Every once in a while I like to get out in the evening and take some night shots. I particularly like this shot of a boat on the river near to my home. This was taken on my Nikon D40, a camera I love for it’s simplicity. I often use the D40 when I choose to leave the more expensive kit at home. It’s a highly capable camera despite its entry-level spec.
Needless to say I used a tripod for this shot, with the white balance set to tungsten. I also used a Nikon ML-L3 infrared remote to fire the shutter.
Earlier in the week I photographed a show home at a new development of 13 spacious town houses.
This was my first time photographing interiors, something I’ve been interested in getting in to for some time. I had the run of the show home so there was no pressure and I could take my time choosing the best angle and compositions.
The property was ideal material, being large, finished to a high spec, beautifully presented and with lots of light.
I used a tripod for the vast majority of shots and set the ISO to 100 and aperture to f11. In many of the shots I boosted the EV, in some cases by up to 2 stops.
A handful of shots required a bit of a tweak in Photoshop but the vast majority were fine straight out of the camera.
Houghton House is a ruined 17th century mansion just north of Ampthill in Bedfordshire.
The house was built in 1615 for Mary Herbert, Dowager Countess of Pembroke, although she died of smallpox just a few years later in 1625. The property then passed to Thomas Bruce, 1st Earl of Elgin before being acquired in 1738 by John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford. In 1794, his grandson Francis Russell stripped the House of its furnishings and removed the roof. He died seven years later, leaving no heir. The Grade 1 listed building is currently maintained by English Heritage.
Old buildings can make fascinating subjects for the photographer and Houghton House is no exception, with it’s crumbling towers and decayed features. There are lots of shapes and forms that you can use in composition.
Windows and doorways provide useful framing devices.
Yesterday I photographed the newly refurbished Hertford Museum. For me, this would involve a couple of areas of photography that I was interested in, specifically interiors and close object photography.
The idea was to produce a series of photos that would show both the museum and it’s exhibits.
Having just spent over £1m, the museum was in pristine condition and looking it’s best following the refurbishment that had taken over a year.
The two objects I enjoyed photographing most were the Victorian dolls’ house and the model of Hertford Castle. I was particularly pleased to be able to get right inside the dolls house and show the extraordinary detail.
Many of the exhibits were either behind glass or in perspex display cabinets. However, with careful positioning of the camera and a polarising filter I was able to eliminate most of the glare and reflections.
A gallery of the photos taken at the museum can be found on my website at stevebeeston.co.uk.