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.
My plan was to set up at pre sunrise, turn on any interior and exterior lighting and shoot from a 12′ ladder. The idea was good but when you got to the top of the ladder we got to see all the mechanical equipment on the roof, cancel that idea.
I do like this shot and carefully placing the fence in the foreground eliminates the pavement.
I always like to have as many partial views as possible.
We move back inside after we complete our exteriors. Our client wanted to have some people in the shots to help humanize the spaces.
This works for being in open shade, nice scale of placement of the people.
Clean, simple make it look real and shoot the final image.
I think we covered all of the areas that we needed to shoot.
I like this shot not to busy with to many people in the shot.