I have been a contact lens client of VIP Eye Care every since I moved to St. Petersburg nearly three years ago. I chose them as my contact supplier since they were an independent local business, rather than going with one of the chains or an eye care place in a department store. They recently moved to a new location and had a ribbon cutting with St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, which I attended and took a few photographs of. That began my business relationship as a photographer with Dr. Henri and her staff.
By networking at the ribbon cutting event I learned that there was interest in having professional interior shots done. A few weeks later, the shoot was scheduled and VIP Eye Care returned the favor by helping my local business by hiring me to do the commercial photography work.
The focus of the interior shoot was to highlight how many pairs of glasses were on display while also showing the exterior view of 4th Street North. To accomplish this I used the HDR photography technique.
The lone exterior shot requested was a night shot showing light trails from passing cars. Since cars passing straight across blocked much of the ground level windows of the boutique, I decided that traffic making left hand turns was better. However, it took quite a few signal cycles until there were enough cars heading in both opposite directions to be able to make the desired shot. After making this long 5 second exposure, I took another faster exposure so that the signs on the building and the signal post were not blown out. I then blended those two images in Photoshop CS5 using a layer mask to reveal the signs on the long exposure image.
I look forward to continuing both my eye care customer and commercial photographer relationships with VIP Eye Care and its friendly staff.