working the scene. Two different views, two striking and interesting images. Which is good as the forest was rather dull to be completely honest with you. And the weather wasn’t great.

“So why were you there shooting?” I hear you ask??? Dull location, dull weather. What were you thinking?

Fair point.

But it does go to prove that you can find images anywhere you go, you just have to look.

And be patient.

And when you find something of interest take your time. Have a good look around. And try new angles and viewpoints. That is how I get interesting new landscape photography images, and the challenge of finding new angles, views and scenes keeps my work fresh.

And I apply this technique to my commercial photography work all the time.

One of my favourite shooting positions at the moment is with my camera held on the ground, either resting on something or me lying down on my latest piece if camera kit - a £5 groundsheet (see my post about my 10 favourite bits of photography kit not bought in a camera store) for more info in this!

Yesterday I got a great shot which I will process shortly using this very technique, catching a fleeting moment of special directional light.

The log shot was taken on my Canon 6D, 17-40mm F4L Lens, hand held, nice and close. Processing all done in Lightroom – this was a nice quick edit where I wanted to bring out the colours and details, and that is about it. Nice and easy, which is a great antidote for my recent epic construction photography editing workload! By the way the new batch of images I have produced I cannot post for a little while yet, for client confidentiality reasons, but they will be on my site soon.


Thanks for reading this post. I am a landscape photographer working commercially in Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, (and in no particular order) Hampshire, Cornwall, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, London and France. And anywhere else. My landscape photography work compliments my commercial architectural photography work, and is my experimental space to develop my photographic skills.

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The rooftops of St Emillion, Frnace - a great architectural and travel shot.

The rooftops of St Emillion

The rooftops of St Emillion

 A lovely warm summers shot of the fooftops of St Emillion in France, taken from the bell tower of the Monolithic Church of St Emillion.

I have to be honest - I took far too many shots from the bell tower such were he fantastic views. 

So I have lots of sweeping vistas and endless rooftops, but instead chose this tighter shot, which I feel tells the story of the rooftops themselves. Just the odd patch if green to break up the colours in the wall Les and the roofs. No people in the shot, purely because if the angle of view. 

Ok there was one person in the shot but they got removed in Photoshop. 

A fiver for the reader who can tell me where the person was in the shot! 

This shot was taken at 1/1600 second at F8, ISO100 on my Canon 6D with 17-40mm lens. 

On this trip I took two lenses, the 17-40 and the 8-15mm F4L fisheye zoom lens. 

40mm was the longest focal length I was carrying. 

Whilst it made me think my ideal two lens combo is the 70-200F4L with the 17-40. That is my travel combo, and what I use most of the time. 

My 24-105mm F4 lens, for so long my go to lens, is virtually redundant. I have now put in my back 5D for when I need to change quickly, which is not often for my type and style of photography, which is much slower and more about careful and thoughtful composition these days. And on a tripod wherever possible.

Well I have digressed slightly off topic here, but hope you enjoyed this architectural photography image taken in St Emillion. 

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Corridor, Cognac, France - leading lines into the light black and white shot


This shot was taken at the Martell factory tour in Cognac, France.

The nice people at Martell were happy for us to photography whatever we wanted, I guess as the factory had relocated so it was literally a museum.

Another similar, but live working place did not allow photography for some reason.

I have been browsing images in my catalogue, as from time to time I have to purge the images to make the storage of all that data manageable.

And yes I have to actually delete images.

My rule of thumb these days is - do I want to edit the image? If so I keep it. If not, I delete it.

Harsh, but this is my workflow going forwards.

You have to make harsh choices with digital photography, or you will end up with an unmanageable amount of photos that you do not know what to do with.

Trust me – I know…

I have made this mistake and am now paying the price for it. Unlike me to digress…

Back to the photo.

So I was allowed to take photos, and managed to capture this shot with my Canon 6D, 8-15mm fish eye zoom, 1/100th of a second at F4, ISO 1600. Focal length used 8mm.

I have corrected the fish eye distortion in Lightroom. This is another two shot HDR merge in Lightroom – I love this as you get the maximum out of the images whilst looking natural and normal

I converted to a black and white even though the colours were interesting,

And finally I dodged and burned the extremes of the exposure to maximise the dynamic range.

I was pleased to be able to get this shot ok handheld, thankfully my 6D is fantastic in low light situations.

And the end image is what I wanted, showing the scale, depth and darkness of the old corridor from the original Martell factory back in the day.

I will write separately about my Canon 6D – such a great full frame camera for architectural photography and interior design photography.

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