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On Assignment: Corporate Architecture Photography – Volvo Trucks Repair Center for Montoni Group


There is no secret to architecture photography. It’s all about being there at the right time, no matter how early it has to be. Although in most cases, I shoot blue/golden hour photos at dusk, it does happen once in a while that I have to do it at dawn. In this specific case, considering how this main facade of the Volvo Trucks repair center (built by Montoni Group) was oriented (south and east), I had no choice but to get up at 3am in order to be able to photograph at dawn between 4-5:30am.

For these photoshoots, I always make a point of arriving 30-45min early so I’m sure not to miss the right light and it was no exception there. After waiting around 45min, the blue hour reached its peak at around 4:45am. What I love about the photos below is the balance between interior and ambient lighting. I also like the contrast between the blue sky and the grey building.

Dawn or Dusk photography is something that requires a lot of concentration as it doesn’t take long for the light to change. As you can see below, it was only less than 25min after that the golden hour started. Notice how cool the reflection of the rising sun looks in the windows and how well balanced the exposure is.

Now, time to show you the interiors. Nothing really glamour in this specific example, as it’s a repair centre. However, despite the space being mostly designed to be functional, it’s still possible to capture some interesting shots.

Even the garages do look really cool with their high ceilings.

Thanks for viewing!

David Giral is a published Montreal/Toronto based editorial and commercial professional photographer specialized in architecture, interiors, portrait and travel photography.

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1 Comment
  • Jason C

    Great article, I appreciate the openness and sharing of your thoughts and technique in approaching this seemingly simple structure. I’ve been exploring your blog pages and seeing a wealth of information. I’ve want to make the jump in to commercial architectural photography but need to get a hold of a tilt-shift lens. There is an aesthetic and dynamism to them that can’t be fully matched in post with regular lenses. Anyway, I really enjoy your photos and behind-the-scenes info relayed in your blog, this post in particular stands out for good reason. Thanks for sharing!

    2019/06/01 at 3:04 am

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