In the field – architecture shooting

After all the “technical shots”, demonstrating more that the setup works, I would like to show you a small architecture series now. The location was exactly what I had in mind: A clear modern architecture with lots of verticals and horizontals, as this is a good play ground in order to check out the possibilities of the camera.

College du Commerce, Geneva

One special feature of this camera is that the freedom to chose the final image aspect ratio is endless ! The first image shows a nice panorama of the site. The final image consists of three rows of five frames each. The aspect ratio is 1:2,5 in this case – a nice wide view.

Centre du Commerce, Geneva, II

With 1:2,2 the aspect ratio is very similar in case of the second image. Here four rows of images were used for the final shot.

Centre du Commerce, Geneva, III

Going away from the panorama format the third shot has an aspect ratio of 1:1,5. Here four rows with three frames each are photo-merged.

College du Commerce, Geneva, IV

The squared format is and was one of my favorite approaches since many years. The last two shots come up with an aspect ratio of 1:1,1 and 1:1,2. Five rows of images are used in these cases.

College du Commerce, Geneva, V

There is still room for improvement also on the technical, or I should better say “operating the camera” part of the game. As each shot is made from a huge amount of single frames, one tends to speed up the shooting procedure by e.g. not locking the lever which blocks the movements. This is potentionaly dangerous ! As the two standards are close together, the tension via the bag bellow is rather serious. Once the movements get to the extremes either in shifts or rise/falls, also a swing of a standard can accidentally occur with the nasty effect that the focus for these frames is slightly changed. In the worst case this can spoil the whole shot.

Another thing I will try out in the near future is to have a laptop on site and check the first test shots directly on site. Adjusting the focus is the tricky part. But in case you got it right, the amount of detail is amazing: In the third shot one can spot a logo engraved in one of the glass panels, looking at a RAW file at 100%.

As I already said, if you want to shot quickly, this is not the way to go for. Fixing all levers shot by shot helps to get the maximum quality out of it.

Stay tuned ….

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