The Gherkin by Foster, Heron Tower by KPF.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Saturday, 3 August 2013
Some gnarled old trees from Bradgate Park, that were symbolically beheaded when Lady Jane Grey was beheaded... clearly her trees deserved the same fate.
I am now based in LEICESTER (just off the M1), so great links to the north & south, and I can officially get to the heart of London in a relatively fast commute - I have done a couple of 7:30am starts there with help from coffee.
I am in lens buying mode at the moment. The trees image (sorry for the token b&w landscapes, but I couldn't resist) were taken on a new Canon 50mm f/1.4.
Expect everything to have a shallow depth of field for the next few weeks until I get over it.
70-300mm L up next, for long-distance facade details / compressed perspectives.
Also purchasing the Canon tilt/shift 17mm L soon. Can't wait for this wide-angle perspective correcting world absorber.. sure to improve the compositional accuracy and speed of my work as I will no longer have to stitch everything together from the tilt/shift 24mm L, also it will allow some impossibly wide-angle stitched images which I look forward to trying out.
I just got back from an amazing holiday to Dubrovnik, Croatia - images coming soon.
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Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Showrooms made to appear as real kitchens, before / after images coming soon.
The bottom image is from a case study location shoot.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
I spent a couple of hours on the 244m high viewing deck of The Shard this weekend. The structure is so high that it is difficult to get a sense of scale on what you are seeing. Foster's Gherkin and other 'tall' landmarks which tower above us at ground level are seen from this height as one would see a scale model during the planning phase. The modern tower designed by Renzo Piano is located in a very busy central location, but the top is an incredibly peaceful and calm location. Visitors slowly stroll the walkway to individually framed views with hushed voices, as if they were examining works in a gallery.
A highly enjoyable experience, I would thoroughly recommend it.
Friday, 18 January 2013
Post-production from the latest shoot.
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Showrooms never have a huge amount of space around each set. The client wanted each kitchen separated into its own environment to avoid the distraction and confusion of including other kitchens in the background.
Images were lit with a massive soft box fill & smaller soft box as main light to the side (for contrast), to create a bright space as if big windows are just out of shot.
How I did it (for Photoshop users)...
The new walls and ceilings were created with solid colour layers placed in a layer masked groups - matched with the dropper tool, rasterized and brushed with colour selections of the existing wall, to match shadow and highlight tones. Shadows were added in the joins via selection, noise added overall to match the rest of the image.
The clock highlight is covered with a rasterized solid colour layer and the times were painted back on from scratch.
The window was photographed to match perspective by using the original image on camera screen and shooting to match (same lens, settings and shift movements). It was lit with remote bounced flash to match light direction and contrast. Perspective point was found by adding lines across multiple straights, finding the point at which they cross. New window was skewed to match new lines drawn from the perspective point, cut out, colour matched, darkened / lightened to match the light across walls.
I lightened areas of worktops and walls, tap edges etc and warmed slightly to bring the light from the new windows inside.
A new floor was shot to match perspectives and added.
Not much then.
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