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I found myself back in the SF Millenium Tower at the end of October, shooting a very nice residence by my friends at Muratore Corp. We shot the spaces “straight” and then did a round of lifestyle images. Lots of photos, write-up, and behind-the-scenes images, after the jump!
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!!
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.
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….
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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On location in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, with Muratore Corp.
Photo by Alan Vance
Above: composing the shot by the reflected view of the Live View screen, in the bathroom mirror. Camera is about 2 inches from the surface of the mirror. Operating the shift and rotation ring backwards was….tricky.
Photo by Alan Vance
Leveling the camera. With the center post tilted back, the usual pan/tilt/rise knobs on the tripod head no longer work as usual. Any camera move required a combination of two or more axes of motion.
Lower leg of the tripod is in a Bogen superclamp mounted on top of the short lightstand. Pendant lamps are flagged off with cinefoil so they don’t reflect in the glass of the shower stall, visible behind me. Couldn’t just turn them off because they were on the same circuit with other lights that we needed on.
Yet another fun afternoon with Cindy Bayon, this time in a high-rise atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill, documenting more past work from Muratore. This traditional condo has a to-die-for view of the Golden Gate, Pacific Heights, and The Marina. It also has one of the best collections of original Julius Shulman prints I’ve ever seen. Can you say “pressure”? 🙂 More Photos After the Jump!
I first became acquainted with Muratore when I was shooting last fall for MB Jessee, capturing Matt’s outstanding venetian plaster work in a newly finished residence. I was impressed with their work, and when I got a call from designer Cindy Bayon to shoot two more units in the same building (San Francisco’s Millenium Tower), I jumped.
We shot through two days and got some killer stuff. The Millenium Tower is a premium address, and the typical resident likes a “certain style”, so there’s no lack of great material to work with! Cindy was awesome to work with, and it took no small amount of coordination to make everything happen. In addition to working with 2 homeowners for access, I was making images for not only Muratore, but also MB Jessee, and Vantage/BTicino, as well. Not everyone’s needs overlapped, but everyone got what they were looking for, and I’m thinking that one or two of these will find their way into my portfolio…..so I’m calling this one a win. See the rest of the photos – Click Here!