While helping prepare images of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, for a new run of postcards, I was confronted with the question of how to capture the entire building in one photograph – impossible because of the size of the museum and limited amount of space between it and the shops opposite. I recognised an opportunity to create the image not by taking one photograph, but by taking multiple photographs and carefully combining them using Photoshop image editing techniques.
The project required access to the shop windows opposite RAMM, and for me to capture as much of the museum as possible in as few shots as possible.
After ground level tests and several calculations I realised I was going to need a wider lens. For the final piece I used a 10mm wide-angle lens on a cropped sensor, wide enough to capture RAMM from top to bottom in one portrait frame.
As the photography aspect of the project relied on when shopkeepers were able to give access to their windows the lighting conditions were not ideal. Because of this I spent a lot of time removing the strong shadows that were present later in the day.
Hundreds of images and 50-60 hours of Photoshop image editing later the image above was produced.