Highrise Residential — San Francisco’s North Beach

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One from the archives… About six months ago I spent two days with Muratore Corp, photographing one of their projects in San Francisco’s trendy North Beach neighborhood. This was one of the best projects I’ve ever shot with Muratore, and there have been a few good ones!!

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One of the great aspects of this remodel was the variety and quality of the materials. Rich wood cabinetry (Walnut and Maple), stainless steel, Carerra Marble, granite, and even Ostrich Skin all make appearances.

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One thing that made this a really interesting shoot was the fact that there were two strong elements in the place that were holdovers from the previous incarnation of the condo. In  1999, this place was “done” by Barry Brukoff, a Sausalito-based interior designer, and photographed for Architectural Digest by none other than Mary E. Nichols.

When the unit was sold around 2010, the coffee table and a set of large glass sculptural pieces (visible at the far left of the kitchen photo, above) were deemed too heavy to move, and so they stayed behind and were incorporated into the new owners’ plans. Cindy Bayon, of Muratore, did a radical renovation that included moving the fireplace, no small feat in a high-rise….

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Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots, including one of me, comparing my living room photo, with the view of Coit Tower, to Mary Nichols’.

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3 responses to “Highrise Residential — San Francisco’s North Beach

  1. Hi Scott I photographed a kitchen with those same beautiful ribbon-grain cabinets, and had a horrible time not getting any white light from the flash onto them. How did you get nice, even, light from top to bottom, like on the tall bathroom wall cabinet without getting the white cast? I found the upper cabinets in the corners especially difficult to get lit enough…I would appreciate any pointers you have, or maybe dark cabinets could be the subject of a video tutorial. thanks! Dawn

    • Dawn, it takes a bit of doing! For some of the kitchen shots we draped enormous (as in, 10′ x 20′) black cloths behind the camera and WAY out to the sides to block the daylight that was “glaring” on the wood. It would have been much better to shoot it at night, but that wasn’t an option for us.

      As for lighting, you have to bring it in at an extreme angle. The bathroom shot (second from the top, above) has no less than 5 separate lights. Pretty much every surface has it’s own light illuminating it.

      So it’s a combination of “subtractive” lighting (controlling the ambient) and very careful additive lighting.

      • Thanks, Scott. I have a friend with cabinets like this – I will have to go practice at her house to figure this out! I appreciate the tips – I’ve learned everything I know about interiors lighting from you! cheers, Dawn