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Bow Valley Center -Calgary Architecture

January 18th, 2012 admin No comments

A recent trip brought me all the way from Coastal BC to Calgary, part of the reason for all the road miles was capturing the newly renovated Bow Valley Center for Award Magazine.

Shooting in open public areas always provides a conflicting experience. The public can act as either an addition, or distraction in architectural photos. They may animate the space, helping describe the functionality designed into it’s shape. However at the same time they can detract from the eye’s movement around the space, as the human eye so pervasively hunts out the human presence in any image.

To capture the Bow Valley Center I worked to get the best of both worlds, which in reality is the way any space is seen and experienced by designers and patrons alike.

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Also, tagged onto this photo gallery are two images of the new Totem residence at UBC Vancouver.

Kelowna Holiday Inn

January 18th, 2012 admin No comments

Hager and Associates brought me to Kelowna to photograph the Holiday Inn which just won an award for the renovation from the InterContinental Hotels group.

Shoulder to shoulder with Hager and Associate’s Principle Designer, we worked through the floors capturing her favorite features, suites and details. Hotels often offer chaotic mixed lighting, with several types of lighting in each room, mixing with sunlight. A welcome challenge which takes a little time to de-construct, and then re-engineer using multiple images in postproduction.

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Is it Architecture or is it Interior Design

September 2nd, 2011 admin No comments

We use stories and photos to define people, places and subjects, to understand them and learn from them. However when the subject refuses to be defined, is it fair to be defined as un-definable?

Most shoots I do fall specifically in one category or another; architecture or interior design. However, when asked by Alberta Home interior design magazine, to shoot an architect’s home, lines become hazy. It would be quite fair to say interior design shoots concentrate on the materials and things that are inside a structure, while architecture shoots focus primarily on the shape of a structure and its functionality. In the lack of definition I found amazing opportunity for creativity as a photographer. Using architectural photography techniques to capture the interior’s design while using interior photography techniques to focus on, and clarify the architecture’s shape.

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On Assignment: Glulam

May 14th, 2011 admin No comments

A wonderful perk to my job is the diverse number of places my job takes me. When asked to highlight the use of glulam as a construction material I got to visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler BC. If you aren’t up on your building material vocabulary glulam = Glue Laminate = smaller pieces of wood glued together to create weight bearing beams. Rather than chopping down a whole cedar tree to create a weight bearing beam, many smaller pieces of wood create a single beam.
Back to the location; the Squamish Lil’wat is an amazing place of art, culture, and history, which I would argue is a hidden gem in the town of whistler. Personally I’m a big fan of Costal Aboriginal art, so having being forced to shoot inside the Cultural Centre was no burdon at all.

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

Calgary Architectural Interior Design 1

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