Architectural photo opportunity

 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum seen from the roof of the new parliament

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum seen from the roof of the new parliament

As an idea for next weeks shooting you should think about architectural photography. Classical or contemporary; architectural photography can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Here are some hints and tips to get you started.

 Foyer of the parliament

Foyer of the parliament

Don't stop at the outside of a building and think as well on the inside which counts but can be difficult to get the colours right in an interior setting. Mostly due to different forms of artificial lighting. Try to compensate accordingly the White Balance. Interior shots tend to be difficult because of windows and doors and mostly a lack of natural light. Using a tripod and taking long-exposure is an solutions but seldom feasible if you aren't directly invited to do this kind of work. Supplementary lighting, such as flash or video light can help but can ruin the scene of the original atmosphere and detail.

This week I had the opportunity to capture some images in the new building of the Vietnamese parliament. As predicted on a tour like this it was not possible to bring a tripod, additional light or even a camera with a tilt and shift lens to get the lines more straight and natural. So it was just my 21mm lens and that's it.

 Assembly hall

Assembly hall

Nevertheless I got what was possible and tried to get the best possible out of this opportunity.

Caprichos del Tiempo

Fashion and beauty with natural light