Low key in architecture photography
Previously I had written an article about how to get a lowkey in portraits and following the line of that article today is to talk about how to get a low key in architectural photography .
I will omit repeating the explanations that I wrote in his day in the previous article, where he talked about this same technique to apply it in a portrait. If what you are looking for is accurate information regarding this lighting technique, I refer you to my lowkey article in portraits.
A diferéncia that in the previous entry the protagonist of this low key is a building, and to get this photo I used a series of adjustments and accessories that I will detail at the end of the writing.
Time and day of taking the photo
This photo was taken at 6:02 p.m. on the afternoon of June 7, 2012. It was a clear day, with the permission of some clouds that entered the scene at times. Taking into account these data, it can be intuited that it was a bright day with what the low key of the photo was achieved by configuring the equipment to underexpose on purpose .
The photographed building is Torre Mapfre , located very close to the Olympic port of Barcelona. The façade shown in the low key example that accompanies this article is the one that points towards the Hotel Arts.
Equipment used to take the photo
The equipment used to make this photo in low key was a camera body of the Canon brand great public range, together with a Canon 55-250 millimeter F4-5.6 lens with image stabilizer.
As accessories to this basic equipment I used two filters that helped me greatly underexpose this building to get the low key I was looking for. I used a 58 mm neutral density circular filter of the Kenko model ND8 that reduces the opening of the diaphragm in 3 steps. The other filter used was a 58 millimeter circular polarizer of the Hama brand that also collaborated in the final result by fanning the colors and modifying the light of the scene.
Camera settings and exif data
I adjusted the diaphragm aperture in F14, along with an exposure speed of 1/125 seconds and a focal length of 70 millimeters. The ISO speed was adjusted to a value of 400. This photo has no subsequent adjustment in post-editing.
Conclusion of this example low key
The settings configured in my photographic equipment added to the interaction of the filters used to underexpose on purpose got this low key example. If we take into account that I fired at F14 and in neutral density filter subtracted 3 steps this would be the same as taking the picture with a diaphragm aperture of F20. Taking into account the use of the polarizer we can almost assure, (I do not have data that show it), that we would reduce one more step of diaphragm. The use of this last filter and the ISO sensitivity significantly modified the appearance of the color of the photo.