My Photography Portfolio - my initial thoughts on the images selected so far

I was working on my Photography Portfolio. Then I stopped working on it. Now I am back on it!

I have had to go back through my old blog posts to work out where I was up to! I should have kept on whilst this was fresh in my mind – now I am going to concentrate on my Portfolio until it is sorted. When I say concentrate I mean I am going to spend any spare time outside of day to day work stuff doing this.

So where was I up to?

I have edited four images for my photography portfolio.

And here they are

1 – Horndean Technology Centre, Hampshire (previous blog post 18th April refers).

Horndean Technology Centre Refurbishment for Hampshire County Council - Construction Photography by Rick McEvoy

Horndean Technology Centre Refurbishment for Hampshire County Council - Construction Photography by Rick McEvoy

2 - Winchester School of Art (April 25th blog post).

Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southampton - Architectrual Photography by Rick McEvoy

Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southampton - Architectrual Photography by Rick McEvoy

3 – Hamworthy Park Junior School (April 26th blog post).

Extension to Hamworthy Park Junior School, Poole, Dorset - architecture photography by Rick McEvoy

Extension to Hamworthy Park Junior School, Poole, Dorset - architecture photography by Rick McEvoy

4 - Private housing development, Poole, Dorset (blog post 5th may 2016).

Private housing development, poole, Dorset - construction product photography by Rick McEvoy

Private housing development, poole, Dorset - construction product photography by Rick McEvoy

The next image in the set was this picture of St Anns Hospital, Poole, Dorset

St Anns Hospital, Poole, by Rick McEvoy Construction Photographer in Dorset

St Anns Hospital, Poole, by Rick McEvoy Construction Photographer in Dorset

This image has been taken out of my Portfolio. Not as good as the previous four. Doesn’t stop me having a play with a black and white version though!!

I know and I said I was going to stay focussed. I will post the black and white version of this image separately.

I couldn’t submit a black and white architectural portfolio could I?

Four images for my portfolio. 26 to go, but now I have a clear vision of what I am going to include this will not take me 24 more days (surely not).

I will endeavour to produce the images as quickly as time permits, but first I need to spend time assembling the collection of images. I have a pretty good idea of the content, I just have to go through some more recent work to see if I have any new work good enough to be added to the collection.

Thank you for reading this blog post – tomorrow I will be putting down my thoughts on the next 24 images for my set of 30, and how they fit together, before polishing off the images in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Rick McEvoy Photography

22nd July 2016

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Hamworthy Park Junior School - Architectural Photography Image 3 for my new Photography Portfolio

Image number 3 in my Commercial photography Portfolio. More architectural photography - Hamworthy Park Junior School, Poole, Dorset.

Hamworthy Park Junior School, by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer in Dorset

Hamworthy Park Junior School, by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer in Dorset

 

This image was taken in February 2016 of the recently completed extension to Hamworthy Park Junior School in Poole, Dorset.

Client for this project was the Borough of Poole, the contractor was Midas Construction, and the architect who commissioned the photography Kendall Kingscott.

This was one of the last shots taken on the day of the shoot, in blue hour, that magical hour after the sun has gone before darkness descends. In Poole in February this is 6pm.

I had to wait for all the little people to leave the school, and was working my way around this fantastic extension to the school.

I was after exactly what you see – there is still some colour in the sky, you can still see the features outside of the school, but clearly you can see in as all the lights are on, giving the total visual range of the scene.

I had envisioned this outcome at the beginning.

This shot was taken from my large stepladders, using my Manfrotto Magic Arm clamped onto the top.

Exposures were 2.5 seconds, 0.8 seconds and 10 seconds (or the two stop over exposed shot), auto-bracketed in AV Mode on my Canon DSLR.

All taken at F8, ISO 100, Canon 6D with 17-40mm F4L Lens set at 17mm.

10 seconds on a pair of stepladders is pretty good I have to say. I could have pushed the ISO but having practised with this set up I knew it wold be fine. Had I not practised who knows?

But to get such a clean, sharp shot under such circumstances is an achievement (even if I do say so myself!).

I knew I could get a sharp shot even with such long exposures so could keep the ISO down as low as possible, at 100, to get the best quality possible. One of the things I have learnt to do in such circumstances is to stand on the bottom step of the step ladders and breathe very slowly! I must look quite ridiculous but all these little things added together help me to get great results like this.

Processing of this shot was tricky. The shape was quite complex, and there are contrasting lights and darks in the scene, as well as through coloured render with a subtle shade of green. As I was taking photographs for the architect everything has to be correct of course! And that is one of the many challenges of architectural photography – getting everything just as is it.

You can see some more of my, to be honest, rather outdated architectural photographer work at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/architectural-photogrpaher. Go over there soon before I update the pages with all my stunning new architectural photography work.

Tomorrow I will post the three RAW images I took, along with the initial edit issued to the client, so you can see the progression from capture to portfolio, which is quite a lengthy process.

But I will repeat myself, the client issue version took quite some time to edit, but the portfolio shot had even more care and attention to get to this polished result. This is a level of editing that I will not be repeating for this shot (hopefully), but the edited image will be used in the promotion of me and my architectural photography for some time to come.

And once I have a completed Portfolio I can sit back for a while and work on swapping images as and when something of a portfolio standard appears.

Whilst I will be updating my gallery pages on a regular basis I will not be going through a wholesale renewal of my commercial photography portfolio for quite some time, hopefully years. This is why I am investing the time in myself now for the future.

I already know what my next learning steps will be, and also have a very exciting shoot coming up very soon which I have been waiting a long time for. Unfortunately I will not be able to publish any of this work for months due to client confidentiality and the sensitivity of the subject I am shooting.

Thanks for reading this post, and please call back to my blog tomorrow at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog to view the images mentioned above.