A striking Dorset construction product photography shot is image number 4 in my Photography Portfolio - read about it in this post

So this morning portfolio image number 4 was finalised, and here it is.

Construction Product Photography Shoot by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer in Dorset

Construction Product Photography Shoot by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer in Dorset

 This was always the next image – I have not added that one I was talking about the other day – maybe tomorrow……

This shot is one taken for a construction product photography shoot at a new private housing development in Poole, Dorset.

The assignment was to photograph the render to these fantastic new homes in Poole, which was used for the boundary walls and the protruding middle floors of the rear of the development. The client was KRend, the manufacturer and installer.

This is a portfolio image. I have done a little more work on this from that produced by the client, but not much at all. Just a bit more tidying up and cleaning up bits here and there.

At the bottom (well after this paragraph) of this post is the original flat raw version (well I wouldn’t put this at the top now would I?). You can see in this image the things that have been removed, power lines, scars in the tarmac, debris, for sale sign – that sort of thing. But the buildings are the buildings, and the gardens are the gardens, so again I have done some polishing but this is what you actually see when you stand where I took this shot. Well the car might not be there, nestled in front of the garage. I could have removed the car, but the car was there – people have cars after all. I am not photographing sterile boxes of concrete – I am photographing people’s homes.

Construction Product Photography Shoot by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer in Dorset

Construction Product Photography Shoot by Rick McEvoy Architectural Photographer in Dorset

Three bracketed exposures taken in AV mode at F8, ISO400, 1/1000th, 1/4000 and 1/250th second.

Canon 6D, 17-40mm F4L Lens using a focal length of 20mm.

The image was captured handheld, at a not great time of the day for photography is has to be said!

I used a higher ISO as I was holding my camera above my head for some shots, not that I need to worry about that any more with my new funky photography equipment!

A few words on this image, and why it is in my portfolio.

My portfolio is about the work I do, the architectural photography, and in this case construction photography. My portfolio is my work. This is what you will get if you commission me to photograph your building.

I could fill my portfolio with lots of lovely pictures of Dorset and Hampshire images, but to what end?

No my portfolio is a business tool, showing my commercial photography work, and the level I am working at at the moment. I have my own style which I want to shine through my entire portfolio. So my portfolio might not consist of the most stunning landscapes, nationally known buildings and monuments or world famous sites in cites from around the planet.

My portfolio is real, local, commercial photography, taken by me and processed by me. 100% all my own work, and hopefully work that people locally can relate to and identify with.
Thanks for reading this post, and please call back to my blog tomorrow for another post and maybe image number 5 at www.rickmcevoyphotography.oc.uk/blog

 

Photography Insurance and Spare Equipment - two essential tools a professional photographer needs in his bag

A completely different subject for today's post. This is quite frankly a boring subject, but an important one for a professional photographer to be on top of.

Insurance.  Spare kit. Equipment redundancy. Backups. Contingency plans.

Why am I writing about this? Well recently I have two separate episodes of accidental damage, to two rather important bits of equipment. A professional photographer needs these things covered properly. Pun intended.

So what were they? What did I break?

Only my phone and my camera. 

I dropped my Canon EOS6D, with 24-105mm F4L lens attached, on some hard paving. The damage? 

Displaced sensor and lens that didn't work. Nothing serious then. 

I have a backup camera. A Canon 5D. I have spare lenses, with my 17-40 and 70-200 covering the most used focal lengths of the 24-105 lens.

So not exactly a crisis, but something that needed sorting. I could operate without either bit of kit, but to a limited degree. Basic image capture would be fine. I have taken shots with my 6D and 5D and put them side by side and could I tell the difference? Well yes I could, but no-one else could or did. 

Focal lengths are covered. 

So It is some of the more advanced features of the 6D that I missed. Mainly Wi-Fi control of my camera, and auto-bracketing.

And the look of the shots that the Canon 6D produces. I just love the look and feel of images. 

I have separate camera insurance. Up to date and fully itemised.  

My insurance is with Photoshield. I have equipment insurance, and as a professional photographer I need public liability insurance too. And having sent my camera and lens to Lehman’s, one of the few Canon authorised repair shops, I got a quote, same day approval by Photoshield, and my camera and lens back before I knew it. 

Sorted. 

Then my iPhone 6 Plus.

I had a screensaver on it from the day I bought it. But I got something on it, which I think was stuck to the inside of the case. Getting fed up with the splodge on the dead centre of my screen I took the screen protector off, and was going to get a replacement.

And in the time between taking the screen protector off and getting a new one you guessed it. 

I dropped the phone. Face down. On tarmac. 

And smashed the face. 

I took out insurance when I bought the phone from Carphone Warehouse, so this was covered. I had to pay an excess, but got pretty quickly a brand new replacement phone. 

How did I manage with a broken screen? 

Badly. I struggled. Remote control of my 6D with the shattered screen was challenging but I managed.

But I got by till I could get down to Carphone Warehouse and get my new phone. They even sorted out moving all my rubbish from the old phone to the new phone. 

So all is back to where it was. 

Get insurance. Get good insurance. It really is worth it. 

And if you are working as a professional photographer you need a spare everything.

Thank for reading this post about one of the least interesting but most important aspects of professional photography.

I am a professional photographer in Dorset specialising in architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography.

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.

New Dorset Photography Image set - how I came up with the set of 12 images

 

As part of my portfolio review I came up with sets of 10 images as well as my main body of commercial photography work.

These are mainly recent shots, and some re-edits of older shots.

I already have pages specifically for Bournemouth, Poole and Sandbanks, so my Dorset photography page is a collection of pictures of Dorset - images not in one of those three areas. Hope this makes sense?

You can access these other pages at 

Bournemouth photography

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/bournemouth-photographer

Poole photography

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/Poole-photographer

Sandbanks photography

 www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/sandbanks-photographer

But back to my new set of Dorset images.

Well firstly there are 12. Not 10. Why I hear you ask?

Well 10 does not work on my website. I have gone with a grid layout for the first time, so four rows of three is the order of the day here.

So I start with 10 images.

I ditched one shot of Corfe Castle that I no longer like. Thinking about it, what was it doing there anyway?

So down to 9 now. First replacement is the shop shot. I will write separately about these images over the next couple of weeks.

So two more images to find to make my set of 12 Dorset photos. Pop back to my blog tomorrow at

www.rickmcevoyphotogaphy.co.uk/blog

to find out which are the two additional images for my Dorset Photography web page.

Oh yes - before I go - sorry I forgot. 

Lightroom Collections. 

I will say it again. Collections in Lightroom are just the best thing to work with, and unlock Lightroom Mobile and all that goes with it. I did not get collections for a long time, but once you get into them and the mobile part of it you will learn to love them just like I have. So now my Lightroom Catalogue (I need to merge two catalogues back together so I have one complete catalogue again – a legacy from my hard drive problem) filing needs some attention. Another subject for a separate post – I currently have my filing in folders with some catalogues.

Also remember that storage in Collections is unlimited, and combine that with Smart Previews and you have a very powerful mobile package which syncs back and forth. 

Collections and Lightroom Mobile have literally transformed my mobile workflow. 

Rick McEvoy Photography Portfolio - where do I go from here?

Well I have learnt a lot. Having your worked critiqued by someone who really knows what they are talking about is so useful.

I was particularly pleased as some of the comments I sort of knew were coming, and I have a great direction to go in now.

So what next?

I have to remove some of the images from my portfolio. When I say portfolio, I have decided that I am going to have two portfolios.

I am going to have a commercial photography portfolio and a landscape photography portfolio. My commercial portfolio will be my building related work. My landscape photography portfolio will be called, Landscape Photography Portfolio. Snappy eh?

The point being that my website is focused on my commercial photography work, which in my case is;

  1. Architectural photography
  2. Building Photography
  3. Construction Photography
  4. Commercial Photography
  5. Industrial Photography
  6. Interior Photography
  7. Property Photography

I am also going to review the keywords above at the same time, to make sure I am making the most effective use of my work going forward. No point targeting areas of photography work that no one is looking for! And as this will be the basis of everything going forward a very worthwhile exercise. This exercise will identify if I need to change the structure of my website, and how I post to my blog and other social platforms. So yes time spent now will hopefully reap rewards in the future.

This is after all not an overnight thing – I am trying to build very solid business foundations for the future.

Back to the images. I need 30 images for my portfolio. (My Landscape Photography Portfolio will be done once this is completed).

And I have a few ideas for images that fit better in my portfolio, and I know for sure which ones are to be removed.

And as part of this selection process I will look afresh at each image for content and how the image was edited. There will be an amount of further work on each image, which I am going to do one image at a time.

That is something else I have learnt.

Do one thing at a time. Don’t try to do everything all the time, as you don’t get anywhere.

And each polished image I produce will provide fresh, quality content for my blog. And some of these images will go to my picture stock libraries and be available for commercial sale.

It takes a long time – well it too me a long time – to put everything together, but I now feel content that I have a plan going forward which gives me work to focus on in a structured way which provides benefits in various different directions.

Of course this development is as well as a full time days’ work but if it was easy everyone would do it!

There is some interesting stuff that I have to do, and some tedious stuff, but this time next year I hope to be writing from a completely different place with my photography business.

Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you enjoy reading about the creation of my new photography portfolio, which will culminate with a standalone portfolio page, and maybe even a separate portfolio website!

Pop back to my blog tomorrow at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

for the next update, and hopefully a new image. That should kick start the next stage of the process nicely for me.

Photography Portfolio Review –What I learned, and have I developed in the last two years?

Photography Portfolio Review –What I learned, and have I developed in the last two years?

So the question in my last post was – “how do I feel about the fact that only two images have made it from 2014 to 2016”

Yes. Please read on.

Well I am really pleased!

No really I am.

It means all the time I have spent on taking new images, and the processing of them, has resulted in my work improving.

Image capture

I have learnt a lot about composition. I have spent a lot of time looking at photographs by other photographers. Better photographers than me. And I have put my work up on 500 PX for other photographers to critique my work.

I have also listened to lots and lots and lots of podcasts on photography. Now listening might not sound like he best way to improve your understanding of composition, but from all I have heard I have picked up on a few key things which I have assimilated into my work. I have consumed every relevant class on Kelby One. I even spent a great day in London last summer listening to Scott Kelby. I read about photography all the time.

So one key point is - photograph interesting things.

Now I am working primarily in architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography.

Construction refurbishment. Building sites. Construction products. Property refurbishments.

That sort of thing.

No night shots of a barn illuminated by light painting with the milky way in the background (the current vogue image). No Taj Mahal, or the Grand Canyon.

Real, normal life subjects such as

  1. A school in Hampshire that has been reclad.
  2. An internal refurbishment in a University.
  3. New houses.
  4. Refurbished office spaces.
  5. Car parks.
  6. Render used in a construction project.
  7. Scaffolding.
  8. Lintols.
  9. Private libraries (for balance)

So my subject matter presents different challenges. Sure I could put up lots of photos of Durdle Door with that fantastic sky (might post that one tomorrow) but that is not the commercial side of my photography work.

I have to take these subjects I am working on and, whilst capturing them accurately and faithfully, make them as interesting and appealing as I can.

So my headline learning points of the last two years are

  1. Photograph interesting things
  2. Photograph interesting things in great light
  3. Photograph things even more creatively where the light is not great but I have to get the shot there and then
  4. Shoot in blue hour
  5. Replace the sky in Photoshop (one for me to work on) when the weather is rubbish and you have to do the shoot regardless
  6. Photograph the same view from different angle. Move to the left, to the right, up, down.
  7. Take less photographs.
  8. Work more slowly, In a more considered way.
  9. Think before shooting
  10. Edit the shoot better – be more brutal and narrow down to great compositions only.

Image processing

Cull more efficiently. The first edit is for the picks. From a shoot now I aim for 10 images. If a client has asked for more then great, not a problem. But 10 seems to be a good number. 10-20 images covers I would say 75% of my work.

My processing is good. I am on the edge, which is where I want to be, I want my work to be distinctive but natural. I want my final images to be different to everyone else’s.

On construction projects everyone takes lots of photos all the way through the process. I want mine to stand out. I want people to look at my images and know straight away that I took them. To say “wow look what Rick took this time”.

I want my style to be unique, distinct, recognisable.

And a consistent workflow has helped me progress this aspect of my work hugely.

From how I set up my camera, how I approach the subject matter, how I shoot, how I import, how I sort, how I process, and how I output the files.

I have written down my current workflow. This is how I produce consistently styled images. I work in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop in a very specific way. I use the Creative Cloud so I am always using the latest technology.

I have a workspace carefully designed to help me with this workflow.

Summary

I have worked very hard over the last two years.

My work is improving.

My photographic knowledge is improving.

My architectural photography is developing at a rate which I am delighted with.

My interior photography is also improving massively.

My landscape photography, and indeed my travel photography, my experimental areas, are moving me forward even quicker.

So yes I am happy with my progress.

The last two years have been great learning and development years for me. All in own time of course! All outside of the commitments of full-time working.

Which shows how much I enjoy this photography thing!!

Thank you for sticking with me as I go through this process with my portfolio. Over the Easter Break I will just be posting nice images. No words. I will give you all a break from me! After Easter I will get stuck into my new portfolio images, and by the end of April I will have set of 30 images. That is my aim.

So have a nice Easter, but make sure you come back to my blog every day at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

Rick McEvoy Photography Portfolio - Looking back, going forward in 2016 and beyond

So my review of my 2014 Photography Portfolio is complete. And now it is time for my 2016 Photography Portfolio to be finalised.

Thoughts so far?

There is more variety than I expected in the 204 set. I quite like the mix of architectural photography, landscape photography, construction photography and commercial photography work.

There are some really good images in there.

But it will be interesting to see how many make it to the 2016 set.

I am going to the Photography Show 2016 at the NEC on Saturday 19th March, and have booked a portfolio review with my professional photography institute, the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP).

What is the purpose of my Photography Portfolio? What will I use it for?

Well the bottom line is that I want a cohesive set of images that represent the best work that I have produced to date, and show potential clients what they can expect when they hire me.

My portfolio defines my style, right now. It has to be up to date and reflect the work I want to be commissioned to produce. I have spent a lot of time working on my style, my look, and this has to come through consistently in my images.

My target markets are as follows. Well again I will extract a page from my website home page, which you can access at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

“Photography of building exteriors, building interiors, construction sites, refurbishment projects, commercial spaces, completed developments, construction products.

Sectors covered – public, private, commercial, retail, industrial, residential, education, plant, utilities and infrastructure.

Experience working from heights, access platforms, scaffolds, boats, confined spaces and other controlled environments. Aerial photography by drone.

Clients - architects, builders, developers, consultants, designers, agents, property owners and house holders in both the public and private sectors.”

That is who I am aiming at. This took quite a while to come up with. This is on my home page. I want potential clients to identify with me.

So that is what my portfolio needs to focus on.

My landscape work is, in effect, secondary to this work. Yes, I use this work to develop my skills, and my work is available through a couple of commercial stock agencies (one in the UK, one in the USA). And most importantly this is my personal work. All done by me for me with no external pressures.

And this is where I get stuck. I want both.

So guess what?

I am going to do both.

I am going to have one portfolio for buildings, and one portfolio for landscapes. Simple.

Well it sounds simple but there was a lot of thought on the way to this end point. I have probably overthought this, and needed to capture my thoughts and break this down into what I want.

In Lightroom I have been assembling new collections of images. The Collections feature is so powerful in Lightroom.

I have assembled the following collections under a Collection set called “Portfolio 2016” (not surprisingly!).

Bournemouth

Building exterior

Building interior

Construction

Cornwall

Dorset

Hampshire

In (my target collection)

Industrial

Landscape

London

Poole

Sandbanks

Wiltshire

And 9 individual commercial shoots.

This is not wasted work as these image sets reflect the structure of my website, so at the same time, with the help of the power of Lightroom Collections, I am also creating new image sets for my various web pages.

But at the end of all this I will have two distinctly separate sets of images

Building

Landscape

And now that I have broken it down I can go through my Lightroom catalogue at my leisure and add to the collection sets I have, knowing that there is structure to what I am doing, and that I will also be producing future benefits for my photography business.

And I feel happier knowing how I pull all of this together. 40 images. No more. I will break down each discipline to 10 images as well (sorry to keep going on but Lightroom Collections make this super easy, and don’t forget I do not have any of my images on my laptop hard drive - these are all Smart Previews).

Last word on Collections. If you have your images on a separate hard drive, if you use Collections you don’t have the ? next to each and every image and folder. Just saying…..

As for what the BIPP want – approximately 40 images. So that is fine. 20 building shots. And 20 landscape shots.

OK time to get to finish this job off!

I will be no doubt posting lots from the Photography Show tomorrow, and will write over the next month or so about my new Photography Portfolio, what is in it, what is not in it, and where I go from here.

Thanks you for sticking with me while I go through this process, and please come back to my blog on Sunday where I will post my “Highlights of the Photography Show” at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

Attracting the right visitors to your photography website – an introduction. Well I started writing about Google Analytics but this is much better.

Attracting the right visitors to your photography website – an introduction. Well I started writing about Google Analytics but this is much better.

OK so not the most interesting subject…

But important for any photography business. If you are in business in photography, then you have a website. This is your shop window. And if no-one goes into your shop you don’t make any money.

When you have a shop you know how many people visit your shop. Obviously.

But with a website it is of course different.

How many visitors do you get to your website? Of course the physical number of visitors is only part of the story – are the visitors the right visitors for your business?

If you have a shop selling clothes for teenagers you aren’t going to get much trade from a coach load of pensioners are you?

Web traffic is like I say just the beginning. And you must not fall into the trap of thinking that the number of visitors to your site alone is good.

Of course if people are finding you online that is good. But you need to attract visitors that want what you are offering, whatever that may be.

So how do we do all this? I am working on this……

And this is where my post changed from the analytical side of things to what I realised was much more important than tracking who comes to your website.

The subject of who you want to come to your website.

So here we go with the actual beginning of this subject, not the end point. That’s better. Makes much more sense.

Shall I continue?

OK. To start with, who are you looking to come to your website? Forget the numbers here – who is your ideal client? Your target customer?

I am trying to attract, well I will extract part of my home page text rather than paraphrase in this post

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

Photography of building exteriors, building interiors, construction sites, refurbishment projects, commercial spaces, completed developments, construction products.

Sectors covered – public, private, commercial, retail, industrial, residential, education, plant, utilities and infrastructure.

Experience working from heights, access platforms, scaffolds, boats, confined spaces and other controlled environments. Aerial photography by drone.

Clients - architects, builders, developers, consultants, designers, agents, property owners and house holders in both the public and private sectors.”

Quite specific.

I heard a great analogy on a podcast the other day. If you are going to have heart surgery, you would go to a heart specialist. Not a chiropodist. Nothing against chiropodists but you get the point.

So am I the best person to photograph your wedding? No of course not. I could do it for sure, and no doubt make an excellent job of it, as the fundamentals of photography and digital imagery apply to all genres, but no there are people better placed, better equipped and more experienced than me.

Am I the best person to photograph your building?

No. Not the best. But look at my website. Look at my work, and read about me.

You will learn that I might be a good fit for you. Do you like my style of work? The images I produce? If so then I am a contender. If you are looking for a wedding photographer and you go to my website you will have no idea what I might be able to do for you. I might just be fantastic! But you will not know.

If you are, however, one of my target clients, you will be able to see what I can produce. And potentially what you might get. And also if you like my style of work.

And then there is me…..

One final point on this post, is about these posts on my blog.

Why do I blog? Why do I post every day?

Well for a better internet presence of course. That is one reason. But the main reason is this;

So people can get to know the real me. I write as I speak. Websites can be boring. Look at me, look at my work – I am fantastic blah blah blah…… When you hire me as your photographer you are hiring me the person. My personality. So I better make sure you know a little more about the personality you are getting, which is where my blog comes in to the equation. You can read as much or as little as you want, but hopefully you find my posts interesting and even entertaining once in a while.

Writing also helps me make sense of things, get things in order.

And I enjoy sharing my learning with others online, hopefully someone somewhere has learnt one small thing that has helped them.

Thanks for reading this post, and please call back tomorrow for a post which I promise will contain a nice picture, at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog

 

What to do when you booked a photo shoot and the weather is rubbish?

What to do when you booked a photo shoot and the weather is rubbish?

My answer? I have to deal with it.

Take this as an example. This is the finished shot, from a commercial shoot for Elliott UK of a new petrol station at a brand new Morrisons development in Exeter.

I am not saying that this is the best shot in the world - I am just trying to make a very real point using a real life commercial photography situation, and how I dealt with it.

Petrol station, Morrisons, Exeter, by Industrial Photographer Rick McEvoy

Petrol station, Morrisons, Exeter, by Industrial Photographer Rick McEvoy

This was the tonemapped version issued at the time of the shoot.

Petrol station, Morrisons, Exeter, by Industrial Photographer Rick McEvoy

Petrol station, Morrisons, Exeter, by Industrial Photographer Rick McEvoy

This is the RAW shot, straight out of camera.

Petrol station, Morrisons, Exeter, by Industrial Photographer Rick McEvoy

Petrol station, Morrisons, Exeter, by Industrial Photographer Rick McEvoy

The RAW version reflects the conditions at the time. Well after it had stopped raining that is.

I now have adapted my kit so I can shoot on in the rain. If needed. But no-one really wants shots of lovely new buildings in the rain do they?

I must remind myself to write a post on my top 10 bits of photography kit that were not bought at a camera store of any kind. It will make sense don't worry.

But it really was that dark, dull and grey. Talk about photographs telling the story of the scene – the RAW image does just that!

So yes the weather was awful. But I could not cancel the shoot.

So I carried on.

All I could do was capture all the information in the scene and figure it out later. Deadlines did not permit cancelling the shoot. That and other commitments. That is one of the issues that you are faced with doing any kind of commercial photography work outdoors in the UK. Industrial photography is often outside, and often by prior arrangment, and often with things arranged to happen/ not happen to allow the shoot. So deferring the shoot is sometimes not an option.

So yes I carried on with the shoot, probably taking more images than I needed to as the light was so poor I had to ensure I could produce the required image set and still get paid. The client is not interested (quite rightly) in my problems – they are paying me to do a job and my job is to do that job and give them the images they want!

So the middle, tone mapped image, was the one I gave to the client. At the time sky replacement was not a possibility, due to the time required, and the fact I would have to do this for all 20 images, and there as not the budget to fund this extra time.

As a commercial industrial photographer I have to draw the line when it comes to editing time, and the cost of editing, as I could end up working hours if not days for nothing,

That is why the brief is so important.

But back to the images. The purpose of this post is to prove that a shoot can go on in bad weather, and that with the right skills and equipment a dull image can be completely transformed.

This is exactly the kind of specialist service provided by professional photographers such as myself.

Please get in touch if you want to know anything more about the photography services I can offer you using the contact form at the page

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/contact/

Thank you for reading this post, and please call back tomorrow for another photography related post at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

 

Tree sunset shot taken at Picket Post in the New Foreset, Hampshire

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Sunset, Picket Post, New Forest, Hampshire

Last post from me for today. This shot was taken this week, following a very brief diversion off the A31 driving through the New Forest this week.

As someone once said, Scott Kelby I believe, if something grabs your eye stop and see what it was.

It was the sky in this case. The sunset. I literally pulled off the A31, parked up just down the road, stopped for 5 minutes and then the moment was gone so quickly.

I had time for a quick look around, took some wide shots, then went to the tree, and I managed to capture this. The tree makes the shot for - that and the sky of course.

Together they make a really captivating image, which I have to say I think I photographed rather well. Of course I would say that. But seriously, let me know what you think of this image. It has a nice feel to it, and I love the depth of colours and the textures within the image.

Taken on my 6D this time with my 70-200 lens. I took a couple of wide shots but they were rubbish to be honest. But after a quick change the telephoto worked much better.

I hope you have enjoyed the images I have posted today - please come back to my blog tomorrow for another post about something to do with me and my photograhy at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

I am a photographer based in Dorset specialising in architectural photography, commercial photography, industrial photography, and "any excuse to get out when the weather is nice and the view is great" landscape photography.

Rick McEvoy Photography – A professional photographer’s website

Rick McEvoy Photography – A professional photographer’s website

Today I want to write about my website, as I have recently made some changes to it. And give you a break from my new Cornwall images which I am loving going through to produce the new web page.

I have changed the structure slightly, to make it more logical and easier to navigate. The idea of the new Cornwall page was the genesis of this change – I was debating where exactly to put it on my website, and thought that a separate “Places” section made perfect sense. So I created a new category, and put the places web pages I have within that heading. I am happy with this change, which is live on my website now.

So on my website I have the following pages.

Home page - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

About - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/about/

Blog - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog/

Commissions - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/commissions/

Contact - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/contact/

FAQ - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/faq/

Places - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/places/

Work - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/work/

Archive - http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/archive/

 

About my home page - Rick McEvoy Photography - Professional Photographer

This is (obviously) my home page, where I try to describe myself and the professional photography services I provide in one page.

This page also includes a selection of 12 images, which are representative of my commercial photography work. They are all images from the built environment, which is my specialist area of work.

The image set includes interior photography, building exteriors, architectural photography and construction photography – images taken on live construction sites.

You might think from reading my blog that most of my photographic work is landscape photography - this is not the case at all. The reason is that I am not able to publish commercial photography work as soon as I have produced it, if ever at all, for commercial reasons.

As I post to my blog every day, I therefore use a mix of personal work and commercial photography work that is free to be published. As a photographer I want my blog to be a visual, living blog, with the odd post of text only like today.

I will write about the other pages on my website over the coming weeks – I want to explain the purpose and structure to all my readers.

Thank you for reading this post about my website and its new structure.

Please contact me with any photography related questions or queries using the contact form at the link above.

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New London Photographer page for Rick McEvoy Photography

I have so many great London images I have decided to create a new web page dedicated to this great city. It is titled

London Photographer | Photography London

and this new web page can be viewed at

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/london-photographer/

The page features 10 of my favourite shots of London, confined to two subjects ony, The Shard and London Bridge.

Two of the images are included in this post.

London Bridge

London Bridge by Rick McEvoy, London Photographer

London Bridge by Rick McEvoy, London Photographer

This is the view from the south bank of the River Thames, and you can see the Gherkin (Credit Suisse if you are being correct I do believe) inside the frame of the bridge. Obviously I meant this. Ok no I didn't - complete coincidence. The Walky Talky building (20 Fenchurch Street) is visible to the left.

But this shot is all about this stunning, world famous, iconic landmark structure. Claimed to be

"the most famous bridge in the world"

on the official website

 

http://www.towerbridge.org.uk/

and who I am to argue with that claim? I just love this bridge, and the patriot in me loves the fact that it is ours.

Moving on.....

My favourite new structure, The Shard.

The Shard, London, by Rick McEvoy London Photographer

The Shard, London, by Rick McEvoy London Photographer

This is a great view looking up (the plane is the clue if you did not realise that!). I tried to capture the patterns and scale in part of the structure. I have other shots of the whole building, but am loving this sort of close up of part of it. Obviously the plane overhead made this shot - well worth the wait. This is one of those shots that I actually planned, and waited for. I waited for some clouds to provide interest - blue skies can be boring all the time - and of course for a plane to fly over. This one was just where I wanted it.

During processing i tried the black and white conversion in Lightroom - ie I selected the black and white tab! No fancy presets on this one.

Nice and simple. And dark and moody.

Check out my London page for more images of these two great structures, and the rest of my website where you can view more of my work.

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/

I am a photographer base in Dorset specialising in architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography in London.

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#Photography London

A great image of Dorchester Fire Station and DFRS HQ, Poundbury, Dorset.

Dorchester Fire Station and DFRS HQ, Poundbury, Dorset, by architectural photographer Rick McEvoy

I love this view, showing the three different architectural elements of the development on the edge of Poundbury.

In the foreground is the fire station building itself, with all that goes on inside a modern fire station. To the left are the three appliance bays. The separate building to the right is the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service HQ building. In this view you cannot see the two other buildings, the training building and the appliance bay workshop.

The buildings were designed in the unique architecture styles that can be found at Poundbury, on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

This is one of my favourite places to photograph architecture in Dorset, being so different and offering an architectural photographer great designs to work with.

I will be posting later on this year about some other Poundbury photography work I have completed.

I will be posting these new images on my Blog, explaining the background to these images, and why they are on my home page, along with a bit about the post processing. But first I need to explain how I have arrived at this set of 12 images.

I specialise in architectural, commercial, construction, industrial, interior and property photography.

This is my core commercial photographic work.

Technical info about this shot.

1/750th second, F11, 22mm on my Canon 17-40mm F4L lens, taken on a tripod using my Canon 5D. ISO 200. The image was taken late morning, when the sun was on the southern facing elevation of the building. Processing of this image was done in Lightroom initially, with further work in Photoshop.

Forget this nonsense about only shooting at noon – it just does not work like that for commercial architectural photography – you have to get the shots you need on the day so you need to plan the suns position and shoot accordingly.

Thank you for reading this post – please visit my website where you can find out more about me and my architectural photography, and find out how to get in touch with me.

http://www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

I do have an architectural photographer page as well, which you can get to at

http://rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/architectural-photographer/

Footnote - I do not post all my commercial work, and not all of it straight away. Sometimes my clients need a degree of exclusivity for their imagery. There are commissions that I will never post - as I said I provide a bespoke service on every commission I undertake.

Footnote 2 - When you hire me you get me. I do all the photography stuff from start to finish.

Footnote 3 - Sorry no more footnotes!

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New Images on the Rick McEvoy Photography Website Home Page

I have updated the image set on my home page, which you can view at

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

I will be posting these new images on my Blog, explaining the background to these images, and why they are on my home page, along with a bit about the post processing. But first I need to explain how I have arrived at this set of 12 images.

I specialise in architectural, commercial, construction, industrial, interior and property photography.

This is my core commercial photographic work.

This is where I combine my technical photographic expertise with my creative photographic eye to produce consistently excellent and creative technical imagery.

I provide excellent, professional customer service for every client.

The other part of my photographic world is my landscape and travel photography. This is where I explore, create and experiment. This is my photographic playground. What I learn here I apply to my commercial work, enabling me to constantly push my photography to new and higher levels.

But back to these twelve images. They are all commercial photography work (nearly, but I will explain).

They are, in no particular order (I really mean that as the order will change from time to time);

Chideock Church, Dorset. I was commissioned to photograph the new dome to this lovely church in West Dorset.

Chideock Church, Dorset. Roof tiles. A lovely detailed shot of the roof tiles on the new dome.

Bar interior - Lucca. Ok this is not commercial in that I did not get paid for it – I would love to be paid to photograph bars in Tuscany! But it is a commercial interior shot which I love.

Rockwool product shot - Portsmouth. A shot of a major Portsmouth City Council high rise residential refurbishment project for Rockwool, the suppliers of the cladding system being installed.

Dorchester Fire Station and DFRS HQ, Poundbury, Dorset. I love this view, showing the three different architectural elements of the development on the edge of Poundbury.

Interior shot, Sandbanks. A lovely interior shot with sea views on the world famous Sandbanks in Poole, Dorset.

Poole Police Station, Poole, Dorset. Another major new development in Dorset that I was commissioned to photograph by the architect.

Rendering product shot, Poole, Dorset. Stunning new houses in Poole, taken from a commission from a render manufacturer and installer.

Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Commissioned by me for me. OK it’s not a commercial shot but is striking anyway!

Catnic lintol product shot. Lintols are lintols. But when given to me to photograph you can expect something hopefully interesting like this alternative and creative product shot taken on a live construction site.

BASF Walltite product shot, Poole, Dorset. Construction product shots do not have to be boring when you ask me to take them. I love this shot of spray applied insulation.

RNLI Memorial, Poole, Dorset. Another stunning subject matter at RNLI HQ in Poole, Dorset.

So why these twelve images?

Where has my tree shot gone I hear you say?

Well I wanted my home page to represent a specific and to me very significant proportion of my commercial photography work, all to do with buildings and structures. I also wanted to post images that mean something locally (please excuse the bar shot!).

So after lots and lots of deliberation this is my new portfolio if you like. I want potential clients to visit my website, and to know what they can expect me to provide.

Technically excellent, creative, high quality imagery.

Thank you for reading this post – please visit my website where you can find out more about me and my photography, and find out how to get in touch with me.

Footnote - I do not post all my commercial work, and not all of it straight away. Sometimes my clients need a degree of exclusivity for their imagery. There are commissions that I will never post - as I said I provide a bespoke service on every commission I undertake.

Footnote 2 - When you hire me you get me. I do all the photography stuff from start to finish.

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#commercial photography

#construction photography

#industrial photography

#interior photography

#property photography

#Bournemouth

#Poole

#Sandbanks

#Dorset

#Hampshire

#Surrey

#London

 

 

Rick McEvoy Photography Home Page Images

OK time for a change on my home page. I have just updated the images you can see on my home page.

This is now the first image on my home page. That is how much I like it!

Electricity - Poole, Dorset

One of my specialisms is industrial photography. Whilst I love the grand scale of large buildings and plant, I really love getting into the detail, isolating objects. As I have said before, you can make a great picture just by excluding things.

This is a great example. It is part of a large urban sub-station. It is quite large, and most people will drive past it and not think anything of it. But not me - oh no I am that sad!

I am awalys looking out for interesting things to photograph, and this is no exception.

Originally the image was a sunset shot, but I have taken the colours out of the image, and turned into a high contrast black and white image. I love the cleanness of the black and white, with very little else in between.

All of this was done in Lightroom, and to be completely honest (don't tell anyone) it did not take me that long to do.

I probably spent more time thinking about the previous version.

Whilst I liked the original version I asked my self what could I do to improve it?

Here is the original processed image.

Original image

Whilst I like the composition of this image (taken in January of this year) it has sat in my "hmmmm" folder since I did the initial edit. I went back to it today and had a rethink. Sometimes all you need is time away from your work and a clear head to recycle something old and ok into something much more interesteing.

I hope you enjoyed my post.

Please get intouch if you want me to quote for photography work for you, or with any photography related query.

www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

I am a photographer specialising in architectural photography, commercial photography and industrial photography.