This is the new Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston, Virginia, which I photographed for the architect Wiley|Wilson.
This twilight shot was a challenge because there was no landscape lighting on the brick façade. As the sky was beginning to blue up, here’s what the scene looked like:
I had a couple of Canon Speedlites with me, as well as 2 LumoPro LP180 flashes. I scattered the speedlites around the front entry area and experimented with various configurations and power settings until I was happy with the look. Here’s the starting base exposure I used:
I continued to move the lights around to test different looks. Below is a contact sheet of several of the trials, some of which were ultimately incorporated into the final layered Photoshop document. The sky is variable because not only was I moving speedlites, but I also was adjusting ISO and shutter speed as the ambient light dropped.