Architecture Project for Dudley College

April 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Introduction

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It was time to take some photos for use in the architecture project. The sun was shining with fluffy white clouds, lovely.

The plan was to get at least one good shot of each campus. As in all types of photography it’s about getting the quality, direction and colour of the light right. The direction is obviously controlled by the time of day so I used the LightTrac app on my phone to find out exactly where the sun is coming from.

Although I had my tripod with me and its normal form to use it, I didn’t bother. The combination of a 16mm wide angle, full frame sensor and fairly bright conditions meant that I could shoot handheld.

Broadway

I went up to the walkway above the coffee shop and got some ok shots but not really worthy. I was approached by a college security guard and he was about to fire some questions my way until he saw my ID card. I am still amazed at the level of prejudice towards photographers. I wanted an interior shot here as next to the main reception is a small waiting area with the words, “Welcome to Dudley college”. I cheekily asked one of the receptionists if I could get behind the counter to enable me to get the shot I wanted. I’m always on the lookout for viewpoints not used by other photographers.

For the external shot I really wanted to include both the entrance and the sign. I had to retouch the sign a little as it was in the shade.

Dudley Sixth

The shape of the building is very long and thin so it’s hard to get it all in even with an ultra wide angle lens. The metallic panels add a lot of interest to this building so I wanted to find the right angle to get some texture lighting.

I decided that this would be a great subject for a panorama. The camera was set to manual and a series of five shots were take and joined together using photo merge in Photoshop.

Priory Villa

This is the smallest of the group but it’s location is right on a main road with several lampposts positioned strategically to interfere with the shot. I’m always conscious that it’s important to try to get shots nobody else has thought of. Having walked around the building a few times there is nothing that really stands out. That is when I had the idea to position myself in the middle of the traffic island. There are quite a few exotic plants on there and it adds something to the foreground making for a better and more balanced image.

Evolve

Another one of the new buildings. Easy to photograph but trees block the obvious shot of the main entrance. Here I made use of the wide angle lens to give a stylistic exaggerated perspective.

Equipment list

  • Nikon D700 & 16–35mm lens
  • Three Legged Thing tripod
  • Sekonic light meter

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