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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Five Acre Property on the Ocmulgee River

January 28, 2016 HDR, Real Estate 0 Comments

I photographed a unique property in Macon, GA a couple of weeks ago. The house itself is large and quite traditional; parts of it almost look like they were designed to mimic a museum. But what makes the property unique is its five acres and location on the Ocmulgee River (have you seen “Fried Green Tomatoes”? The river featured in the movie is the Ocmulgee). Below are some interior and exterior shots of the house and some shots of the acreage and river views. The listing can be seen here on Zillow.

River Trace Distant Approach

The view from the end of the driveway.

River Trace Front Exterior

More than half way down the driveway.

River Trace Formal Dining

Main, formal living and dining areas.

Den

The den or sitting room with a view out to the river and back into the main living and dining area.

River Trace Master Bedroom

The master bedroom with great light coming in from the southeast.

Guest Bedroom

One of the guest bedrooms with a view out to the river.

Guest Bathroom

One of the guest bathrooms.

Back Towards the Road

The view back towards the road.

Towards the Barn

The view towards the two-stable barn and pasture area.

River View

Side yard and Ocmulgee River.

River View from Patio

River view from the patio.

River View from Patio II

Another river view from the patio.

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.

A Quick Visit to Macon, GA

April 6, 2014 Assignments, HDR, History 0 Comments

I drove down to Macon, GA early last week to photograph a property. When I was done I headed into downtown Macon and documented some points of interest around the city. I’ve passed through Macon many, many times over the years, but only on I-75 – I hadn’t ever seen the old downtown area. Like most cities that you pass by on the highway time and time again but never visit, it has more to offer than you might expect…

(I replaced the plain, blue sky in the image above with one that has some clouds)

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