Received this promotional email yesterday…
.. and so after sending them an invoice for this additional use our work here, I talking to Marie about this and she said:
“I remember you texting me straight after the shot to say you’d got it – and then yes, I knew there was a huge blending job needed – and the only one who spotted it was Sun 🙂
I think you should blog about it …”
(Sun Lee by the way, is a photographer who we have worked with before when shoot in London – whose computer & lighting skills are second to none – so if you are looking to work with the best, I can highly recommend him.)
Anyway, yes Marie was right (as usual) – so here is the story behind this image, which I think some of you may find interesting – as the reality really was A World Away or in this case, about a mile away.
Back in 2007 we had been asked to produce some image for this Hotel to use – and so one of the images they naturally said they would like, was of the exterior – ideally from across the Bay. So we had a look and I took a this quick recce shot of it…
.. using the longest lens I had with me at the time, which was the Canon EF-135mm-f2.0L.
Going to need something much bigger than that I reckoned, if I was going to produce an image here, that they would want to use – so I decided to buy the biggest lens I could afford for the Hasselblad – and so ended up buying a second-hand Hasselblad 500mm f/8 Tele Tessar lens from Ffordes in Scotland the following week.
A bit of a beast to put it mildly – and trying to produce an image that was sharp with that, require two tripods in the end – one for the camera and one for the lens.
Anyway, a few weeks later we headed back down to the hotel to produce some images for real; however, the weather wasn’t great, so I didn’t manage to get this shot.
And so it wasn’t until the summer of 2009 that I final got around to seeing what I could do.
Headed down to Kinsale the day before and so was set-up ready to go the following morning, as the sun began to light it up…
.. which looked great, bar there was a slight haze – which over that distance, with the 500m lens was very noticeable.
Tried the 250mm f5.6 Sonnar CF lens to see if that was any better…
.. which it was; however, the Hotel actually did looked like it was a long way away.
Still, I liked the boats in the foreground, and so while I waited for the haze to clear, I took different pictures of what all was going on in the Bay – like this image for example…
.. which I really liked because of the fisherman.
Nevertheless, this was roughly how big I wanted the Hotel to be in the frame…
.. which I could only get by using the 500mm lens.
The 250mm was perfect for this…
.. which looked great in the foreground – especially since the name on the back of the boat said “Oysterhaven” – this being the Oysterhaven Bay after all, which therefore really did help complete the story I was trying to tell here 🙂
Also loved how these yachts looked…
.. as they added a bit of class – but as you can see, they are over to the left of the hotel, which is now almost out of frame.
So what’s the solution ?
Well how about this…
.. and that’s when I text Marie to say “I’ve got it”
Okay it still took me a while to bring it all together back in the studio, but this was the result…
.. which I reckon very few people will ever realise was actually created rather than just taken… because we all know, the camera never lies.
Having said that, they also say: “If it looks to good to be true, then it probably is” – so I’ll let you decide which is truer here
That’s advertising for you – which is what we specialise in, i.e. creating images that you will want to use, to help make your dreams come true.
A World Away on your doorstep – 5 years on and still going strong – and now you know why – because as Marie would often say to clients: Great images don’t just happen… or at least, as you can see here, our’s very often don’t.
So the next time you see this image being used, I bet you’ll smile at the Carlton, as it is indeed a A World Away, because it’s been amped as we would say
And so that’s the story behind the story that this picture was created to tell