I recently had a chance to do a daytime and twilight shoot of the same property, at the request of realtor Juliana Jiao. This 3-bedroom condo is on the 30th floor of the Callisto in Coal Harbour, and offers floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Stanley Park, the North Shore, and downtown Vancouver. These images demonstrate how the look of a home can change dramatically, depending on the type of light being used to illuminate the room. In the daytime images below, indirect sunlight filtered through some thin clouds is the main source, which gives the rooms soft shadows and fairly even light. In the evening shots, recessed lights in the ceiling flood the rooms, with a little help from my flashes. Outside, the night sky still has a trace of daylight in it, and the buildings add some twinkle.
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Here’s another beautiful makeover by talented designer Voula Goutsos of Olive Environments + Objects. The Prince George owners wanted a contemporary, downtown pad to spend some of their retirement years in, and Voula filled this Coal Harbour condo with bright, comfy furniture that complemented rather than overpowered the jaw-dropping view.
I shot this office space for Water Street Profile, a boutique shared office space in Gastown. The challenge with this environment was to show the stunning view along with the interior details, which in some cases were dark wood, brick and furnishings. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, cameras just don’t have the dynamic range to pull the details from dark shadows and bright daylight in the same shot. So a little Photoshop trickery was required, but just enough to show all the necessary details without drawing attention to the technique, which can be a problem with a lot of HDR-style images. It’s not hard to make HDR images, but it’s hard to make good ones. My client was ecstatic with the results, and has asked me to come back and shoot some more offices for him.
Twilight shoots seem to be the rage right now. I just did another one of a downtown Vancouver condo. I love these floor to ceiling windows. You can get vertigo standing right against them and looking down. This home is in the Flatiron Building at 1277 Melville Street, on the 28th floor.
You just have to be patient to get these shots, and wait until almost all the daylight has left the sky. I generally shoot a number of frames with the interior lights on, then a couple with the lights off and blend them together to get rid of the reflections in the glass. One big cost savings with homes like these: you don’t need a TV. You can just stare out the window and watch the world go by.
If you like downtown living this place is ideal. Dodi Thorhaug has the details.