Photography

Architectural Photography: Power Plant

My most recent architectural photography session took me to a power plant near of Pittsburgh, PA. The trip was commissioned by Day & Zimmermann. The goal was to capture media for use in print advertising as well as online.

It was scheduled as a full day of shooting, leaving Lancaster at 8:00 am and returning around 11:30pm.  After a safety debriefing, we started our tour of the plant.  The massive structure was crawling with workers welding, cutting, and stacking.  For the morning session I concentrated on the interior of the plant and the workers themselves.  While I did use an on camera flash for some of the shots, a good portion were shot in natural light.  For obvious safety reasons, work areas were very well lit and offered a great contrast against the naturally dark structure.  Even at high noon, very little light penetrated the facility.

After lunch we drove around the plant on back-roads, looking for scenic shots of the plant in its entirety.  Once we found a high enough perch, we waited for night to fall.  I got a chance to experiment with some HDR (high dynamic range) shots and the multiple levels of lights adorning the facility.  The nature of architectural photography and shooting large scale scenes can certainly try ones patience.  Waiting to watch the sun go down was a drawn out and 2 hours, but offered a wide range of lighting for the architectural photography.

Foremen

Welding

Facemask

Safety Gear

Boss Man

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Homer City

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A Snowy Sunday

I decided to take the Mark iii for a walk downtown for the first snowy Sunday in Lancaster.  The goal was to practice double exposure.  My friend Karlo, of Karlo Photography, introduced me to the double exposure capabilities built in to the canon 5d Mark iii, and the snow seemed an appropriate test subject with my friend Emily Leslie.  The idea is to capture the subject with a blown out background for the first shot, and then capture some type of organic texture with the second shot.  The textures from the second shot will appear through the darkest areas of the first photograph, creating a double exposure.

Emily
Emily

 

After playing with the double exposure method, Emily and I walked towards downtown Lancaster to see what else looked unique under the white blanket of snow.  I was caught by Steinman Park and the reflections of the lit trees on the wet bricks.  To capture the full luminance of the scene I combined multiple exposures and tonemapped the HDR version.

Steinman Park
Steinman Park

En route to Irish Coffees at Annie Bailey’s, we snagged one more shot of the fountain and Lancaster Square.  This shot is an extended exposure, with the shutter open a full 30 seconds.

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Lancaster Square

 

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Winston

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Emily

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RC Towing

RC Towing just invested in two brand new flatbed tow trucks and wanted to show them off online and in print advertising.  GP Film and Photography was commissioned to capture HDR style photographs.  A beautiful sunset capped of a quick 3 hour shoot at Faulkner Chevrolet.

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Leander & Lailaani

My roommate, Leander, and his daughter, Lailaani, were kind enough to be my first test subjects for the new 5D Mark iii.   We took a quick walk down to Musser Park and spent about an hour playing in the leaves, swings, and park benches.  Pretty easy subjects to capture, if I do say so myself.

 

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