I attended a Washington Photo Safari workshop yesterday, during which we practiced photographing the lobbies of the beautiful Willard Hotel. It's a premier historic D.C. hotel and has been restored to its original decor. During the session, I concentrated on white balance settings and on getting level shots (not easy with only a monopod and no level!), both of which I really need to hone. As such, I didn't get a plethora of great shots, but I got some valuable experience. Below are a few I've edited for CC.
Oh, I just bought calibration software but haven't installed it yet. Hopefully, these photos aren't too dark here.
1. I loved the old-style phone against the architectural details carved into the molding. Is it too lemony colored?
3. More detail of the beautiful door handles. Is the reflection of the lights too distracting?
4. Shot of the corridor with guests at high tea. I wasn't using flash, so I had to rest the camera on the floor and lie down to prevent shake. I wanted to get some of the rug pattern in the foreground. I wish the light fixture didn't dissect the top middle part of the photo, but no other crop worked as well.
5. Column in main lobby. Yes, I know there are some blown spots. For this and the next shot, I used my new 55-300mm zoom.
I LOVE stuff like this! These are cool. They're all really neat, but my faves are #3 and #4. I think #1 would be a fave too except that it seems like it would benefit from a touch more contrast? I'm not sure. I love the POV and the DOF on it, though... really cool.
Have you done photo safaris before? I just heard about them this week. Sounds SO fun! I love, love, love #1! I agree with Tracy that maybe just a little more contrast could be nice. The door handles, and columns make me think... Beauty and the Beast or Alice in Wonderland kind of fantasy. Like they should start talking or something, lol.
Thanks for everybody's feedback. I'm trying to get a portfolio together to put online but keep picking apart all my work and need lots of the unbiased critique you ladies give.
A couple of you mentioned more contrast in #1. I'll play around to see what I can do. I did try to up the contrast originally but was losing details on the phone when I did. I might have to mask the background and apply contrast to it only. Also, I wish the phone had been an original with a rotating dial but I understand that guests needing push button features might grumble!
Originally Posted by momof5sweeties
The door handles, and columns make me think... Beauty and the Beast or Alice in Wonderland kind of fantasy. Like they should start talking or something, lol.
LOL! Actually, it was my first Photo Safari, Tina. I'm hoping to do one a month from now on. They run from about $74 to $99 or more, depending on the number of hours, so I'll have to budget. They are going to have beginning and intermediate studio portrait workshops soon that I really want to take.