Photo Shoot - Kichler LED

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JimLewis, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    These are from a project we finished today. Just thought I'd share the photos. I'm still not so great at taking night lighting photos but I felt these turned out better than a some I've taken in the past.

    These are all Kichler Design Pro LED. The spot lights had the Amber Lenses installed.

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  2. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    And one more little straggler.......

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  3. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Those look really good. When I got my new Canon I had a friend of mine who does photography tell me what settings to use. I never would have figured it out without her helping me, but the pics turned out awesome.

    I wasted 3 nights trying to figure it out myself and I was at the point of just paying someone. LOL
     
  4. Zohan

    Zohan LawnSite Member
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    Well how about sharing those settings:):)
     
  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    those trees are way too hot...and no it's not just the camera.
     
  6. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    BTW...any $150 camera has a night landscape setting and will take excellent pics if you are even halfway coherant.
     
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    You're referring to the two birch trees in front. The Japanese maples are lit up just perfectly. But those two birch trees were a little hot, yes. And we did move the light fixtures back about 8" after the photo shoot, which helped considerably. But the problem is there wasn't much room to place the fixtures any further away from the tree. You can see in the photo below, there is just a small circle inside the small lawn for us to place the light fixture in. We cannot place it in the lawn. And to cut the lawn out and make the circle larger would make the already small lawn look silly. To use a smaller fixture wouldn't have been right either. This was the medium spot light from Kichler, with the 35 degree arc, which is the right fixture for a large birch tree like that. And if we had gone down to the small kichler fixture, the light would not have climbed up the tree branches all the way. So we were just limited. Pulling them away did help. But that was about the most we could do given the space. Plus, their birches with white bark. Those always look hot because they reflect so much light. I think we made the right choice here.

    The light fixtures on the brick are just a tad hot too. I would have liked to pull them back another 12" as well. But as you can see, there is a hedge limiting my options there too. And those were already the smallest spot lights available.

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  8. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your nuts. Actually just shows how little even most landscapers in this industry know.
     
  9. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Jim it looks good. We all know how that actually looks at night. I would say thought that it can use 2nd story lighting. In developments like that you need something to make your work stand out. And highlighting the height of the home is going to do that for you.
     
  10. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I understand you may not know much....I've done it. I maintain a 1500 light system and have taken many....MANY pics....some of which have been published. I enjoy photography very much, and when you actually TRY to maximize a piece of equipment, you would be surprised how much a pocket cam with a tripod can do. JUst because YOU can't, doesn't mean others cannot.
     

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