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Photos of latest project

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by EveningIllumination, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. EveningIllumination

    EveningIllumination LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Hi All,

    I finished this job last night. These are some very quick photos - not the best quality. All comments and suggestions are welcome.


    Can any body tell me, from these photos, what I need to change when I go back to take my portfolio quality pictures? landscapers will be planting seasonal flowers and cleaning up the landscape and I will be returning for more photos. Any help with photo pointers will be greatly appreciated also.
    Have A Great Day All!
  2. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    First of all, I commend you for putting your work out there for constructive criticism. It demonstrates to everyone how committed you are to learning your craft. Hopefully everyone will respectfully help you out.

    I think you took your photos after twilight and hence difficult to see what you did. The best time is right after the sun goes down while you still have some blue sky.

    I did notice the glare from the house sconces and what I think is a post light. It draws your attention to it immediately. If you can talk the homeowners into up and down sconces, it will help make the lighting look even better, a complete makeover. It is the first thing I talk about with a client.

    The front columns are too intense for me, maybe moving the fixture away from the target without changing the direction would help to soften.

    I think you are off to a good start, better pictures would allow us to assist you. Search for photography in the archives here and anything Steve Parrot has written, he is very good at this type of photography.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,102

    Another couple of ideas here that work magic with existing line voltage sconces, pots, and overly bright pre-installed fixtures:

    1: Change the lamps. By switching out the omni-directional A-Lamps to a directional PAR20 35W lamp you will soften the output considerably and remove the glare from the scene. We generally do this will all coach lights, wall sconces and the like. The effect is fabulous and it is a very cost effective change.

    2: Replace the switch that controls these fixtures with a dimmer. Not quite as effective as #1 above, but it will allow you to control the light output and make it blend in with the rest of the lighting system.

    I can see through the photography limitations... well done. :)
  4. AOLP

    AOLP Inactive
    Posts: 158

    great ideas above. little more light will make for a better picture. dimmers are a few dollars and will allow you to incorporate line voltage into photo. The sodium light on the street. The lighter it is outside the less you will notice it but if it is a light pole that you can throw a blanket over, maybe u can try that. looking good. What does your client think?
  5. EveningIllumination

    EveningIllumination LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    Thank You Tommy & James,

    re: The coach lights on the front of the house - I replaced the existing 40w lamps with silk wrapped 25w lamps - each fixture holds 4 and only two are tightened down - this helps a tremendous amount - due to the home owners association rules all houses must have this style coach fixtures. James, do the PAR20s came in a candelabra base lamp? These fixtures are also on a timer that come on with the portico light - no dimmer control for these.

    re: the columns have 20w MR-11 because with the portico lights on they did not stand out enough with 10w lamps - Compare Photo#1 to Photo #8 -- my lights are on a timer that stays on about 30 minutes longer than the house lights.

    The orange color is from the street light that is about 15' from the end of the driveway - not a thing we can do about that either I am afraid. Only really noticeable in photo #8
  6. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    It might be worth your effort to look into a home shield on that street light. Call the city and see if they can install one.

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