Archive for October, 2011

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.

Kerrisdale Estate

October 29, 2011

The unique home in Kerrisdale has been beautifully updated while maintaining its old school charm. The main floor has a huge open living area and an enormous gourmet kitchen. Upstairs you’ll find large bedrooms and a master suite you will never want to leave. The basement has a comfy maid/nanny suite. The deep lot features a covered deck in the back and lots of depth in the front to shield the house from street noise. Interested? Contact Ryan Hawk for the full story.

Evening Shade

October 23, 2011

I found myself on Granville Island last night at dusk, all my camera equipment with me, and some time on my hands. Granville Bridge at NightGranville Island, VancouverGranville Bridge at Night

Sky High in Shangri-La

October 19, 2011

Living in a home at the top of Vancouver’s tallest building has a distinct advantage — there is nothing blocking your sightline. I’ve seen lots of incredible views of the city before, but none from this height. Even on a grey, overcast day, the panorama offered by the floor to ceiling windows takes your breath away. I don’t have a fear of heights, but just getting close to these windows made my pulse race a little.
I would love to have spent a few hours there, but time was limited and the conditions were not ideal. Most of the furniture was in transit to the owner’s new home, and although the cloudy sky gave me a nice soft light to work with, an evening shoot would have produced some jaw-dropping images. But I can’t complain. Not too many people get paid to take pictures of homes like this.

Shangri-La Vancouver

The view from Kerrisdale

October 15, 2011

This penthouse suite close to West 41st in Kerrisdale offers an unobstructed, almost-360 degree view of the city from its two floors (private elevator included, of course). I was relieved that the day of the shoot was overcast, because if it was sunny I would have had a huge challenge lighting the interiors. Daylight reaches every corner of this airy home, and the dark wood paneling would have been a black hole of despair in the bright sunlight, as I have demonstrated before. In a well-designed and furnished home like this though, the interiors are perfectly suited to the muted, soft light that a cloudy day offers. Call Monique Badun if you want more information on this beautiful West Side home.

October 13, 2011

I just shot this amazing False Creek condo for The open plan space is finished in wood and glass. Mirrors reflect the stunning view, making you feel like you’re part of the outdoors. If you’re tired of playing the housing market, you can sell your place, put your stuff in storage and rent this baby for around $9,000 a month.

Change of Scenery

October 7, 2011

It’s not widely known, but many of the homes in Vancouver’s Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood have the most interesting views in the city. Take this loft in the Cannery Row building. It has a front row seat to our bustling container port operations, Burrard Inlet, and the North Shore mountains. You can enjoy the view out the 12 foot high windows from both floors of this large unit. A rooftop deck, polished concrete floor and muted earth tones on the walls add to the appeal of this unique home. See Craig Rushton for all the details.

Here’s my excuse…

October 4, 2011

I often get asked for finished photos on the same day that I take them. I don’t really mind, and I try to accommodate as much as I can. But sometimes it just can’t be done, because when I pack my camera in the trunk at the end of the day, my job is only half finished. The photos don’t just magically jump out of my camera and into your inbox (I wish). They march through a number of steps, through one piece of software into another, before they get the green light to proceed to the Internet.

I won’t bore you with the details, but by way of explanation here’s a typical shot as it looked straight out of the camera:

and here’s how it looks after I’m done messing with it:

Not all of the shots need this kind of work. Every once in a while I get keeper SOTC (Straight Outta The Camera – I just made that up). But they all get a lookover, and most get a makeover, and that’s all done after the nightly dinner/dogwalk ritual. And I have to fit a social life and some sleep in there somewhere, before the process starts all over again. So, I’ll do what I can, but if I say No, it’s not because I don’t like you.