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I met a lady recently and told her about my art on RB. Next time we met she said she liked my work and would I photograph the motel she manages. So I borrowed a friends tripod and went there late afternoon asked for all the lights to be turned on. I took 70 images and this is no 70., taken well after sunset. The client did not want the white building in the shot as it is another property. However I did not want to crop out the palm out the back, so a little of the white building remains. It is very grainy but it will only be a small image on their website so hopefully not an issue. I would highly value critical and constructive comment. Please tell me how it could be better. E.G. People would warm the shot. So if the client wants it re-shot I will suggest we add people.

Focal length . . . 18
Fstop . . . . . . . . 3.5
Exposure time . 0.2 second
ISO . . . . . . . . . 1600

The client chose an earlier shot:


motel, building, cars, carpark, garden, palmtree, palm, lights, dusk, low light, kingscliffe, nsw, australia


  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago

    Hi Graham…
    If you want a more expansive shot with sky, why not just photoshop out the white building?
    . the car in the forefront could be gone while the one is the back is fine.
    I don’t think people are necessary.
    However the tone and time are for me so very nice

  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago

    here is another type of angled shot you could use

    just an fyi and hope this helps

  • Thank you Lina
    I value your time and constructive ideas

    – Graham Mewburn

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 3 years ago

    Motels by their nature – long & narrow – are very difficult. I’d suggest trying a montage of shots and you could then place an interior shot (for instance) over the white building. Have a look at you shots thinking storyboard style final result.

  • thank you Odille
    I value very much your good sugestions
    I’ll have to employ them next time as the client has chosen this shot:

    – Graham Mewburn

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