Friday, July 3, 2015

Edmonton from the Air

I recently completed an air photo assignment the purpose of which was to record images of the regional health care facilities.  This is an aerial view of the Royal Alexandra Hospital from the southeast.

The site is bordered by Kingsway Avenue running bottom centre to the upper left corner, 101 Street running from bottom centre to upper right and 111 Avenue along the top of the frame.  The Hys Centre (red brick building) is middle right, Glenrose Rehab Hospital top centre and Victoria Composite High School is lower left.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Commercial Interior Photography

One of the biggest challenges with Commercial Interior Photography is dealing with the extreme difference in lighting intensity - colour temperature - of the scene.  In this view there were areas of bright daylight outside the windows and fairly subdued areas within the space. Sometime I will use flash to fill in the dark areas but the larger the volume of the space the more complicated that becomes.  In these instances I find I have to use an assortment of images at different exposures to make the final photo look right - the interiors are bright enough and there is enough detail outside the windows.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Challenges of Architectural Photography

At first blush architectural photography seems pretty straight forward - point the camera at a building and press the button.  In fact there's a lot of thought and preparation that goes into an event that lasts 1/30 of a second.

Consider the state of the building; is it in fact photo ready?  Has the contractor cleared away all the bins and extra material left over from construction?  Is he planning on erecting a scaffold required to clean up deficiencies on the same day that I plan on coming out?  Is the landscaping done?  What if I show up and there's a delivery van parked at the front door?  Or if the landscaper chose that day for the delivery of a load of black dirt that has been placed in the worst possible location?  What if the owner has placed a huge 'now open' sign on the front of the building?  What time of day is optimal for photography?  What if the weather is dismal?  If the building is a long drive from home base all of these things can have huge implications.

This is a continuing care centre in western Alberta; all of these things had to be taken into account for this photo shoot.  Thankfully everything went off without a hitch.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Springtime in Alberta

I took this photo earlier in the week, first wild roses of the least that I've seen!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Anderson Burko Western Tour 2015

I took this photo of our friends Anderson Burko during their concert in Edmonton last week.  That's Roy in the centre and Darrell on the right.  Taken with the iPhone Hipstamatic app.

Friday, May 29, 2015

ATB North Hill

For this assignment the client wanted day and night photos of this recently updated financial services building.  Normally that's not a problem; I take one set of images in the day time and another in the evening.  In this instance this created a challenge because the building is a three hour drive from my home base.  And the front of the building faces north so daylight only spreads across the front of the building for a few hours in the early morning and again in the evening.  Lastly, when in full leaf the trees along the road obscure most of the new features on the building.

I have an iPad app that tells me where the sun and moon are at in given location and day.  Using this app - and a reliable weather forecast - I was able to determine the optimal time of day for the photos.  The daylight photos were taken around 7 pm and it took me about an hour.  Then hung around for the sun to set and the lights to come on for the evening photos.  Then I saddled up and hit the road for home.  A late night, but such is the life of an architectural photographer.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Alberta, 'Fortis et Liber' on Victoria Day 2015

Carved into granite at the Edmonton Federal Building, the provincial coat of arms of Alberta bears the motto 'Fortis et Liber' (strong and free).  The coat of arms was adopted in 1907 by Royal Warrant and was augmented in 1980 and again in 2008.  You can read more about the coat of arms att: