Archive for December, 2010

360 Degrees of Luxury

December 14, 2010

This is not your average downtown condo. It’s actually three units in the Wall Centre, combined into one home, with 5 bedrooms and bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows in every room, a gourmet kitchen, and much more. I spent two hours here yesterday with realtor to the stars Judith Matheson, covering all 4600 square feet of this luxurious abode. Originally designed for actor Jean Claude Van Damme, it’s on the market for just under $5 million. Get all the details here!

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.

Dyke Day

December 6, 2010

While shooting a new listing for Dolores Chiu the other day, I spent some time taking some scenic shots along one of Richmond’s dykes. It was an overcast day, but it kind of suited the muted tones of the marshes and stillness of the river. These images will come in handy whenever a new listing comes up in the same neighbourhood.

Don’t try this at home!

December 5, 2010

On second thought maybe you should, so you can see how difficult it is, and then give up and call me.
Here’s the scenario: It’s a beautiful, bright sunny day and you’re about to take some photos of a new listing. When you get there, you find that the sun is shining directly into the room, and no matter how many shots you take, they are just not turning out. You get either a nice shot of the view, but the interior is completely dark, or you get a nicely exposed interior shot, and the view is completely blown out.

The solution? Photoshop to the rescue! By combining the two photos above, as well as a couple of others in between these exposures, Photoshop magically takes the best elements of all the photos and blends them into one perfectly exposed image. A little tweaking here and there, and voila!

I chose this image because I just shot it for a client yesterday, in the middle of the afternoon. Although the view is partially obscured by the building next door, it’s a perfect example of this very common problem. If you have a property with a killer south-facing view, you will no doubt encounter this situation. The easiest solution is to shoot it early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the sun is not shining directly in the windows. If that’s not possible, then call a pro. The difference between a great photo of a view and a bad one can be thousands of dollars. Professional photography is a very small investment to make!