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Architectural Photography

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The iconic Ayala Tower 1 designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP and Leandro V. Locsin & Partners

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I studied Architecture, I practiced construction for 2 years. Our family is in the business of construction. Since the time I made photography my full time career the first two big clients I had is in the manufacturing industry. For the past 3 months almost all of my major shoots are in the real estate and resort – hotel business. Since I shot mostly their interior and exterior designs it was so time consuming straighten up the converging vertical lines, it also came to a point that one of my client saw a degradation of the corner frames due to stretched pixels. A little tip regarding perspective,  in architectural drawings vertical lines are drawn straight, vanishing points should be in the right directions also. These are the things a photographic image should replicate from a drawing. It came to my idea that investing an architectural lens can lessen my post-production time and provide me a great level of adjustments with minimal image quality loss.

The Canon 17mm TS-e Tilt-Shift lens came along. It is one of the finest if not the best architectural lens today. It is the sharpest and “contrastiest” among the lenses that I have now. The well built heavy lens comes with a hefty price tag at $2,7xx or P130,000 in pesosesoses. I have been using it for alsmot 3 weeks now and I can tell you that, its all worth it!

With this lens and a new style set of post-production I’m doing, I think this will give more value to my client to have the best image possible.

I simply enjoy every frame I take it with it now, my dream to be a fully pledged Architect might be diverted to be the best architectural photographer out there. Anyone can dream right? 😉

Ok so i’ll probably stop my hands typing and show you what the lens can do. Take note that these shots are composed of 6 or more exposures to produce a High Dynamic Range, I don’t like HDR-Halo type of images (personal preference) so theres a another step I’ve done here to make it less prevalent and make it as natural as possible. These are post-processed in LR3 and PSCS5 workflow.

These shots were taken from a walkabout shoot in Makati yesterday part of the “I heART Makati, I love the Philippines. I love being free” event going on.

Here’s the beautiful RCBC Plaza designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, in cooperation with local architectural firm W.V. Coscolluela & Associates

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Regie Fernando

Head creative artist and director at Imagesmith. Founder of Pinoy Photography Org (PiPho). Loves gadgets and tech hence the alt name "tekgik". Interested on techie stuff? follow me on Twitter. Wanna see latest photo / video musings? follow me on Instagram. Wanna hire me? :) inquire at www.imagesmith.ph.