It shouldn’t be too difficult should it?
Day one: The wireless receiving equipment announces the hottest day in Britain since weather was invented and at 7:00 all looks good. By 11:00 things have ceased to look good and by early afternoon thunder and lightning is very very frightening.
Day two: The wireless receiving equipment announces another hottest day in Britain since weather was invented and at 7:00 all looks good. By 11:00 things have not changed but in the half hour drive at 12:30 the weather changes, all signs of blue sky have gone. Not much lightening though.
Day two improved though, the lawn was dry enough for a trim courtesy of the owner and blue skies returned; Yay!
You have never seen a photographer work the exterior of a property so quickly, moving round, stop, shoot, move and repeat. Actually we had already visited The Summer House earlier to recce the shoot with the architects In Ex Design so there were no great surprises.
You’ve Got To Have a Plan When Shooting
The plan was simple, shoot the exterior angles and then get some more expressive shots showing the interaction of the property and the surrounding planting. Finally record some further work that had been undertaken on the main property.
The interior of The Summer House was lit with Bowens Gemini studio strobes triggered remotely by Pulsar radio triggers. This gave enough light to balance the interior seen through the open doors with the exterior in what had now become a really bright day, Small details convey the life of the property better than a dark interior.
This work is simple and methodical, the main shots are to communicate the form of the property, this isn’t estate agent work. A strong tripod (a couple actually), radio remote release and a good polariser to control the light. As much as possible is captured in the camera.
An online gallery of shots were delivered to the client for approval the following morning, and the final images were delivered later in the morning. The images below are a small selection taken from those supplied to the client.
Gallery of Architectural Photography: Exe Estuary – Devon
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