Rick McEvoy Photography - my business in one page.

I have been reviewing the content of my home page, what is says, and the messages it gives out. And, more importantly, what people visiting my website think.

My tagline?

High quality architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography by Rick McEvoy LBIPP.

I need to focus more on what I specialise in, which is;

High quality architectural photography

High quality commercial photography

High quality industrial photography

And what do I photograph?

Building exteriors and interiors, construction sites, refurbishment projects, commercial spaces, completed developments, construction products.

So that is basically buildings.

Buildings in the public and private sectors. Commercial, retail, industrial, residential, and education premises, as well as plant, utilities and infrastructure.

One thing that makes me different from most photographers (I would imagine) is my experience working from heights, access platforms, scaffolds, boats, confined spaces and other controlled environments.

And I am offering a new aerial photography service using a drone.

And who are my target clients?

Architects, builders, developers, consultants, designers, agents, property owners and house holders in both the public and private sectors.

So that is who I work for, my specific target market, the environment where I excel photographically.

So why should someone use me as their professional photographer?

Well it’s nice of you to ask.

I provide a personal, bespoke, high quality, efficient professional service to each and every client. I combine technical photographic excellence and creative composition with expertise in Lightroom and Photoshop to provide high quality, individually edited images.

The combination of these skills along with the use of the latest techniques and technologies and my industry experience ensure that you receive a high quality, hassle free experience.

That is me, my photography, what I do, who I work for, who I want to work for and what I am best at doing.

In one page.

Which was not as easy as I thought to capture.

So there you have it. That’s it. All about me!

Thanks for reading this post, please come back to my blog tomorrow for a post which will have a brand new image I promise at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

Oh yes sorry I forgot to say where I do all this good stuff.

Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset and Hampshire are my primary locations, but I also work from time to time in, and am looking forward to working more in the future in, Cornwall, Devon, Surrey and Wiltshire.

And London.

That last Dorset image transformed in Lightroom to something completely different!

Black and white version of the shot posted yesterday

Black and white version of the shot posted yesterday

Ok so this is a different version of the shot I posted yesterday. 

Completely different! 

And it took 5 minutes in Lightroom. 5 minutes ish....

So how did I transform this image from a golden early morning picture of Dorset into this misty graphic black and white shot? 

This is what I did. 

Convert to black and white. 

Boost contrast.

Set black point.

Set white point. 

Global dehaze adjustment. 

Local dehaze adjustments using the brush tool. 

A bit of dodging and burning. 

And that is all. 

5 minutes to produce a completely different shot. 

So the question is - is this ok? After all I am hardly representing what was there. But this is fine to me.  I have created something in Lightroom. To me that is as creative as any other work that is done in Photoshop. It is a lie with no clear boundary. I think it becomes an issue when you try to claim something which it is not.

I would not do this for commercial work without telling the client. Or unless I was asked to do this. 

As long as everyone is open and. Honest about the editing that they do then that is fair enough for me. All images used commercially have been edited to some degree. Photo-journalism the least, all the way to composite shots where different parts of images are merged together to create an alternative reality. And where is the line? That is the question. 

Just enjoy creating. Creative photography is a wonderful thing. Do what you want and enjoy it. 

Thanks for reading this post and make sure you call back tomorrow for something completely different on my blog at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

I am an architectural photographer based in Dorset also working in Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire, Surrey, WIltshire and from time to time London.

Check out my home page at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

where you can find out all about me and see lots of my photographic work and pictures of Dorset

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.

Check out my website at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

and my next blog post at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

where you can find out more about my photographic world and catch up on my latest news.

And also you can find out how to contact me.

Shipwreck, Cyprus - dramatically lit shot of a modern day wreck

Today's post is a great shot of a  modern day shipwreck I discovered off the coast of Cyprus recently.

Quite a dramatic site and I had to of course stop for a shot or 30. This is one of my favourites, although there is another view where the sky was much better, but I like the composition of this shot.

Taken on my Canon 6D with 17-40mm F4L Lens (of course - you are probably boredof hearing  me say that!)

All processing was done in Lightroom. Another 2 shot HDR Merge with adjustments mainly in the correction panel plus dodging and burning.

I have reverted to taking a bracketed set of 3, having experimented with sets of 5 (a change you do on the 6D in the custom settings).  The reason is that I really do not need 5 images the way the HDR Merge feature in Lightroom works, so this means less data and less memory taken up. I have written about this on a previous blog post, where I showed the comparison between a single image and 2, 4 and 5 exposure bracketed sets. Basically 2 stops under and 2 stops over works best!

I like shooting large ships, not normally wrecks, which make fascinating subjects for industrial photographers. The scale of these large vessels can be staggering. 

Thanks for reading this post - please visit my website at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

where you can find out all about my photography. 

#shipwreck

#Cyprus

#industrial photographers

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbank

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#Cornwall

#London

 

 

Chideock Church Dome, Dorset - one of my favourite interior shots if the stunning English Church Done

Chideock Church Dome by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer  

Chideock Church Dome by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer  

The new dome at Chideock Church, Dorset, photographed for Andrew Stone Architect.

Stunning. I absolutely loved this shoot. 

I will let the image do the talking for once... 

Check out my website for lots more about me and my photography at

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

I am an architectural photographer and interior photographer working in Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Cornwall, London.

Check out my daily photography blog at

 

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

Where you will hopefully find my sometimes interesting photography musings! 

#interior photographer

#architectural photographer  

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#Cornwall

#London

More great Architectural Photography - Duomo, Florence, Italy

Duomo, Florence, Italy, by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer  

Duomo, Florence, Italy, by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer  

A slightly different view of Duomo, Florence, Italy. A magnificent structure.

Check out my website for more architectural photography at  

 http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

 

#Architectural photographer  

#architectural photography

#bournemouth

#poole

#sandbanks

#dorset

#hampshire

#surrey

#wiltshire

#cornwall

#london

 

Poole Lifting Bridge - Industrial Photographer close up shot

Poole Lifting Bridge

Poole Lifting Bridge

There are two lifting bridges in Poole, Dorset.

The Twin Sails Bridge, opened in 2012

And the old lifting Bridge, officially called the

Poole Bridge or Poole Lifting Bridge

opened in 1927. There have been bridges at this location since 1834.

The Twin Sails Bridge is the sleek new, glamorous cousin of the Poole Lifting Bridge, which is a much more functional bridge.

One cloudy day in December whilst looking for a sunrise that was not happening I decided to explore the old liftingbridge a bit more, and looked at the massive cogs on which the bridge lifts. None of your fancy hydraulics here.

This shot is of one of them.

Industrial photography is not just about big grand images showing the magnificent splendour of a structure – it is also about the details, the components, the bits that are an integral part of the structure and operation of the whole.

This shot was handheld, as I wanted to get in close, and is a single image from a bracketed sequence of five images. The HDR just did not work, so this is a single image edited in Lightroom.

Shot details – 1/6th second, F8, ISO 400, 17-40mm F4L Lens at 21mm.

I like this shot as it shows the detail in the cog – you can see the grease on the teeth – it is all about the large cog and that takes centre stage.

Touching on what I said yesterday, from all the images taken of the bridge I have kept two. The other one I will edit, just not got round to it.

Just two images out of 20, all 5 sequence brackets, 100 images in total, each 10-15 MB – it all stacks up storage wise!!

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

Thanks for reading this post, and I hope you like the new image of Poole Bridge.

Please visit my website at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Where you can find out more about me and my industrial photographer work in Bournemouth, Pole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire. London and now Cornwall

#industrial photographer

#industrial photography

#industrial photographers

#Poole Twin Sails Bridge

#Poole Lifting Bridge

#Poole Bridge

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#London

#Cornwall

 

 

 

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

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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.

Thanks for reading this post, and I hope you enjoyed the new image posted.

Please visit my website at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

Where you can find out more about me and my industrial photography work in Bournemouth, Pole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire. London and now Cornwall

#industrial photography

#architectural photography

#interior design photography.

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#Wiltshire

#London

#Cornwall

#Martell

#Cognac

#France

 

Photography Podcasts - What I Listen To

So podcasts are an excellent way of learning more about photography. Especially if you spend a lot of time in the car like me. I have tried all the photography podcasts I can find, and these are my favourites at the moment, in no particular order.

The Grid

Scott Kelby and RC and others.  usually over an hour, weekly, excellent information, website critiques, portfolio critiques, news, features, interviews. Overall excellent.

 http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/

Full Time Photographer - Josh Rossi.

Now down to a once a week interview, usually 20-30 minutes with a well known photographer. Again an excellent podcast producing absolute gems of information.

 http://fulltimephotographer.com

This Week in Photo

Or TWIP for short. Hosted by Frederick van Johnson, this a weekly discussion with other photographers about photography news. Another great Podcast. 

 http://thisweekinphoto.com

Improve Photography

Another weekly Podcast, hosted by Jim Harmer and well worth a listen.  a variety of subjects are covered, with lots of gear and photography nerdery going on!!

 http://improvephotography.com

RAW Talk

The inimitable Jared Polin- FroKnowsPhoto - hosts this often hilarious weekly podcast. Usually an hour and a half of news interviews and some mayhem. 

http://froknowsphoto.com

There are other photography podcasts, but these are my current favourites.

These are not all audio podcasts, but I listen to them predominantly when driving, making excellent use of potentially wasted time in the car.

It is very important to me to keep up to date with new photography techniques, processes, gear and thinking, and these podcasts have been excellent in helping my ongoing professional photography development - a never ending process!! 

Thanks for reading this post, and look out for a new post soon. 

You can find out all about me and my photography at my website at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

#photographer #Dorset #Hampshire #Surrey #Wiltshire #London

 

 

 

 

 

CIOB Art of Building Competition - My entry

Refurbishment, Portsmouth

Metal cladding

Building Interior

The one that didnt make it

Entries are now closed for the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) annual Art of Building photography competition

You can find out all about this competition at

http://www.artofbuilding.org/

So why did I enter these three images?

Well I am a member of the CIOB.

And refurbishment is not as glamorous as funky new builds.

So I decided to submit some images which reflect this vital area of construction, the refurbishment sector.

All three images were taken from a commercial shoot in Portsmouth, Hampshire, where a major refurbishment is under way.

I wanted the first image to show the scale of refurbishment, and this panoramic shot shows the overall scale of the buiilding being worked on, plus an amount of the intial works.

The second shot is a construction detail close up, showing the Metsec being fitted to the existing rendered panels. THis metal sub-frame will have insulation then external cladding applied to it, and contains the new windows.

The third image is to be honest my favourite.

The internal, before shot. This sums up construction for me - this is the human side of refurbishment, and the need to do it.

Image 4 didn't make it......

So not the most glamorous of entires, but I am happy with my selection of images and the reasons why I submitted them.

So keep an eye out to see what happens!

I am a constrution photographer based in Dorset covering Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and London.

Check out my website at www.rick.mcevoyphotography.co.uk to find out all about my construction photography work.

#construction pgotographer

#construction photography

#bournemouth

#poole

#sandbanks

#dorset

#hampshire

#surrey

#london

Different views of the same shot - Property Photographer Rick McEvoy Explains

Check out these five images below.

This is the RAW straight out of the camera shot of the Shard in London

This is the RAW straight out of the camera shot of the Shard in London

This is a 1 minute edit in Lightroom. Actually 1 minute. Honest.

This is a 1 minute edit in Lightroom. Actually 1 minute. Honest.

This one I spent some time on in Lightroom to get the dramatic effect I was after

This one I spent some time on in Lightroom to get the dramatic effect I was after

Cropping, change of orientation and a different style of editing in Lightroom.

Cropping, change of orientation and a different style of editing in Lightroom.

Tighter cropping and editing in Lightroom produce a completely different image

Tighter cropping and editing in Lightroom produce a completely different image

So one shot. 5 different pictures.

Which I think is pretty cool.

Obviously a great subject helps, and the Shard is certainly that. #TheShard

So one shot can produce a vareity of results.

The other thing that this shows is just how much you can do in Lightroom, and quickly too. The one minute edit I am happy to publish on the web as my own work. With more time I would certainly be able to improve the finished image, depending on what I wanted to get out of the process.

You have to remember here of course that I have been using Lightroom since it first came out, Version 1 being relased in 2007, and I have spent lots of time since then practising with and learning the software, so am able to do a quick edit effectively. And every week I learn more and try more things.

For my commercial work however I am usually spending up to half an hour per image on the editing, which is obviously done with much more care and attention. My commercial work is processed using Lightroom and Photoshop.

One thing that I strive for on every shoot is consistency within an image set. They have to be just that - as set of images that all fit together.

Another valuable lesson for anyone interested in photography is to experiment.

Try new things.

In Lightroom you can create virtual copies and play with them.

You are losing nothing and have everything to gain.

Obviously time is a constraint here. But with experimentation comes a broadening of our knowledge and skill set. I love trying new things, some of which at some point I use in my commercial work. I use my landscape and travel photography as my workspace to develop creatively, artisitically and technically.

I am a property photographer based in Dorset. You can contact me via my website at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk.

My main areas of work are Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and London

#property photographer #Bournemouth #Poole #Sandbanks #Dorset #Hampshire #Surrey #London