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.