Monthly Archives: August 2012

iPhone Photo of the Day

On location in Atherton, California with William Anderson Interiors!

Workshop: Gulf Photo Plus

I’ll be teaching 4 days of workshops at the Gulf Photo Plus ‘PhotoWeekend 2012’ event November 7th – 10th, in Internet City, Dubai, UAE.

It happens to be conveniently located midway between Oz and Europe, for what it’s worth…and I know there are a few folks who read my blog from countries in and around the Arabian Peninsula, so hopefully this is of interest to someone!

We’re scheduled for 2 days of “Intermediate”,  which will be a variation on my usual Real Estate Photography workshop, with a little extra thrown in. Then there’s a 2-day course that is more in-depth, and throws a little lifestyle photography in, just for fun.

A word of warning: I’m going to be working the Advanced class pretty hard. We’ll be shooting long hours, and hitting twilight exteriors, too. And you’ll be up late doing post-production on your images so they’re ready for the group critique. The way I look at it, if I’m gonna fly 15 friggin’ hours to be there, we’re gonna get some work done. Heh.

GPP has never done an interiors/arch workshop before, so this is kind of a test case, to see how much interest there is. Hopefully there are a few Emiratis who are interested in something other than the usual skinny-babe-in-stripper-heels workshops. Although to be fair, my fellow instructors at this event are pretty amazing. Certainly David Nightingale and Brooke Shaden do NOT shoot clichès!

Hit any of the links above for more info.

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Pediatric Office by Martinkovic Milford

If you follow my blog, you know I love bold design. Bold colors, bold shapes, bold ideas. So when I saw the scouting photos of this San Francisco pediatrician’s office, I knew I was in for a treat.

Justin Martinkovic (Martinkovic Milford Architects) used both shapes and colors to define this space, as you can see below. This office is inside a building best described as, ummm…..Soviet-Style. It’s about as non-descript as it gets, on the outside, and on the inside, it gets even more bland. But you open the door to this office, and WHAM!

To make the shot above, the camera was parked directly in the door, and at least 20 people walked by. Not one person failed to say something along the lines of “Whoa….”

To call this a lighting challenge is putting it mildly. For the lighting geeks who read this blog, I’ll just say that in addition to at least a couple of Arri’s, there are 2 strobe heads and 4 speedlights involved. The speedlights really earned their keep, because I don’t know another way to get good light above a suspended valence like this one.

The butterfly motif starts out near the base of the glass panel to the right of the receptionist’s desk, as a cocoon. Colorful decals work their way up the panel until the butterflies morph into beautiful little stamped-metal cutouts, suspended from the ceiling and floating away towards the right side of the waiting room. The effect is quite charming, and I saved the butterfly detail shot for last.

I kind of love this shot. We used continuous lighting to put highlights on the butterflies, so they would pop out from the green ceiling. A (tightly) bounced light from underneath put the shadows above them, which was a last-minute bit of inspiration. Here’s a detail crop:

All in all, I have to say this was one of the most satisfying days of photography I’ve had in a long while!

iPhone Photo of the Day

Early morning at Gardermoen…

iPhone Photo of the Day

iPhone Photo of the Day

Scott Hargis Photo
Sent from my iPad

iPhone Photo of the Day