April 28, 2010 | bfeldman | Photography

A beautiful day for a photograph

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The morning of April 9th, 2010 was a perfect one here in St. Louis. John Berendzen and I met up before dawn at Emerson’s new Data Center to take advantage of the wonderful light and snap some photos. John carried my bag and made sure I got the best angles while I manned the camera. Photographers know that early morning and just before sundown are typically the best times of day to photograph because of the different nature of the light. At these times of day, the low angles of the sun creates bold shadows and the additional atmosphere that the sunlight travels through gives the light softer tones of yellow and pink.

Another trick of the architectural photography trade is to choose a day after it rains. The rain will clean a lot of particulates (haze) out of the sky. Also, days after rains tend to have nice cloud formations.

Finally, equipment does count. An SLR is handy, but not necessarily required. What is necessary is the ability to control the aperture to maximize depth of field and clarity across the entire image and a lens with a wide angle. For these shots I used my older Canon EOS XTi with my Sigma 18-50 F2.8 EX lens. Someday I will be able to afford a wider lens, but this Sigma does a great job at the wide end and using it at medium to narrow apertures gives pretty good edge-to-edge clarity (for a zoom). A tripod is a must for architectural photography – and a good assistant!
Thanks, John 🙂

See the rest of the photos from the day (including technical specs of each image) at my personal PBase photography site.

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