Friday, July 24, 2015

PAW Centre University of Alberta

Regular visitors to my blog may recognize this building because I featured some pictures of it toward the end of last year.  I was asked to provide some summer photos as well and recently returned to take this photo and others.  When the winter exterior photos were taken if was very cold, around -25C I think.  When this photo was taken it was +30C or so - a 55C degree swing in temperature.  Such is life in Alberta!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Shops at Boudreau

This retail and personal services shopping centre recently opened on the site of the old Hole's Greenhouse in St. Albert.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Encore Assignment at YEG International Airport

I first photographed this building at the International Airport in 2012; shortly after it was constructed. Now that the landscaping as grown in the owner asked me to go back and create some new images.  The building is the operational base ofr STARS air ambulance and the Alberta Health Services fleet of fixed wing air ambulance aircraft serving the northern part of the province.

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 year...at least that I've seen!