This is a project that has been in the works for sometime. My pre production scouting shots started back in November 2020 and June 2020, politics is always gets in the way. The architect and the builder wanted to use their own photographer, simply out of my control. My client got their final images back and only one or two images were usable.
This building has a north elevation with no sun on the North side until the month of June. This was critical to capture this in the natural light lighting with the sun lighting up the North elevation. The solution is wait until June 2021 shoot ground exteriors and drone shots then. Being patient, waiting a year to do it the right way always makes all the difference in getting a hero shot. We are now close on re visiting the exteriors for the final hero shots. Let’s start the interiors now.
We finally get the approval to start photography in February 2021. I always make recommendations from my pre production scouting in this case, I recommended adding art to walls for color, I was overruled. How to do take a static shot and add some dramatics? I decided to had some motion blur to the images with people. Careful placement of the people adds just the right amount of human interest. We will be coming back to add video at a later date.
A nice lobby shot to show the brick add some people and shoot late afternoon, so there are no reflections in the glazing at the reception desk.
The nurses station let’s continue adding a motion blur where it works.
Adding a couple people, setting the furniture correctly all help make this work.
I did not have control of the time of day to shoot this shot, but to control the contrast in the windows three HRD shots were combined to make this shot.
Clean and simple and again HDR was used to combine three shots together.
What to do do in a shot like this? There not enough in this room to make this really pop but it is a required shot. Let’s add a motion blur to add some human interest.
We had to shoot in several different areas to show a patient group meeting.
All of out shots were done with and without facemasks. I actually shot this with many variations and really like slowing down the shutter speed to get some movement in the hand gestures, it just adds action and human interest.
Nice to have eye contact and in some of my variations. I slowed down the shutter speed to get some movement in hand gestures.
Being a licensed 107 Drone pilot it was nice to be able to get a bird’s eye view of the project.
A good overall exterior view but your hands get’s tied with street lights, you just have to pick the best vantage point. In this case the drone shot works the best.
Early morning light gives this a nice shadows. I always like to get no cars in my architectural shots but many times it’s very difficult to achieve. This was shot in HDR and combined three shots to lower the contrast.
This time of the year you always get pleasing shadows, take this same shot in the summer and your shadows that won’t be attractive. What really works for is the architects design of the different planes and the their choice of colors.
Good natural light brings out the colors and defines the shape of the different planes.
It all depends on what kind of light you prefer, this is late afternoon hard light. This light gives hard shadows with contrasting colors that are vivid. The light standards are busy but it is possible to retouch them out.
A similar shot to the above shot but after the sun goes down, I like both views it all depends on what story your going to tell.
A nice courtyard shot. My first try had to cancel, the ascent lights were not coming on at dusk and no access to the first floor meeting room. Back the second time, all the lights are on, shot in HDR combing three exposures for the final. My final variation replaced the sky with something that was pleasing and looked natural.
I would have liked to shoot this later to get blue light out the windows but I had many different angles to shoot, can’t be in all of those places at one time.
I just like the architects selections of colors both inside and outside it all flows really nice.
This church was built in 1855 and Jackson Construction was hired to do the remodel and bring this back to life. It’s hard to image that from these photo’s the church is 166 years old. What a fun project to be involved in.
This was quite a process to bring this beautiful structure back to life. We shot the old spire being removed and the new spire being installed along with drone footage. The old spire weights 11,500 pounds. The new spire was made out of fiberglass and weights 300 pounds and was fabricated in Texas.
All of the existing stain glass was removed and sent to Iowa. The stain glass was disassembled, labeled, re-leaded, reassembled, welded back together and shipped back to Marysville.
It’s hard to image that this church is 166 years old what a fun project to photograph.
Project: Riverview Dorms CSUS, Sacramento, California, USA
The Architect did a great job designing this building. The kitchen and corner areas were designed to take in the views of the river. I particularly like the addition of a person reclining on the couch, adding to the natural, real feeling of the center photo.
We were able to succeed in capturing the photo’s with and without people. Movement using people humanizes the photo’s. Although sometimes difficult to provide people in the shots at dawn and dusk, we were able to achieve this, thanks to Otto Construction. Having the pre production scouting shots done prior to the shoot we were able to know where we wanted people for all of our final shots, no guess work.
Bedding, props, and artwork were not provided in the dorm rooms. Otto Construction brought in all the bedding and props all I had to do is style the shot. I particularly like the contrasting colors of the bedding in these rooms. I added the artwork on the walls in photoshop.
Here is a final with the fence down, clean, crisp and colorful. With massive trees behind me I wanted a warm glow in the glazing but the trees were to big to do that. I decided to have the trees frame the shot and have the trees reflecting in the glazing for the final.
These shots had a north orientation which meant no sunlight on the north side of the building until June. The only solution was to shoot at pre sunrise and dusk. I actually like the dusk shots better the pre sunrise shots and these kind of shots always depends on the building orientation.
After the major exteriors were completed at dawn, I flew the drone to capture some birds eye views of the project.
On the interiors there was a major problem holding detail in the light fixtures, the solution was to bracket five shots and put those shots in an HDR program to reduce the contrast in the ceiling. The exterior interior view was something that just caught my eye and had to shoot some variations of this shot.
I always like a one point perspective it’s simple and both sides of the photo just pulls your eyes into the photo. I would have preferred to have all of the trays filled with food but because of Covid-19 the kitchen has remained closed, so we do the best we can with good clean composition.
All of these shots we had a team of three people to help clean the space. With the school shutdown because of the Covid-19 we had lots of cleanup to do. Since we do not have any color in the trays for the food, I decided to add some movement of people for human interest.
Lots of cleaning the stainless steel and all of the glass counters had tons of dust on them, major cleanup to get the finals shots.