This is one of those exterior images that took a lot of time to produce. Firstly in the image capture. There was a lot of preparation and planning, along with three visits and a lot of waiting for the right conditions and no people to be in shot!
And then there was the processing, which was a challenge. The render has a green tint within, which I had to accurately recreate. A very subtle green through colour render - see I know about all this good stuff!
I managed to do this, then hand the epic task of dealing with my nemesis (I would have said nemesises but not sure how to spell it?) - which are
- Chewing gum
A lot of spot removal and clone stamping work in Photoshop to give the appearance of a smooth new playground.
This extension, photographed for the architect Kendall Kingscott, was nominated for an LABC award - my images were used as part of the submission. I don’t think it won - well if it did no one told me!
Rick McEvoy Photography - architectural photography in Dorset
A couple of years ago I put together a portfolio of colour and black and white images for submission to the BIPP. I never submitted them. I was never happy with them.
This is the black and white interior set, which to be honest I found in the draft folder of my Squarespace Blog.
I have redone my portfolio for submission to the BIPP, so am finally happy to publish this post with this set of images.
My architectural photography work has come on a lot since then, and I am looking forward to publishing my new portfolio submission when I can.
Rick McEvoy Photography - Black and White Portfolio
If you like this sort of thing and have an iPad I would give this a go - it costs a tenner on the Apple App Store.
It is good to try new things in photography, as you never know where they will lead you. I have played around with Plotagraph on some of my own work, and have had a go with some comemrcial architectiral work which I am going to give to the client - I will report back on the response!
This is the alternative freestyle edit as promised in my earlier post.
- Fine Art Process
- Red. Not green. Quite a difference eh?
- Lens Falloff 2. Not 1.
- Overall brightness -11%
- Dynamic brightness +51%
Well what do you think?
It is as this point that I look myself in the eye and think – really?
Back on track with the next post
Wednesday 15th February 2017
Another of my picks from the Delph Woods shoot.
Oh by the way, I have another similar landscape photography shoot I am working on, where I trialled my new camera bag. I just want to mention it here, but will be writing in full about it next month.
All I want to say is that it is the Peak Design Everyday Backpack – and it is fantastic.
This was the last shoot with my big old bulky backpack, and the last shoot where I carried gear that I never ever use any more.
But back to the photo, and what I did to the image in Nik Silver Efex Pro, which is the plug-in to Lightroom I use to make my black and white landscape photography images.
Fine Art Process.
Well all the images in this series have been processed using this preset.
The green filter. Again.
Lens Falloff 1. Again.
Ah there might be some variety here.
Overall brightness I reduced to -23%
Dynamic Brightness I increased to 36%. I did push it further, but backed off.
In all seriousness, I am applying the same processing settings to each image as I want a consistent set of black and white images.
Some of the black and white edits don’t work that well, but happily this one does – I really like this version.
And that is the next image in the series happily in the bag. If you know what I mean, Ok not bag. Lightroom Catalogue.
I will definitely shut up there!
Rick MCEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP
Saturday 28th January 2017
This is the whole scene that I photographed. Yes looking back now I could have taken the tighter shot at the time. But that was then and this is now.
It is amazing just how much you can crop in when using a full frame Canon DSLR. My Canon 6D has lots more megapixels so I could get even more out of an image. This is one of the reasons I am staying with my Canon 6D, and look forward to the new version coming out.
The detail in the crop of the picture is excellent.
And the crop makes for a completely different image, which I really like.
Practise with my processing is moving my photography forward nicely, and I am enjoying the process of sorting out collections of images.
I knowI keep getting stuck processing new stuff but it is all good stuff to me!
Rick McEvoy MCIOB, LBIPP
Thursday 19th January 2017
This is a picture of the brand new extension to Hamworthy Park Junior School in Poole, Dorset.
This is another new black and white architectural photography image captured on my Canon 6D with Canon 17-40mm lens.
This text is extracted from a previous post about this image. I am not going to rewrite it as it was most excellent the first time around! I know I don't mean it honest.
This picture was photographed for the architect. The image was all about the sun shining through the window. That big burst of golden sun. The school is very close to the water and Poole Harbour, a wonderful location for a picture of a Dorset school. I was photographing the extension to the school, and being local I knew where the sun would be approaching sunset. In the colour image the picture is all about the burst of sunshine, a golden glow with vibrant blue sky.
So why not try a black and white version? Changing to black and white changes the image, the main feature, the colours, is replaced by the textures, features and light and shade. But you still get the sun shining in prominently.
This is produced from another portfolio image, one that has had an amount of detailed polishing and refining from the client issue image.
The black and white conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro was much more straightforward than the work required to produce the client and portfolio images.
This is the extensive processing I carried out in Nik Silver Efex Pro.
- Underexposed. I have never used this preset before
- The Red filter worked the best. It gave the image depth.
And that is it.
Fantastic isn't it. As long as you try the presets, you can quickly get great black and white images every time!
I don't have any black and website pages yet, but you can view a selection of my interior photography work at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/interior-photographer.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Sunday 16th October 2016