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Saturday 22 January 2011

Harpenden Sunshine Site Visit

There has been a longer time between the last visit and better weather has meant noticeable changes with far more of the raw materials cluttering the small site. It has lots of small working areas than was the case when creating the large slab – this detail work is most apparent in what will be the basement car park where the workers are under cover and the lighting levels caused me to shoot at ISO 4000 where above ground, out in the open where when the sun was shining I was as low as ISO 100. However, with modern cameras and the latest software I was still able to take handheld shots that are not seriously degraded by noise.

Talking of modern technology, the laser leveller was in frequent use to ensure that the concrete-laying was to fine tolerances for good final drainage.

Something I also noted was how at the start of the day the men had thick outer high-visibility jackets, but with the sunshine and hard work the men were breaking sweat and soon abandoning these heavy garments to reveal their smaller and lighter tabards, and these notable splashes of bright green were adding further protection from sharp reinforcing iron or tops of scaffold poles, as these made useful coat hangers! Ironically shedding them here rather than going down to put them inside a Portakabin probably also kept up workflow productivity!
I did try to ensure they did not feature too strongly in my images though. Another aspect that I also bore in mind was to try to avoid too many examples where the Toureen Mangan logo or names were upside down.


  1. Rod, I don't know if you’ve tried taking night time shots where people are wearing the fluorescent jackets - it's impossible not to get massive flash back. (I am an absolute amateur though).

  2. Hi Temporary Cabin Guy,
    and anyone who has experienced this!

    Hi Viz jackets are designed to do just that – reflect any light from the viewer's direction back to the viewer, so car headlights pick out a person in a jacket with the Hi Viz stripes. The trick to get round this is to light from another direction. So, set up a light that is quite a way off to the side, and if possible either a reflector on the opposing side, or another light of lesser intensity on the opposing side.

    In daylight, do not shoot with the sun directly behind you – apart from anything else, you're likely to have your shadow in the frame!

    Sorry I am replying late. A tip – leave an email address and I can reply directly.