Wednesday, December 31, 2014
While architectural and interior photography remains the back bone of my business there were some other assignments as well, loads of business portraits, fine art photography (that is, photography of fine art pieces) and some heritage photography rounded out the year.
Most of the photos I take while traveling are just for fun - only on a few occasions does anyone want to acquire them for commercial purposes. In 2014 my wife and I traveled to Arizona, Scotland and Italy, many of the photos taken on these journeys have appeared here on my blog. Sometimes I post them on the fly from remote areas, other photos are held back until I get home and have time for some serious editing.
I don't really do any serious marketing; I send an industry mail out to the architectural/engineering/constructing community every year but that's it really. In 2013 I was asked to put some photos on display for sale at local arts outlet and that has done better than I expected - it even lead to an appearance on breakfast television, which in turn led to surge in sales.
Perhaps the most unusual request I had this past year was to create a photographic record of an older building that will be re-purposed. The provincial government has influence on the process and requires that the building be photographed in black and white. On film. I didn't have a film camera that would do the job. I do now. I would say the only down side to film is the lack of instant gratification - it took 3 weeks to get the film back from the lab. A few photos from that assignment will appear on this blog in the next while.
For 2015 I'm going to shift to once-a-week postings. This is due to the amount of time required to post daily - when things get hectic the extra time required for daily posts gets a bit much. There might be the occasional extra post but otherwise please check every Friday for the weekly post. I will try and make the weekly post a little more informative by providing detail on the photos presented and why I chose it. We'll see how it goes!
There are over 1700 posts on my blog going back to April of 2010....I didn't miss too many days. So as I make the switch to weekly posts I thought I would re-post this photo which is one of the oldest in my blog posts photo archives. I took this photo on May 28 2010 with my venerable Canon G11 in macro mode; f/2.8 at 1/80 sec.
Happy New Year! Next blog post Friday January 02.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
I used my 17mm tilt/shift lens to deal with the space limitations - this lens allows one to take the bottom and top half of the scene and fuse them together using Photoshop. To fill in the dark corner I used a Canon 580EX flash that I simple held overhead and triggered manually - the exposure was 4 or 5 second long so I didn't need to worry about synchronizing the flash with the shutter. I made several exposures at different light temperatures, duplicating the process so that I had a range of images of the bottom and top half of the scene.
The RAW files were edited in Adobe Lightroom. I then opened the files in Adobe Photoshop and began the process of blending and balancing the various light temperatures. When I had a top and bottom image that looked realistic I then merged the two halves together in Photoshop. The last step was to clone out my reflection - and that of the camera - and make some final exposure and contrast adjustments.
It is an important aspect of the interior design so it was worth putting in the effort though.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Having a few people in the photos is good but it does present a few issues. For instance, if they are recognizable one should really have a model release (in this case they are employees so there's not an issue in that regard); if they are wearing clothing that may go out of style then the photos can look dated in time, etc. Still, when ever the chance is there I like to get at least some photos with people.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Starting in January, after several years and many hundreds of photos posted, I will be switching to a single post per week; I've found the daily post to be quite a challenge time wise over the last while and while it's been fun one has to make decisions based on practical issues. The day of the week and the overall theme is not yet fully resolved, stay tuned!
Merry Christmas to all!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
When I arrived to take these photos the building was officially in the hands of the owner - the City of Edmonton. Before the open to the public all the building systems must be commissioned and staff trained, a project that takes weeks. The saline levels in the water have to be tested and re-tested and until the health inspector agrees that all is well the pools are officially 'dangerous', so when the staff come into train there has to be caution tape around all the pools. And all entrances to the pool area must be marked with caution tape. Hardly ideal conditions to take photos. So I moved what I could and took the rest out in photoshop. Time commitment = about 2 hours for 1 photo alone. But the photo itself only took 1/4 of a second.
Canon 1Dx with Canon 17mm TSE lens. ISO 200, 1/4 sec @ f/14. Raw File edited with Adobe Lightroom, Final adjustments made with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Camera supported on Gitzo Explorer tripod and a Really Right Stuff Ball head and camera specific mounting bracket.