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Twilight Architectural Photography – Using Speedlites to Illuminate a Building Facade

This is the new Nelson County Courthouse in Lovingston, Virginia, which I photographed for the architect Wiley|Wilson.

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Final Retouched Image – Nelson County Courthouse

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:

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Twilight Approaching before adding supplemental lighting

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:

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Base Exposure used to build final composite

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.

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Contact sheet showing the various looks created by moving speedlites around

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