Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP: Blog http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog en-us Richard Ellis 2010 - 2017 richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:42:00 GMT Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:42:00 GMT http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/img/s/v-5/u394919319-o825656507-50.jpg Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP: Blog http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog 120 93 Refurbishment of Haematology Dept, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/2/refurbishment-of-haematology-dept-queen-elizabeth-hospital-birmingham One of my occasional commissions for Pinnegar Hayward Design, this shoot presented some particular challenges. The major one was that the building was only accessible at weekends, being a working outpatients' department.  And of course, working buildings are never as pristine as photographers would like! Here, my response was to get everything reasonable tidy, but accept that the place should be presented as an environment in which the activities of daily life had left their mark, which hopefully adds to the feeling of the place.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2018/2/refurbishment-of-haematology-dept-queen-elizabeth-hospital-birmingham Thu, 08 Feb 2018 23:41:13 GMT
Photographs of Hotel Refurbishment http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/photographs-of-hotel-refurbishment My first shoot for Accor Hotels has taken place at Ibis, Birmingham Airport. The pizzeria and reception area had recently been refurbished. The shoot was quite challenging because the interior was mostly dark grey, with many naked light bulbs, and the glare needed to be 'tamed' in Photoshop. There was little opportunity to use bounce flash because of the dark surfaces. 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural architecture birmingham hotel interior leisure photography pizza restaurant http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/photographs-of-hotel-refurbishment Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:11:39 GMT
Holden Lane Primary School, Stoke http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/holden-lane-primary-school-stoke interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands interior architectural photography of a school in stoke, staffordshire, midlands Another recent shoot for Pinnegar Hayward Design, this time mainly of the interior 'learning street' of Holden Lane Primary School. The challenge here was to do most of the photography between 8.15 and 9.00 when the children would be in.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural architecture construction interior midlands photography http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/11/holden-lane-primary-school-stoke Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:31:22 GMT
Omicron Building, Stafford http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/10/omicron-building-stafford Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting Omicron building, Stafford. Architectural photography showing day and dusk, nocturnal lighting I was commissioned by a regular client, Pinnegar Hayward Design of Birmingham, to photograph the new building for Omicron in Stafford. A particular requirement was to have both daytime and dusk images of backlit translucent wall claddings (supplied by Rodeca).  

As a strong preference, I like to get some sunlight on as many exterior surfaces as possible. This was complicated here by a morning fog, although it was possible to get the lighting to shine into the fog, which made for a couple of interesting images. Fortunately, the fog cleared just in time to get some oblique shadow on the east elevation.

Some of the groundworks were incomplete, so bare soil had to be digitally greened (if that's allowable in English as we know it?)

For the dusk shots, it was necessary to use multiple exposures and manually combine them in Photoshop, as the light levels on the cladding were very uneven. They look fine to the eye, but the camera sensor, even on the excellent Canon 5DS-R, my workhorse, cannot deal with such a dynamic range in a single exposure.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural architecture interior midlands omicron photography stafford http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/10/omicron-building-stafford Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:26:21 GMT
Work on permanent show, Guildford Cathedral http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/work-on-permanent-show-guildford-cathedral Some of the photos from my residency at Guildford Cathedral have now been incorporated into the permanent interpretation graphics in the building.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural architecture decoration feature graphics interpretation perspective photography http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/work-on-permanent-show-guildford-cathedral Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:12:10 GMT
Exhibition at Guildford Cathedral http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral Pleased to report that I spent a day hanging some of my photographic work as part of a semi-permanent exhibition at Guildford Cathedral. The recently installed hanging system gives the work a proper place within the building fabric. Now that the renovation works have been completed, it seems right to have a record of the process in public view.

There are 10 aisle bays in the building which accommodate the hanging system, and I have arranged the framed photos so that they are in sympathy with the architecture, and particularly with the windows above.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architecture cathedral exhbition guildford interior photography solo http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/9/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:18:04 GMT
Knauf Product Shoot, Warwick School http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/8/knauf-product-shoot-warwick-school Some more images from a few weeks back when I went to Warwick Hall to photograph wall and ceiling panels for Knauf. The Client was Ridgemount PR, and the building was designed by Associated Architects.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architects architectural associated birmingham interior knauf midlands panels photography products http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/8/knauf-product-shoot-warwick-school Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:49:54 GMT
Tewkesbury Primary Health Centre http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/tewkesbury-primary-health-centre Some interior and exterior images of this new health centre, design by ADP Architects and built by Seddon Construction. This is an update to a previous shoot.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) adp architectural architecture care interior midlands photography primary seddon tewkesbury http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/tewkesbury-primary-health-centre Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:10:12 GMT
Royal International Air Tattoo http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/royal-international-air-tattoo A bit of a change from the usual subject matter.  Some images from last week's Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Glos.

These show aerobatic displays from the Patrouille Suisse, (Northrop F-5) and the USAF Thunderbirds (General Dynamics F-16)

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) 2017 aerobatic display f-16 f-5 fighting falcon formation flying freedom fighter patrouille suisse riat royal international air tattoo thunderbirds usaf http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/7/royal-international-air-tattoo Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:06:56 GMT
Hothouse Sheffield http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/hothouse An event for emerging and established photographers in Sheffield on 10th June - I will be among the speakers on the day, talking about my residency at Guildford Cathedral.

https://www.redeye.org.uk/programme/events/hothouse-sheffield 

A number or photographers will be presenting an array of recent projects, so it promises to be a really interesting day. Plenty of networking opportunities as well.

Hothouse arrives in the Steel City in June for a daylong celebration of photographic talent from Yorkshire and beyond. Throughout the day there will be short presentations from photographers about their recent work and projects, plus ample opportunity for networking and portfolio review. You're welcome to drop in for an hour or two, or stay for the whole event - but please register to be sure of getting a place.

 

 

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Architectural Product Shoot http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/architectural-product-shoot Ceiling and wall products for Knauf - the building is Warwick Hall, a multipurpose hall and theatre in the grounds of Warwick School.  There are also some exteriors for context.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural architecture construction interior photography product http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/6/architectural-product-shoot Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:28:18 GMT
Exhibition at Guildford Cathedral http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/5/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral This marks the culmination of my residency at Guildford, and here's a shortish video to explain... best viewed full screen on high defiinition

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/5/exhibition-at-guildford-cathedral Wed, 17 May 2017 13:17:34 GMT
Competition win! http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/4/competition-win This image from my residency at Guildford Cathedral won the British Institute of Professional Photography regional print competition in the Architecture Category.  It's a double image, with ultra-wide angle (12mm full frame) rectangular images from the same viewpoint, arranged in a cruciform shape - hence the dark corners.

Aligning the image in Photoshop was a difficult task - the auto align feature would not accommodate the different aspect ratios, so all had to be done manually. On site, it was necessary to place the camera very precisely, and also very low to obtain the maximum distance from the object. As the Canon 6D screen is not hinged, the only way to see what was on the it was to use a compact mirror. 

The photos below show the set-up as well as the final image.

 

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) Guildford architectural competition photography win winner http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/4/competition-win Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:13:00 GMT
Internal Aerial Photography using a Mast http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/3/internal-aerial-photography-using-a-mast There are occasions when photographing an interior from a floor-based tripod doesn't show the space to full effect. Nowadays, most people assume that aerial photography has to be done with a drone, but this is not always practical.

The commission illustrated here is of the warehouse of the Castings factory near Burntwood, Staffordshire. My client was Seddon Construction.

The ground level view of the building's structure and spaces was largely obscured by boxes of lorry engine components, stacked far higher than the reach of any tripod. I used a mast to reach above this, and was able to take photos of the interior without obstruction. Moreover, by varying the pitch of the camera remotely, I was able to look up to the roof structure and down to the goods in stacks, and to use these for visual effect. 

A further bonus of this method is that any camera with wi-fi can be simply connected to a smartphone, allowing higher image quality than can be obtained with most drones. Here, I was able to use my full-frame Canon 6d, coupled with a Sigma 12-24 at minimum focal length, i.e allowing an extremely wide angle.  This permitted the use of raw files and multiple exposures (necessary to balance the general light levels with rooflights and artificial lighting).

There are occasions when I use a compact camera (Canon G7X) on the mast. The principal benefit of this is that the zoom angle can be controlled remotely, although this only has the full frame equivalent of 24 - 100mm, and exposure control is more limited.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) aerial alternative architectural architecture drone interior mast photography http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/3/internal-aerial-photography-using-a-mast Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:18:14 GMT
Light and text in images http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/2/light-and-text-in-images As part of my residency at Guildford Cathedral, I have been experimenting with using text within photographs.  The theme is the metaphor of light, with quotations from biblical and other scriptures.  This has taken its cue from the conception of the Cathedral building itself as a temple of light.

As the work has progressed, I have aimed to make the text elements of the compositions appear integral to the images themselves, to the point where it's not easy to judge whether they were there in the original locations.

Here, I used the south and north pulpits as the locations.  Both had tapestries for the Christmas season (the photos being taken on the day of the Epiphany service).  

On the south pulpit, the tapestry contained an image of an open book.  It was, therefore, a simple choice to insert text within it.  The process involved creating a text layer in Photoshop, with a suitable font, and colour matching it to the darker part of the book image.  A slight outer glow was used from the Effects (fx) menu, to give separation from parts of the existing page.  The text was then skewed and warped in the Edit menu, to follow the contours of the page and so appear to be written on it.

A different approach was taken on the north pulpit.  The tapestry contained an image of the Cross with a rather solar glow, which would have made any additional text appear incongruous with the composition.  But, on the stone wall behind the pulpit, was a carved and coloured inscription commemorating the consecration of the Cathedral.  A text was chosen, and put into a text layer, using a font and colour to match the existing as closely as possible.  This was scaled and slightly skewed in the Edit menu, to align it with the perspective of the wall joints.  As the wall was out of focus, the text was also blurred a little in the Filter menu.  The carved incisions were also matched by subjecting the text layer to 'bevel and emboss' in the Effects menu. Finally, the layer's opacity was reduced a little to allow some texture of the stone to come through.

A refinement, for showing the two images together, was to crop both to be, as nearly as possible, identical in proportion and geometry.  The slide show below shows the process of adding the layers, and the details of the texts.


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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) Cathedral Guildford architectural architecture birmingham interior photography scripture text http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/2/light-and-text-in-images Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:57:49 GMT
Guildford Cathedral by night http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/guildford-cathedral-by-night In preparation for an early start on Sunday, as part of my residency, I stayed at the Asperion Hotel In Guildford on Saturday night.  Luckily, my room had quite a good view! These images show slight variations in focal length and crop.  Canon EOS 6D with Tamron 70-300.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) Guildford architectural architecture cathedral illuminated illumination night nocturnal photography http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/guildford-cathedral-by-night Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:46:20 GMT
Glass wall with Bentleys http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/glass-wall-with-bentleys Glass is one of the hardest things to photograph.  It's both there and not there, so to speak, and its transparency makes it the least emphatic element of any composition.  Here, a movable glass wall by Geze is used as a partition in the Bentley / Lamborghini showroom in Birmingham.  I concentrated on the properties of the reflections in the glass, working as a kind of counterpoint to the lighting on the vehicles.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2017/1/glass-wall-with-bentleys Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:51:40 GMT
Tewkesbury Primary Care Centre http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/tewkesbury-primary-care-centre Tewkesbury Primary Care Centre will soon host two GP practices and a Lloyd's Pharmacy. These images are of the GP section of the building, which is on three floors, and includes waiting areas, consulting, meeting and staff rooms.

Currently, no furniture is in place, which has allowed me to photograph the interiors uncluttered. However, it will probably be necessary to return at a future date to complete the set, when the building is furnished to a working standard.

Similarly, the exteriors will be done when the weather is fine and the landscaping has been completed.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural architecture health interior midlands perspective photography tewkesbury http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/tewkesbury-primary-care-centre Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:37:20 GMT
Matthew Clark Distribution warehouse http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/matthew-clark-distribution-warehouse Another shoot for Pinnegar Hayward Design, of the new warehouse for Matthew Clark Distribution in Bedford.  

At this time of year, the challenge is to maximise the use of available sunlight for the exteriors, and use various tools in post-production to compensate for the surfaces which don't get lit.  In this case, the main goods entrance got no sunlight at all, and the n-w facing elevation with the reception area only got a few minutes of very oblique sunlight.  A consolation was that this had an attractive red hue at sunset. This was enhanced by reflections from neighbouring buildings.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) Bedford architectural architecture birmingham industrial midlands photography warehouse http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/matthew-clark-distribution-warehouse Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:07:39 GMT
Birmingham Children's Hospital http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/birmingham-childrens-hospital I was asked by architects Pinnegar Hayward Design to photograph the Emergency X-ray Department of the hospital recently.  The main X-ray room can be transformed into a multicoloured light show, which is a really imaginative way of distracting kids from illness and injury.

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richard@photographyarchitectural.co.uk (Architectural Photography by Richard Ellis LBIPP) architectural birmingham children's colour hospital interior light photography http://www.photographyarchitectural.co.uk/blog/2016/12/birmingham-childrens-hospital Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:11:49 GMT