Photographing Romans – Mosaics & Architecture Photos At A Roman Villa

Photographing Romans – Mosaics & Architecture Photos At A Roman Villa


So in my last video, I
singularly failed to get a picture of a building which is what I’ve been
trying to get. I just saw that video yesterday and
it’s probably another couple of weeks since this video that
you’re watching they will have been denied and it nearly broke
me the amount of walking that I had to do that day and if one
thing is proving to me that I’m not I’m not going to be a great
landscape photographer. I’m not keen on walking at all I really
have to build up my my kind of health and stamina if I want to
do that sort of thing. But anyway, so today I came to
someone nowhere near as big a journey or as long walk around
as place called Chad with Roman Villa which is a Roman filler in
Chad with I mean that’s it really again, it’s another
National Trust property. So there’s a few limitations on
what we can do today. Place closes at five, it’s now half
past four ish probably coming up to the quarter to three there’s
not much to photograph because it’s a Roman Villa but a lot of
its it’s been torn down and I really came here because I
wanted to see the place but obviously I wanted to take some
photos at the same time and when I got here I realised there was
this quite nice Victorian museum and that building itself it’s
stone at the bottom and it’s white and red at the top. is
very nice and might just do for the sort of shot that I was
after the kind of the the building shot that I was after.
Not as imposing as a castle perhaps, but still quite an
interesting place. So I’ve taken a couple of exposures already,
I’ve said the camera to, I’m using fairly basic settings
today. So I’m on f8 haven’t touched that it’s f8 because
it’s easy. I’ve put it on 201 200 shutter speed. And I’m
letting the ISO sort itself out because time and time again,
messing around with the ISO has been the thing that’s that’s
lost me some shots, I think, and I, so I want to solve that
problem. Anyway, I think I might have
solved that problem. And, like I said, taken a couple of
exposures. I’m quite happy with the way they turned out. This
was actually the very first shot of the day and you know, once I
got it back into light room, it didn’t quite have that
architectural feel that I wanted from the image. In fact, none of
the shots were really winners for me, even though I find some
of them quite pleasing. There wasn’t really enough of the
Roman Villa left to Anything that was particularly portfolio
worthy. There was this one though, one of the remaining
walls I do quite like the way that the light falls over the
wall of the image image, but they’re getting back into light
room. The one image that I had, that I found quite interesting
was this one of the tree. It was a totally unexpected shot. It’s
not something that I thought much over the time. But in
hindsight, I suppose it’s quite interesting and it was fun to
play around with. There’s something about the editing
process of editing trees, editing the bark of trees that I
quite enjoy. I also played around a little with some
texture overlays and Photoshop I’d never done this before. My
mom does it. She’s a very good photographer, and has produced
some really amazing images with text it so I thought I’d just
give it a go. One of the things that this trip really helped me
with was just to get some images to play around with, you know,
things that I could push the boundaries on the back a bit to
see how far I could go how far I was comfortable. With going with
image manipulation, I did ask people on Instagram whether they
liked this, the consensus was that there was too much editing.
But there’s there’s something about this image that I find
quite pleasing. And after taking a look around outside, I headed
indoors to look at the uncovered mosaics. I’ve just combined
probably one of the biggest draws here, which is the mosaics
that they uncovered the income of a little while ago, actually,
but they are always doing work in order to preserve. And
actually people have built over those mosaics over hundreds of
years. And so now they’re having to uncover them, I try to get a
few shots. The only problem of course, is that it’s very low
light level and I reduced my shutter speed for start, which
helped an awful lot, but I didn’t want to go too low on the
F number I’ve kept better by f8 because I know that that’s one
of the ways that I’m getting sharper images is to keep that
that number just up a little bit just particularly on this lens
wasn’t true of the 18 to 200 that I was using before.
definitely true every 18 to 300. So I’m really relying on my auto
ISO to pick up any inconsistency there. And of course, when
you’re relying on ISO, that means you’re adding a lot more
grain into the image. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be an
unacceptable image when you actually get round to, to
viewing it. But it is something that you want to consider when
you’re taking a picture, if you’ve got that ability, the
great thing about coming to somewhere like National Trust
properties, and I have to say, you know, I’ve said a few things
before it might like the same like I’m doing them down. I’m
not I love them. I don’t think they’re fantastic if you don’t
actually get any photos out of it, and I think I’ve got a
couple of days so that’s all right. But if you don’t actually
get any photos that you’ve had quite interesting and quite nice
day eight and there’s plenty of things like this I’m sat on a
bench one of many benches that are provided for you around
Around the bar. It’s great. I love it. It’s fantastic. I don’t
know why people wouldn’t want to come to a place like this. If
you’re a photographer there. Again, I’d never got a sort of
Victorian house like that today and the potential of getting a
mosaic shot, even though I probably, I probably wouldn’t
have anything but you know, you will see. And here is that mosaic shot.
And I have to say, without an awful lot of work in light room,
I wouldn’t have this at all, there was a tonne of green in
the image that you just couldn’t get around. And I had to do a
lot of work, I had to put a lot of contrast in there. Lots of D
hazing in there as well to actually try and get some
definition on the little tiles. Actually, I had two images that
I processed with mosaics on but this is by far the strongest by
far, the one that looks like a sort of traditional mosaic. So
that was it. my visit to chat with Nothing special but I might
have got a couple of shots out of it. And one of the things
I’ve been talking about recently is you know if you can’t get out
and do those those big long trips then coming to places like
this actually a pretty good idea because you get an awful lot of
experiences shooting a lot of different things and you get to
choose what it is that you enjoy doing the most Now I mentioned
in the last video that I didn’t particularly want to to find a
niche or anything but I was trying to get a building shot at
the same time because I wanted to try a black and white sort of
landscape be building a shot maybe with the the idea of a
fine art photograph, I didn’t get it because I just was in the
wrong place. But I still had a good day because I came to
somewhere like this where there’s plenty of history is
plenty things to see and do. And once again, as you can probably
tell I had problems with the light because I’m very limited
to the times that I can come here to actually shoot anything but I just all right and You
don’t have to wait until the light is absolutely perfect to
take a shot. Yes, you’re going somewhere to take a particular
shot, then you have to go there at the right time The right day.
But for the majority of us who are just trying to take
pictures, then you know, go where you can when you can, and
take those pictures is the best way of not only learning the
craft, but also getting a decent portfolio together because you
never know when that one shot that you’ve taken is going to be
something which is good enough, nine years ago in your
portfolio, but perhaps to actually hang in a gallery. And
there the day might have ended but so often happens. It wasn’t
until I got the last shot of the day into light room that I found
a black and white image that I actually really liked. I love
the foreground of this actually, I love the war. And I’m pretty
pleased with the composition as well. It actually reminds me of
The Addams Family has not that it’s a scary hospital but
actually the original house was painted pink so that it showed
up better in black and white I think you could have very
similar sort of effect with this, as well. It’s, it’s a very
bright house. And I think that gives you a lot more texture to
play with. When you do change the image to monochrome. This
was pretty much the architecture shot that I was looking for is
not quite right. But it’s definitely a genre that I want
to explore more of. And definitely the dodging and
burning that I did on this is it’s fulfilling my desire to do
something more artistic with some of the images. So I’d
really love to know what you think of the image here. In the
comments below. Remember, I’m still learning. So I’m always
looking for constructive criticism, always looking for
that little bit of help that something that I might have
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2 Comments

  • Steve Mellor Photo Vlogger

    January 12, 2020

    Thanks for the comments on the last video. Tell me, what is the strangest place you've been to in order to take photos?

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  • chris davis

    January 12, 2020

    Thank you for another interesting and informative screening. Highlights of this one for me are the footwear at 5:02 (a freeze frame suggests the items were behind glass?) and the monochrome architecture starting around 8:37. As to your prompt about strangest place….that was probably 10 years + ago in parts of Kolkata.

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