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Could you help me out with this architectural shot?

 
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Aug 07, 2015 17:54 |  #1

Hello all! This is my first post in this forum and I wanted to see if anyone could help me out with a shot I just can´t nail.

A little background:
So, I have always considered myself an advanced amateur, meaning I have a nice amount of gear, enjoy the hell out of it, use it constantly but up until a week ago I had never earned a dime using it. Being an amateur photographer can be deceiving, you go out, shoot hundreds of pics, choose a couple you like and feel like a pro. But, once you grab an assignment you have to raise the bar by a hell of a lot. It simply makes you respect the craft of photography a hell of a lot more.

The Gear:
As I said, I have a nice amount of gear:
-Davis and Sanford tripod
-Sony A99
-Sony CZ 24-70mm f2.8
-Sony 20mm f2.8
-Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art
-HVL-43m flash

The Asignment:
Photographing a University Campus for their website and online magazine.

The issue:
Ok, I never told or implied to the client that I was an A class architectural photographer. I just haven´t earned that title yet. Still, he liked my interior & Exterior shots of random buildings I´ve found interesting around Mexico City. So I was hired.

The facilities are simply awesome. It´s an old building adapted to the 21st century and they did a great job with the decor. But, being an old building in Mexico City, the spaces are really reduced.

(Straight out of camera JPEGs)

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Ok, so the weather was not helping out that day. It was rainy and I could not get anything interesting in the sky. I don´t find the image appalling just not interesting at all. The big issue is space, I barely managed to squeeze that image into frame with the 20mm on a full frame camera. In all honesty, I love fish eye lenses(even if I just sold mine) but I never thought I´d meet a shot that demanded anything wider than 20mm! But, right behind me there was a huge concrete wall and I just could not get around that limitation.

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I know the pic is a bit slanted, but that´s an easy fix. The big issue is that this building has a bunch of huge trees a few feet away from it, you can see them in the frame at the top of the pic.

To fix the shot I decided to tell the client that due to the weather I would like to retake those images. The reshoot is this Monday at 9:00 AM. I can´t seem to get a hold of any photographer friend that has anything wider, so, I´m guessing there is a way to deal with this that I have just not thought about. The pay wasn´t much, but my priority is not saving time and resources, it´s having a happy customer and pride in my work.

Thank you all for pitching in! I will post the resulting images after the reshoot.



  
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Aug 09, 2015 19:56 |  #2

You need a ladder or stand on top of a van or something, you are to low.




  
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Aug 09, 2015 21:32 |  #3

The reshoot is this Monday at 9:00 AM.

Why 9 AM? Why not 6 AM? Or 8 PM? Are you sure that 9 AM is when the light makes it look it's best?

I can´t seem to get a hold of any photographer friend that has anything wider, so, I´m guessing there is a way to deal with this that I have just not thought about.

Sometimes you can shoot several images & assemble them into a panorama. But I haven't tried it with that much wide angle distortion. Photostitch should be on the CD that came with your Canon. I've used it & it works well.

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Aug 09, 2015 21:56 |  #4

No amount of photoshop is going to make those images usable. You need to be farhter back, and higher up to lessen the distortion. A wider lens wouldn't help here as the keystone distirion would be even more dramatic. Is there a building across the street or somwhere you can shoot from a higher angle?




  
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Aug 10, 2015 15:39 |  #5

Talk to them and see if you can have more access to certain areas that would normally be off limits. Such as on top of building, etc.... I can imagine they can fulfill your request, being the school is the one who hired you,


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Aug 10, 2015 15:41 |  #6

iAMB wrote in post #17663869 (external link)
Talk to them and see if you can have more access to certain areas that would normally be off limits. Such as on top of building, etc.... I can imagine they can fulfill your request, being the school is the one who hired you,

+1

Also, I noticed you said SOOC JPEGS. I would shoot RAW that way you will have more control in post. Not sure if the a99 offers it, but possibly RAW+JPEG if you aren't comfortable with RAW yet.


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Aug 23, 2015 23:18 |  #7

Others have made good suggestions.
Study architectural images (good ones, not the crap that comes up in a Google image search) Architectural Record is a good start.

When looking at the images, ask yourself these questions.

Where is the photographer standing? What time of day is it? Where is the sun in relation to the building? What is the weather? How high or low are they in relation to the building? Are there trees? Did he get on top of an adjacent building? Did he shoot out a window? What is the relation of a building to its neighbor? Did he want people in the scene to show life? Did he shoot at night? Does he use vertical compositions?

Why are you constrained to 9AM? Is that the only time you are allowed near the building?

Architectural photography is an exploration of a space to get a view that makes sense to someone that is not there.
Try to explain the space with as few images as possible.




  
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