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University of Calgary Downtown Campus -Calgary Architecture Photographer

March 21st, 2011 admin No comments

I try to keep my ear to the ground for new great architecture projects happening in and around my home town(s) but this one passed me by. I saw the building during construction before I knew what it was going to look like. Marshall Tittemore Architects retrofitted an old downtown medical facility into the University of Calgary’s Downtown Campus. Seeing it during construction I had my fingers crossed I would get to photograph the building for someone, or else I would have to photograph the building on my own time. Luckily enough Award Magazine called me up looking for images.

Holt Renfrew Calgary -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

February 25th, 2011 admin No comments

Luxury is a slight understatement. I was really stoked to shoot the interior of Holt Renfrew’s new flagship store in Calgary. This masterpiece designed by Janson Goldstein is said to have a $45 Million dollar price tag, definitely not an ‘every day’ interior shoot.

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A shoot of this scale is a whole different ball game compared to the residential interiors that I blogged about last. In the last interior I could change the whole lighting in a room by adding a single skrim to bounce or block light. (A skrim is a large piece of white/black fabric suspended by a frame. Mine are 5×7 feet, made of PVC and nylon). Lighting is less controllable in a room ten times the size; you can only minor adjustments without considerable volumes of equipment. Composition also requires a whole new bag of tricks, even a fisheye with a 180 degree view angle won’t capture the amount the human eye is seeing when you step back from the eyepiece. Working with extremely wide angles will start to develop very unnatural looking perspective when looking up or down, photoshop will help correct for these oddities, but pixels can only be stretched so far.

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When shooting with a model, or subject the location is a setting or story for the subject’s actions or existence to take place. However when shooting an interior the location is the story and the subject.

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So what is a photographer to do? The location is lit, the building is built, the subject is already styled. Simply walk in with an expensive camera hanging around your neck? Go back to the basics; you’ve got a camera and you have control over it’s function and composition.

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I drop all my equipment; skrims, tripod, even camera and walk. I close one eye; making myself avoid the way depth will change the way I perceive the room. My viewer is going to see this room on one plane, looking at it with two eyes will present it much differently. I walk back and forth pacing to see how I can rearrange solid objects without touching them, cleaning the visual chaos into simple shapes and presentable objects. Explore space using depth with perspective, repeating objects and familiar objects. Balance and offset objects of different sizes and significance to keep the eye moving and entertained.

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As I stood in Holt Renfrew long before your eyes would see the images I was playing Jedi mind tricks with you. I, and any other person who has a camera holds the power to control or even distort your perceptions of anything at all.

I am in control of your mind.

Residential Photography

November 20th, 2010 admin No comments

I love not only to photograph the beauty of interior design, but also the functionality my clients build into a home. Could you really see yourself living here? or does it just look like a pretty un-realistic dream? I for one dream of cooking in a kitchen as beautiful as this one by Studio A Interiors

Photographing Interior Design- Vancouver Architecture Photography

January 10th, 2010 admin No comments

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Architectural and Design photography is a pleasant polar opposite to shooting action sports like skiing. On one of my most recent ski shoots the temperature must have been below -20 Celsius plus wind. When it’s that cold batteries stop functioning, and they need to be warmed up on location; unfortunately the warmest and best place to heat a battery on your body also happens to be the most uncomfortable. I don’t think I need to go further down that road for you to pick up what i’m saying. I was alternating between freezing the only parts of my body that aren’t already cold and hanging out the side of a parkade 20 feet above the frozen ground to get the angle I was looking for.

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Compare a chaotic shoot like that to interior architectural work; indoors, warm, dry, very little risk to my own well being. It’s quite a luxury. That said getting the shot still isn’t a simple or easy matter, especially when you have a bit of photography OCD like myself; making the pictures as close to perfect as you can in camera. Shooting interior design requires many tries, tweaks and adjustments to capture great photographs which really flatters the location.
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Buena Vista Ranch

September 19th, 2009 admin No comments

I find myself all too often alone in the woods in the dark of night shooting. This shoot a couple deer kept passing through at unpredictable times, their rustles in the brush gave me a big startle every time. Coyotes calling in the night, and a couple animal sounds I have no experience with all gave me the heebey-jeebies. Luckily despite my run ins with the ‘locals’, being out of cell phone reach if I did get taken down, and one semi bum leg I got out alive.
And got the shot.
Buena Vista Ranch
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As for the picture itself the long exposure and multiple variables it made for a challenging and fun picture to take. 40 minutes to get the star trails, light painting to fill in the trees, and manually flipping the switches for lights on the building itself. The interior lights were only on for 2 seconds each, while the porch lights were on for 4 seconds. As for the light painting i was using a hand wound LED flashlight for 15 minutes = sore arm