In the Garden Spring 2016

I go out into the garden with my camera whenever I can, usually on cloudy days or during the warm light of late afternoon and early evening, looking for anything and everything.  Leaves, flowers, blades of grass, bugs, spider webs, frogs…anything that captures my attention. Cloudy days are great because the light is soft and there aren’t any harsh shadows and the light from the low sun late in the afternoon/early evening makes everything glow. I love being outside at that time of day…you can feel night coming on and the world winding down.

Below are larger versions of the images in the collage above:

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Commercial Property Photography

November 2, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Back in mid-September I drove about 1,400 miles through Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and back into Georgia to photograph 18 commercial properties for a client. In early October I flew up to New York to photograph two more. I enjoy going back and forth between residential and commercial property photography – I like the change of pace and getting to switch out one set of challenges for another.

With residential property photography I’m mostly dealing with interiors where there aren’t usually moving objects (I bracket all of my shots so I can blend the different exposures – moving objects can sometimes be problematic) but I do have to deal with multiple sources of light that all create different color casts and white balance issues. With the commercial work, which has mostly been exterior photography so far, there is only one light source (the sun) so getting the white balance right isn’t usually a problem. But there are lots of moving objects (cars, people, trees blowing in the wind, moving reflections in windows) and the location of the sun always has to be taken into consideration.

Bojangles

The Bojangles’ above faces northeast. The front of the building is only briefly lit by the sun after it rises above the tops of the trees across the road and before it starts to move around the side of the building. On this trip is wasn’t possible for me to be at this property at that time of day so I just had to work around the face of the building being in the shade. This is where knowing your way around your editing software is essential for doing client work. I blended three exposures together and then selectively edited the shady area for exposure and white balance without making the image look unnatural.

Home Depot

When the face of the building is lit by the sun things are much easier. And I love it when the sky cooperates.

Sheetz

I removed a lot of power lines, utility poles, lamp posts and a few other distracting objects from this image. I don’t make edits like that to the images that I deliver to clients (unless requested), but when preparing images for a blog post or for my portfolio I like to clean up the clutter.

Regal Cinema

Long flat buildings like movie theaters produce images with a lot of sky and foreground. Cropping to a panoramic format can bring the focus back to the building.

CVS Lifetime Fitness

Circle K

This property took a while to photograph (it was rush hour and there was a lot of traffic in and out of the gas station) and quite a bit longer to edit. Four exposures and a lot of masking in Photoshop later and I’m finally happy with the results, though.

Remodeled Home in Sandy Springs, GA

July 24, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Sandy Springs, GA Real Estate and Interior Photography – Yikes!  It’s been almost four weeks since my last post! But I’ve been busy shooting, so that’s my excuse =)  I photographed this home in Sandy Springs, GA just before the 4th of July and it was a fun property to shoot.  What makes a property “fun” to photograph, you ask?  Large spaces and simple staging.  Large spaces give me a lot of options as far as which angle to shoot from (and I usually get a little carried away) and simple staging allows the spaces the speak for themselves; I don’t have to worry about constantly moving staging items around to make the image look more balanced, I can focus on the architecture.

(click on each image to see a larger version, or just click on the one below and then arrow through the larger versions)

Main entry with fancy-pants doors!

Eaton Main Living Area

Living room with view to front entry and second floor walkway.

Formal living/sitting room with a touch of purple.

Formal Dining Room

Eat-in area, kitchen & double-sided fire place.

Overlook from second floor to main living area.

Master Bedroom with lots of daylight

Master bathroom, soaker tub, TV and double-sided fire place.

Master bathroom vanity and shower

Front exterior

Beautiful Home Near Chastain Park

June 2, 2015 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

Things got a little busy and mid May turned into early June. But here are the photos of the lovely home near Chastain Park that I was fortunate enough to photograph just over a month ago. There were multiple offers on the house the day it was listed and it is now under contract.  Such a large house with so many open spaces made it hard to choose which angles to photograph; every time I turned around there was another good shot to be had. Each photo, like all of my other real estate photographs, is a combination of 3-6 different exposures that are merged together and then manually edited (I don’t use any auto-toning or presets since every shot is so different from the next; nothing against presets, though, they can be very handy in the right situations).

East Conway Living I

East Conway Living II

East Conway Kitchen I

East Conway Kitchen II

East Conway Bar

East Conway Office

East Conway Formal Living

East Conway Entry

 

East Conway Stairs

East Conway Sitting Area

East Conway Bedroom III

East Conway Basement I

East Conway Exterior Entry

East Conway Twilight Front

East Conway Twilight Back