Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Jewelry Store Job

May 3, 2012

I was contacted the other day by the manager of Vancouver’s Frey Wille to shoot some images of their Howe Street store (thanks, Google Adwords!). For those of you who (like me) have not heard of Frey Wille, they are an Austria-based group of artists who make a line of beautiful enameled jewelry and accessories. Their store is all glass and white walls, which helps to keep the focus on their collections rather than the decor. It also causes reflections and shadows to stand out, which required me to be pretty careful when shooting. I couldn’t use a lot of flashes, and had to rely on the store lighting and daylight, which threw all sorts of interesting colours on the pale walls. But that’s what Photoshop is for. The images turned out nicely, and will make a nice addition to my portfolio.

Virtual Staging

March 13, 2012

Hollywood special effects has come to the real estate business. Now you can add virtual furniture to an empty room for a fraction of the cost of real staging. Here are some images I shot of an unfurnished suite for Keith Roy, alongside the same image that has been doctored up by virtuallyhomestaging.com. The technology is pretty impressive: perspective and shading are perfectly executed to fool your eye into thinking they are real three dimensional objects. It’s a great way to bring an empty room to life, and bring more potential buyers to your open house.

Portrait time: Man on a Bike

October 31, 2011

I don’t do a lot of portraits. I prefer to shoot things that don’t move, like chairs and windows and such. But I wanted to try out some new lighting techniques I stole learned from a photography blog recently.
So I recruited my friend Rick and his trusty hawg, and headed down to Spanish Banks around dinner time the other night. The challenge with shooting intricate, reflective objects like motorcycles is to use a light source that can get into the dark corners of the bike without blasting too much light on the chrome and metallic paint. The solution is to use a large light source, which in my case was a big white sheet clipped to a backdrop stand. We bounced a light off it, added one on Rick and one in the background and shot frames as the sun set. And here’s the result:

I like this look, because the subject sort of glows against the background but doesn’t draw attention to the lighting itself. Plus it came out of the camera almost ready to publish. A little tweaking in Photoshop, and we’re done like dinner.

Kubik Shots

May 21, 2011

Toronto-based Kubik is an award-winning designer of museum and gallery exhibits. They contacted me to provide them with some images of one of their projects at a recent trade show in Vancouver. Never one to turn down an interesting job, I jumped at the chance, even though I had to be there at 8 the morning after my flight from Italy. But somehow I managed to get my pants on, blow the dust off my camera gear and get down there in time, before the show opened so I could get some standalone shots of the booth. I kept shooting after the doors opened, and got some ghostly images of people walking around and through the installation, which the client preferred.

This kind of work is all ambient lighting, of course. So the only way to shoot this is to take several exposures and blend the best parts together. Here is one of the final images.

Just came back from a two-week trip to Italy. Spent 8 days on a bike and boat tour of the Amalfi Coast, an experience I will never forget. Here’s a sample:

The older I get, the fewer things I am certain of. But recently someone put these 24 truths together, and I agree with all of them. So there you go, little Ben. Wise words from Grandpa somebody on the Internet….


1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighbourhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewellers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
17. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.
18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
19. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
22. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
24. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Yep, that’s what a realtor in Australia paid to produce this 5-minute video showcasing one of his listings.

The house, by the way, is listed at $20,000,000 so he does have a little room to throw around some dough. But to be honest, I don’t think he got his money’s worth out of this video. do you?

Piano for sale

November 18, 2010

… Comes with a house around it, cause it doesn’t fit through the door. I don’t really know if that’s true, I just liked the photo. Eric Christiansen has the details on this interesting home.

The doctor is…out

November 18, 2010

One of the benefits of my job is that I get inside some pretty nice homes and see how the other half lives. Recently, the home of Dr. Phil came on the market in Beverly Hills. I didn’t shoot it, of course, but now like millions of other people I get to see how the famous physician lives, and make snarky comments on his taste in room decor. Check out the full listing here, and if you have a spare $16 mill lying around, throw him an offer!