This past weekend, I’ve been playing a bit of “catch-up” in my editing. Back in January, I had attended the annual Imaging USA Trade Show and Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The state of the weather when I landed was much colder than Vancouver – it was in the minus temps. with wind chill, and freezing rain throughout the week. The cold temperatures persisted most of my stay with the exception of the day before I left. The sun came out, the temperature rose to a lovely 70 degrees F. and so I grabbed my camera and hit the streets with a few friends and visited the Alamo. We spent a good portion of the later afternoon shooting on the grounds of the Alamo and doing some fun portrait sessions in the gardens.
I LOVE older buildings and structures like this. With my camera, I can get completely lost in photographing stonework architecture and the beautiful details inherent in them.
For these images, I used my 5D Mark II with the one lens I brought with me, the standard 24-70 mm F 2.8 L IS. In my editing of the images I’ve given them an older type of “antiqued” look to them as I felt it fit the “feel” of the structure best.
Recently, I had the opportunity to assist my friend Anna Beaudry on an interior architecture shoot, and then also to participate in a workshop that she taught at the end of February. I have found Anna to be incredibly inspiring on many levels since I met her last year at Image Explorations. While I was studying photography at Langara College we did shoot architecture – on film with a 4 x 5 camera. There are many things to appreciate about learning photography on a 4 x 5 camera, most of those lessons I now appreciate in hindsight. In fact, I am actually grateful for the many things I learned about shooting that way in my first year of that program. At the time, however, there weren’t many in the class that liked or enjoyed that experience, unfortunately. For the majority of us in that class, we ended up frustrated and exasperated – with architecture specifically. Although, I’ve always admired and enjoyed great images of architecture, my schooling experience in that area made me throw up my hands and give up on it completely. Until, I met Anna.
Both Anna’s work and the passion she has for her work had inspired me to re-consider my position. Not to mention the fact that she was shooting it digitally – and not on a 4 x 5 😉 I chose to give architectural photography another go when the curriculum for her workshop had been created. While assisting her on an interior shoot, I discovered the numerous ways one could photograph and express the character of the interior or exterior of a building – which, from my fine art perspective, expresses architecture as art in how one chooses to frame and light those details. I absolutely loved it. I found that another avenue in photography had opened up for me.
Anna’s workshop focused on a variety of topics, incl. how to balance conflicting light sources, correcting converging lines using a D-SLR, design, lighting and composition principals as it relates to architecture, staging an interior, and creating a workflow specifically working with Lightroom. If you ever get a chance to work with Anna in one of her workshops, I highly recommend it!
Here are some select images from the venues we shot over the weekend workshop: