May 28, 2015

St George's Round Church (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

This spring was the first time I've offered a course in Architectural Photography, and for the course's second field trip, we visited St George's Round Church. I'd been in the church several times before, but never with photography in mind.
Digital original, 21 frame exposure blend, three frame stitch
My favorite image of the session was of the church from the second floor looking towards the altar. Assembled as a three frame stitch from exposure blended images (24 exposures in total), it was one of my first new images assembled with the new HDR tool in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In some ways I am humbled by the potential of this tool, as it accomplished in minutes what would have taken me hours in Adobe Photoshop. Impressive to say the least.
Digital original
As there were two field trips (one for each iteration of the course), I spent the first working with the 17mm TS/E lens, focusing on the space as a whole, and then shifted to a long lens for the second. To be honest, I thought I'd be focusing on small architectural elements, but when I discovered the wonderful layers of the curved ceiling above the columns, I made more than a dozen separate white-on-white images, all of which were really pleasing.
Digital original, 8 frame exposure blend
The last image (above) makes me think of some of Walker Evan's interiors of old southern plantations (which isn't a surprise, as the building was constructed in 1800, and the Palladian style also flowed into the American South.

May 05, 2015

Double Take is on ViewPoint's Walls (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

A new exhibition by myself and Angela Creaser is now on the walls a ViewPoint Gallery. Open from Tuesday, May 5 to Sunday May 31, the exhibition's opening reception is this coming Thursday evening, May 7th, from 6-9pm!
From the show statement: Double Take features pairs of images by Angela Creaser and Eric Boutilier-Brown, photographs created during photographic trips they undertook together. As a couple who met through photography, Eric Boutilier-Brown and Angela Creaser have long been conscious of the differences between their creative vision, and Double Take focus on exploring and celebrating the best of these differences.