Lately I’ve been photographing a lot of long exposures. And I’m especially intrigued by architectural black and white long exposures. Inspired by artists like Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia-Anna Gospodarou I’ve been wanting/planning to do a shot like this for a long time now.
Finally a chance arose. A building in my hometown of Leiden, The Netherlands, suited my ‘needs’. It is located close to the railway station and most people I know are not really fond of it. It’s called ‘the Achmea building’ because it is owned by a large insurance company with that name. The building has been designed by VVKH architects and they have been very much influenced by the art movement from the 20’s called De Stijl. One of the characteristics of the building is that it’s very colourful! Indeed a logical choice for a long exposure black and white capture right?
I’ve checked out this spot a couple of times to check the conditions, best compositions and finally, the light was right last monday. To spoil the fun it is not a ‘proper’ LE. During the shoot I did not manage to slow the shutter enough to get the kind of motion blur that you see here. So I had a little help of software & Processing. I definitely need an 10 stop ND now!!!
Finally I bought an 10 stop ND filter. I got the one from Hightech because I use other filters by Hitech and am very satisfied with the results. But the Pro Stop 10 IR as it is called just blew me away. Usually I get huge magenta colourcasts when shooting long exposures. But with the Hitech one I get a little Blueish colour cast which i find much better than a magenta one. I like my images cool anyway 😉
After acquiring the 10 stopper I kept looking for new possibilites and I discovered a new building being built in my hometown Leiden. This wat the first time I could really use my newly bought 10 stopper… The building looked strange and awkward and it had a little of an alien feel to it so I likes it immediatly. It took me some time to find the right angle. Then I waited until the clouds were almost right, set my exposure and off I went.
Here’s a look at the first composition I made, It was from the angle in which most people approach the building and is was not quite working for me. So after some shots I decided to get on my bike and see if I could find another, better angle. It was exactly at the opposite side of the building that I got what I wanted. A very sharp corner of the building stuck out and gave it a look like it was a pyramid, I had found my angle!
Of course you cannot get a picture like this completely right in camera so here’s how it looked in camera before the processing starts.
Below there is an example how I would normally process it it would come out looking like this… it still needs some work but I like it as well. But in my mind’s eye I already previsualised that it was going to be square, dark and black and white.
The building is designed to be used as a school and can house up to 5000 students. Designed by Meyer & Van Schooten Architecten B.V. the building is still under construction. It will be put to use in september 2013. Initially I wanted to call it ‘The Mothership since it has such an alien feel to it. But Hybrid Pyramid has a nice ring to it as well.
Where now? I’m off to search for more characteristic modern architecture buildings and maybe do a series of these… I think I’ve allready found a new candidate. Now all I need is the right conditions and a little time to go out shooting.
Here’s the final image: Hybrid Pyramid, Nikon D90, ISO 200, 22 mm, f 20, 28 seconds, Polarising filter & Hitech 10 stop pro IRND (click to see large)
The third one of my series of Long exposure and architecture.
The ROC buiding was designed by Rau and partners and its built for educational purposes. It houses a school, offices, sports and a parking lot.
Stuff used: Nikon D90, Sigma 10-20 F4-5,6, 20mm, ISO 200, f16, Polarising filter, Hitech 10 stops pro IRND, tripod, remote release and a 30 seconds exposure.
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Update Update… And yet another candidate to my series…
A fourth addition to my black and white architectural series; The Deloitte Building in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Check out the other images I made that day: http://www.martijnvandernat.nl/shadows-stockings/
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And a new addition to my series, ‘The Astellas’ ISO 100, 20 mm, f22, 181,8 seconds, Hitech Pro 10 stop IRND, tripod, remote release. (Click on the image to view large)
Adding to the series a 2017 image of the Museum Corpus in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands