Interior photography is something that I do quite a lot of, mainly because of my interest in both exploring unihabited buildings and architecture. Industrial architecture is something that I love but for this project I’ve decided to look a into a few more domestic types of buildings, buildings such as Schools, Houses and Religious establishments. What I hope to have done is created five images that show an understanding of interior photography, but are also something a little different and perhaps more interesting than the norm.
1. The Ark Synagogue, Liverpool
The Ark is a closed Synagogue in Liverpool, despite the Ark being closed since 2008 it remains in brilliant condition and is an impressive building on both the outside and inside. The Ark boasts some lovely art deco features due to its construction in 1927 and is today listed as a grade 2 structure.
This photograph was shot at ISO 100, F8 for 15s at 16mm. An apature of F8 was selected for two reasons, the first been that the lens I took the image with (Sony 16-50 F2.8 – F3.5) works best at F5.6 – F8, the second been that F8 will ensure that everything in the image is sharp providing the focusing is on point. The image was shot at ISO 100 to ensure that the image was presented at the best posible qaulity, keeping grain to a minimum and getting the best out of the availible dynamic range. A shutter speed of 15s was dialed in to provided me with a correct exposure for my chosen apature and ISO settings. Only natural light was used in the making of this photograph. Compositionally the shot was centered to create an image with close symetry, however not all the central objects line up perfectly meaning the symetry is not quite 100%.
Very little processing was required for this image, however the highlights where dropped slightly to reduce the glare from the windows and the saturation boosted by +2 to bring out the blues in the image, this was done in RAW. The image was then saved as a TIFF to ensure maximum detail is retained.
The, Ark, Liverpool, Merseyside, Synagogue, Jewish, Religion, Religious, Building, Art, Deco, Seating, Blue, Wood, Teak , Congregation
2. Holly Lodge Girls School, Liverpool
Holly Lodge is another recently closed facility in Liverpool, the school, like the Ark is also Grade 2 listed. The Lodge was constructed in 1828 and hosts a selection of beautifully tiled corridors adorned with period wood and plasterwork. The college closed last year and currently lays abandoned.
The below photograph was shot at ISO 100, F8 for 13s at 16mm, again for the same reasons as the above image, to create a sharp photograph that makes the best out of low grain and dynamic range. Compositionally I found this to be the best photograph availible in Holly Lodge as it shows all three mentioned highlights of the lodge in one image, the woodwork, tiled floors and elegant plasterwork. This image for me personally is the interior photograph that would sell the lodge to the viewer.
The processing of this image consisted of a slight sharpening to really enhance the plaster work, a small cropat either side of the image to enhance the composition and a saturation boost of +2 to bring out the colour mainly in the tiles and the lamp shades. Again all of this work was carried out in the RAW stage before the image was converted to a TIFF file.
Holly, Lodge, All, Girls, School, College, Staircase, Tiles, Tiled, Floor, Plaster, Work, Victorian, Architecture, Grade, II, Listed
3. Lawrence Street Methodist Chapel, Liverpool
Lawrence Road Methodist Church was erected in 1903 and is constructed in an elegant ‘Italianate’ style. Today the church is in danger of being demolished to be replaced by a block of four storey flats. The Victorian society are hoping to be able to get the church grade 2 listed and begin an attempt at restoration. Today the Chapels future remains somewhat clouded, personally I hope the Victorian Society suceed in catching the attention of English Heritage. As with many other beautiful and historic locations such as this one I feel they deserve to be recorded for future generations.
The image was shot at ISO 400, F4, for 30s at 16mm. ISO 400 isn’t an ideal ISO to shoot this image at I am however limited to 30 second exposures on my Sony A77MKII at the moment as I don’t currently own a cable release. 400 ISO on a camera as advanced as the A77MkII isn’t too big a deal however, Grain is virtually none exisant and although the dynamic range will have been damaged slightly this can be rectified in processing by boosting the exisiting colours. An Apature of F4 was used also as a comprimise, I used my depth of field priview button to see how low I could drop my apature (to allow in more light) but still having everything I wanted in focus at 16mm. F4 is as low as I could drop my apature without damaging my image by creating a shallow depth of field. The image was lit using natural light spilling in from the windows as well as light painting from a blue filtered spotlight. This was done because I like the natural oranage and green lighting mixing in with the artificial white and blue light, it creates a colourful image that atteacts the eyes to certain parts of the image.
Processing consisted of a crop and a slight straigten, dropping of the highlights and +2 saturation, all done in RAW. The image was then exported as a TIFF.
Organ, Blue, Pews, Wood, Stained, Glass, St, Lawrence, Street, Methodist, Chapel, Church, Night, Light, Painted, Long, Exposure
4. The Grange, Leeds Beckett University
As said in the introduction piece I am a naturally curious person, I like to explore and get to know my surroundings, and knowing where the local areas of interest is all a part of that. During an hour break I decided to have a walk around campus, knowing that the building was used previously as a war hospital during WWI and that the majority of the buildings on site are Georgian I guessed that there must be some areas of interest worth photographing. That’s when I came across ‘the grange’ and it’s fantatic spiral stair case.
I manged to get permission to photograph the stair case, but without the aid of a tripod, still the image has come out well considering it was taken at 1/100th, F2.8 ISO 800.
In processing the image was straightend and sharpened by +1 on the slider, the contrast was then boosted by +2 and the white balence shifted a few degrees Kelvin warmer. The image was then processed from a RAW file to a Tiff.
The, Grange, Leeds, Beckett, Becketts, Park, Hospital, University, Spiral, Stair, Case, Plaster, Work, Georgian, Building, Grade, II, Listed
5. Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station, Turbine Hall
To finish off with I thought I’d add this image I took inside the turbine hall at Ferrybridge Power Station, I wanted to add this image simply to show that I am capable of photographing large scale industrial interiors as well as inclosed and open plan civil and ameinity style buildings.
The image below was taken at an 8th of a second at F4, ISO 400. I was quite rushed to take my photo’s in here, but I still had plenty of time to think and put into practise what I needed to in order to create a good photograph. I knew I needed an apture of at least F4 to create the depth of feild I would require to be able to get all of the turbines and the gantry crane into focus. An ISO of 400 was used as it’s still a nice clean ISO rating with a good dynamic range and next to no grain but would still give me the option of having a relitively short exposure time. My fill in shutter speed for correct exposure at ISO 400, F4 in the turbine hall was an 8th whilst set up on a tripod. This allowed for a quick but clean and well thought out photograph to be taken without hindering staff or workers.
The processing of this image consisted of a left hand side crop, and an increase of contrast by the usual + 2 on the slider. The image was then converted from a RAW file to a Tiff.
Ferrybridge, ‘C’, Power, Station, Turbine, Hall, Parsons, 500MW, Units, Industry, Industial, Interior, Enamel, Lamp, Blue, Silver, Closed