I just recently completed a photo assignment for architectural firm PBS&J, where the project was located in the panhandle of Florida, at an Air Force Base in Panama City called Tyndall. I also photographed at an Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, but as it is a home for special operations for the Air Force I was told if I show any of the photographs I would have to kill you afterwards. I would like to show you some of photographs I took of the Fitness Center at Tyndall.
Almost all these images were photographed using available light and HDR photography. This job presented some challenges as they were getting ready for the ribbon-cutting the next day, everyone was cleaning, running around and in general it was organized chaos. Because of time constraints and so many people around that were out of my control in all the shots, I decided that using lights was out of the question. In most cases I was trying to blend natural light with tungsten or fluorescent lights. Most of the corrections for this were done in Photoshop using Curve Adjustment layers and mask.
Besides all the people, we had monsoon rain showers off and on all day long and I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to get the exterior photographs I needed. Luckily, after about 3:30 in the afternoon the clouds broke up a little and I was able to shoot the exteriors. The twilight shot is made up of nine different exposures, I had to use that many exposures because of the reflective nature of the metal on the front of the building. I had to add grass on both sides of the building as there was just a small amount in the front, and I decided the clouds were distracting in the sky, so using Content Aware Fill I took the clouds out leaving a clean blue sky.
This was my first time working on a military base, but not around military people, and as always, it was a pleasure and honor to work around these brave and honorable people.