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January 29, 2017

The 3rd floor.

Is where we spent most of our time on the 2nd day, although the Kenmare Suite here…
One of the first pictures taken of the Kenmare Suite during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. was actually up some stairs – and so they also referred to this as Room-401 – which is where we left off the day before.

So after turning their beautiful room upside down…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. it was lit…
One of the first pictures taken of the Kenmare Suite during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. captured…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. and studied – as Marcus by the looks of it here…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. was also very keen to see this the final result:
Kenmare bedroom Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

The Killarney Suite was next on the list…
Quick shot of the Killarney suite at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. which they wanted shot from closer to the door into the room instead…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. so once again it was lit…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. studied…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. tweaked…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and this was the final result:
The Killarney Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

Before going next door to shoot the sitting room area…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. which when lit…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. captured…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and Dianne had finished doing whatever it was she was doing here…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. ended up looking like this…
The sitting area in the Killarney Suite in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. before we stopped for a well deserved bite to eat…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. out in their Garden Terrace – which I talked about shooting 2 years ago.

Which just left the Signature bedroom…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. to light…

.. capture…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. study…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. and tweak…
One of the first pictures taken during the shoot at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. to create this the final result:
The Signature bedroom in the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish County of Kerry.

And so that was it – time to pack & rack…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. just before nightfall – very tried…
Behind the scenes at the Killarney Park Hotel.
.. but also very happy smile.

Which just leaves me to say a Huge thanks to everyone involved here at at the Killarney Park Hotel – and also for making us feel so welcome throughout our stay – from Claudio, Dianne & me @ ampimage.com … until the next time smile.

June 13, 2015

Keeping it real.

Over the past week or so, Marie & I have had some great discussions, about not only styling but also about lighting too – when it comes to creating images for others to use.
No rights or wrongs of course, just different points of views, as to what one believes is right – based on what all the images are going to be used for and by who, etc, etc.

So looking back on the work we did a few weeks ago – while we were down in County Kerry at the Killarney Park Hotel
The Killarney Park Hotel in the town centre of Killarney in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. the one thing that we both agreed on, is that it has got to look real.
And so that’s like ‘our style’ or what we try to aim for – even thought sometimes, it may not be entirely real at all wink

Anyway, below shows the first image taken of this bedroom…
First image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.

.. where nothing had been done by either of us, bar Marie had places a few items over at the window seat.

So that is real, in that, that is what it looks like if you were to simple walk in and take a picture of what was there.
Your eye will naturally see it slightly different, as your eye can record more levels of light – so the dark areas won’t look as dark and the white areas won’t be as ‘burn-out’ – as you will be able to clearly see what is outside the windows too.
Plus on top of that, your eyes are constantly moving, so therefore it’s like your are recording thousands of images to make up ‘the picture in your head’ – whereas the camera only records a single image from a fix point, with a lens that is fixed rather than one that is constantly zooming in and out too.

So it is different – but nevertheless both are considered to be ‘real’ – as we all know that the camera never lies, even though we all know that’s not entirely true neither wink

Anyway, our goal with this type of work is to make it ‘look good’, make it look like somewhere you would want to be – and as real as possible too – to complete the story we are trying to tell.

So I actually work very hard on the lighting, to create a look that ‘looks like’ I didn’t do anything at all – as seen here…
Deluxe bedroom suite at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. while Marie does a similar thing, when it comes to the styling of such rooms.

In other words, we both work very hard to make it look natural – or Real – as opposed to an illustration or something that you would only see in Disney World wink

And that is in fact something that we have both worked very hard on over the years – but the funny thing is, the better we become at it, the less people realise how long it actually takes to achieve this look – and so that in itself has obviously lead to problems on pricing (which I won’t get into here, as that’s a completely different story).

But anyway, back to the shoot we did a few weeks ago – as usual I start by taking a picture like this…
First image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to see what it actually looks like from the cameras point of view – ‘as is’ type of thing – and then team kicks into place…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to add the finishing touches – and about an hour or so later – which may be hard to believe – the final image (or in some cases images) are captured.

And this was the result…
Superior bedroom suite at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. which should, if we have achieved our goal, look as if I did nothing at all bar took a picture of what happened to be there at the time… using ‘a good camera’ of course wink

And so it was – first I put the camera in place and took a picture…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. then the team kicked in to make it look more inviting…
One of the first image taken of the bedroom suite at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. and finally it was lit and styled to within a inch of our lives…
The fireplace in one of the Junior Suites at Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. to make it look as one would expect it to look – if you just happened to be lucky to be there at the right moment in time.

Talking of being lucky, well in a way we where, as you can see here…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. it wasn’t the best of days to be shooting outside.

Still, after adding some light…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. practicing the pose…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. and some lengthy talks…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. the sun finally came out to play – so it was all hands on board…
One of the first image taken of the Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in the Irish county of Kerry.
.. to create this image…
The Garden Terrace at the Killarney Park Hotel in town centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. of their new Garden Terrace, which is located at the rear next to the Garden Bar…
The Garden Bar at the Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. were we all enjoyed a few cold beers later on, needs to say smile

Anyway, there you have it – doing our best to keep it real, but hopefully making you want to be here too…
The lobby fireplace at the Killarney Park Hotel in Town Centre of Killarney in the Irish County of Kerry.
.. as that’s our goal – as we invite you into ‘our world’, through the images that we create.

From Claudio, Marie & me @ ampimage, trying to make you feel like you are already there, in “the kingdom” of Kerry smile

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