A Journey into Architectural Fine Art Photography

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at fine art photography. With a background in architectural photography, I’ve always wanted to combine the two. I felt that a fine art photography style with architectural subjects would allow me to be more creative with no limitations. Some new skills would have to be learned, both technically and artistically. The technical broad strokes can be figured out quite easily. The artistic side however, would require practise and no little amount of patience.

With so many great fine art photographers out there, there is plenty of imagery to draw inspiration from. There is also ton of detailed information online about creating fine art photography. Everything from equipment, technique, the various styles and the do’s and don’ts. So I wont go through all of that here. This post however, is more of a brief summary about my take on what I did to get to get up and running and what I learned from the process.

At the start some new equipment was needed, lens filters camera triggers etc. These items, along with my current camera kit, would provide me with the tools needed to start creating. The next step was to start looking at subjects in detail and deciding how best to photograph them. For the style of fine art I was looking to create, I had to look at creating presence, to pay attention to the perspective and contrast of the subject. I also had to incorporate long exposure techniques in to the process too. All of this made for a lot of trial and error. However, through persistence and lots of practise, I eventually started to produce results that I liked. My journey was under way and is still on-going.

After many hours and many attempts, the process became more second nature. My creative ideas began to take shape. I found that with a clear creative idea, and persistence, I was able to achieve the results I was looking for. In photography it’s easy to stick to what you know and be comfortable in how you create your work. The desire to challenge yourself to try new things cannot be underestimated, no matter if it’s art or life itself. In the pursuit of creativity, pushing the boundaries of what you already know by experimenting with new ideas is surely the way to go. Who knows where it might lead you.

Fine Art Architectural Images

Exterior Architectural Photography
Cadenza Plaza Building Dublin
Central Plaza Building Dublin
Samuel Beckett Bridge Dublin
Exterior Architectural Photography
Central Plaza Building Dublin
6 Pembroke Row, Dublin
Motor Way Flyover Dublin

A full gallery of my work can be seen on the architecture page of my website. So, if you have a question or would like to collaborate on a future project, please reach out to me. Here’s my contact page… lets catch up for a coffee and have a chat. I’d love to discuss what is possible for your next photography project.

Architectural Photography Winner at the IPPVA Photographer of the Year Awards 2024

Winning this award was an amazing experience. So I’m sincerely grateful for the received recognition. Because I truly love what I do, I have an unwavering passion for architectural photography. I’m dedicated in the pursuit of creating imagery that captures the magnificent structures we see around us in the world today.

Because the IPPVA awards is such a big event, so it has become the industry flagship event of the year in Ireland. These are prestigious awards, so they are judged anonymously by an experienced panel of judges. So images that receive an award must meet the highest standards in this industry. These awards are recognised as a mark of excellence for any winning image. A full list of the category winners can be seen here. So please take the time to view and admire all these stunning images.

So the event itself was a wonderful occasion. It was a great way to meet so many photographers from around the country. I made lots of new friends and great stories were exchanged. The quality of work and passion shown by the members was truly inspiring. So next years event will be another great occasion to look forward to.

My winning architectural photography:

Interior Architectural Photography
Award Winning Imagery – Paul O’Connell
Exterior Architectural Photography
Architectural Photography – Paul O’Connell
Architectural Photography – Paul O’Connell
Exterior Architectural Photography
IPPVA Architecture Category Winner – Paul O’Connell

A full gallery of my work can be seen on the architecture page of my website. So, if you have a question or would like to collaborate on a future project, please reach out to me. Here’s my contact page… lets catch up for a coffee and have a chat. I’d love to discuss what is possible for your next photography project.

Foggy Dublin Photography – Making the Best of Irish Weather

When it comes to the weather in Ireland, there is a perceived notion, that our damp and rainy temperate climate is not really ideal for landscape and outdoor photography. From my own experience as a Dublin photographer, I’m inclined to go along with the notion that the Irish weather can sometimes be challenging, but at the same time it can be surprisingly rewarding too.

Of course we do get good days in Ireland too, where you can get out with your camera and take beautiful photos on sunny days. However, there are times when the weather is not so good, bringing lots of rain, overcast and grey skies, and days that are filled with fog and bitterly cold. Miserable days like this might make you want to stay indoors, but if you are willing to get out there with your camera and brave the elements… then there are some great atmospheric scenes and locations just waiting to be photographed.

A Dublin Photography Shoot in the fog:

One day at the start of December in 2020, the weather was set up perfectly for some foggy Dublin photography. I had done my homework the night before, as I do most nights if I plan to go out and take photos the next day. The forecast was predicting lots of fog and very low temperatures. I got all my photography gear ready and made sure I had the right clothing, warm gloves included. The images that I’ve shown here are a small selection of what I captured on that day.

Tips for improving your foggy weather photos:

  • When planning a photography shoot in the fog, it is essential to check your local weather forecast the night before. Get familiar with good photographic locations that you know are prone to decent foggy conditions.
  • Choose a lens with the right focal length based on the desired result you are looking for. A longer lens will compress the image, making the fog look dense. A wider lens will have the opposite effect and make foggy locations look less dense.
  • Try and use manual focus settings on your camera when possible, as auto focus is not always best suited for foggy conditions, due to tiny liquid water droplets that hang in the air.
  • Foggy conditions usually occur early in the morning when the wind is low and the sun is not at full strength. So be sure to get to your shoot location early.
  • Have all your camera equipment packed and ready the night before. Make sure your batteries are fully charged and memory cards have lots of capacity on them.
  • Choose appropriate clothing, especially in Ireland and always have a spare camera battery and memory card.

See more of my Dublin Images.
Check out my IPPVA profile.

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Grattan Bridge – Dublin 2020
The Hapenny Bridge – Dublin 2020
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Sandymount Strand – Dublin 2020
The Poolbeg Stacks – Dublin 2020
Benburb Street – Dublin 2020