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