I have been a bit remiss lately, not updating the blog with what’s happening, so I thought I’d add a short post about a recent architectural shoot.  A few weeks ago I was commissioned, by a returning client (Chaplin Farrant) to capture some external and internal images of a brand new house in Norwich.  

This stunning four bedroom house has a wonderful south facing aspect which is fully utilised by the lovely glass wall in the downstairs lounge as well as the artificial grass covered veranda leading out from the upstairs living area.

The whole property is on a large plot with a sweeping drive and lawn and garden all around.

The owner, who has yet to fully move in, was kind enough to leave me with the keys allowing me to spend as much time as I needed to capture this wonderful building.

Once again I utilised my 3m raised pole to get a better perspective on the house.

A lot of the garden has yet to be landscaped, so there is some selective photoshop work carried out to show the premises in its best light.  This involved ‘transplanting’ some grass, cleaning up the gravel drive, removing a washing line and few drains.  The next door neighbours house roof was also removed to create the ‘cleanest’ image possible.

I would never advocate doing this is the image was to be used in a sales capacity.  In this instance it is being used to represent the structure of the property in a RICS award competition.  The focus is on the structure, and what the Architects have done, rather than the neighbouring environment.

The interior threw up a number of challenges.  The biggest being reflections.  It was virtually impossible to take an image without seeing part of me, or my equipment, reflected in one surface or another.

Once again there had to be some subtle photoshop work to remove those distractions.

The next challenge was balancing the daylight, through the windows, with the lighting in the house.   Although I could have used HDR I prefer to merge multiple shots using ambient and flash lighting as this helps deal with any white balance issues better..  This way I can create a ‘natural’ feel to the lighting while ensuring that all the key areas are lit effectively.

This was the first outing for my new tilt/shift lens and it really showed its worth in reducing the amount of ‘vertical’ adjustment I had to make in post.