The Hotel

Wow, what a few months it has been. I’ve traveled three countries, with many interesting locations. World Cities like Amsterdam, to villages not bigger than a street crossing.

One of the more challenging assignments was an interior shoot of the Scandic Hotel in Antwerp. Two complete days I spent changing the setting, framing, lighting and shooting of countless hotel and meeting rooms.

In less than a week, we delivered over hundred finished and retouched images, ready for next year’s tourist season.

Here is a look behind the scenes, courtesy of my iPhone.

The gear used include a Nikon D4, D800, 14-24, 24-70, 70-200, 105 Macro and 5 SB-700 Speedlights. To move around we used several carts to lay all gear on.

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We lit all rooms with flash light, exposing for the outside light, and matching that with the speedlights. I used another speedlight to command the groups.

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Another challenge was shooting attractive pictures of the exterior of the building. This included dodging traffic to get access to highway overpasses, waiting for the right mixture between the ambient light, the lights of the hotel, and the amount of traffic.

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Also we shot several images on the rooftop.

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And the results?

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Want to see more? check out the set on Flickr!

In the end, another happy client, and already a new assignment to come back and shoot even more locations in the hotel!

 

If you ever are in Antwerp, I can wholeheartedly endorse the Scandic Hotel. Its friendly staff will make sure you feel right at home!

Thanks to Nikon Professional Services Belgium for letting me play with one of their D4’s!

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