Since I first started watching KelbyOne I have learned so many new things, and one of things that I have discovered is a different way of doing architectural images. I have said before about the idea of using more than one image and doing some different things. So last week I went out for dinner with a friend and then we went and sat outside the The Centre, Ivanhoe, or what used to be the old town hall while I took photos.
We sat there for just over an hour and a half as the sun went down. I took over 200 images, though most were bracketed. I set the camera up on the tripod and every 10 or so minutes took 9 bracketed shots. I was hoping for a good sunset, but you know I didn’t get one, do I ever.
This was one of the first photos I took, the sun is setting behind the building.
This was one of the last. The sun had set and the lights were on.
I wanted to see if I could get something in between. I did a whole series of HDR’s and then took a bit of this one, and a bit of that one, then I blended some bits, blurred others, and just experimented until I got this.
I am happy with it for my first time doing this. There are definitely things I need to learn how to do better, and work out when to use HDR and when not to. It was an interesting thing to do.
I think I got the effect I was hoping for, but I would like to go back and try it again. I would like to see if I can get a sunset behind the building, lots of oranges and reds pushing up behind the building. That might make it more interesting.
The angle of the camera wasn’t great and if I went back I might see about changing that as well. Maybe have the camera higher up on the tripod.
These sorts of photos are different for me and I would really like to do more. I do love the KelbyOne site but their posts on architecture are very limited, and the ones they have are for people who have spent lots of money on lights and such. Maybe when I figure it out I will do my own little videos. It is something I want to do in the future. One day, maybe.
I am putting the three images into a gallery so you can look at them individually.
Tomorrow is the black and white challenges, I got lots of entries, so I am looking forward to showing them to you.