I do a lot of commercial photography in both Vancouver and Whistler, as well the weddings that are really my great and butter. Most of it is pretty dry, but this house I photographed for Whistler realtor Ann Chaisson at Sea to Sky Premiere Properties was something special.
BTW – The place is a steal at only $6,800,000, if you’re interested.
This is, without a doubt, the best patio in Whistler (and I’ve seen a lot of them).
Of course, my main commercial gig over the last few months has been shooting for the menu’s for Korean restaurants down in Vancouver. This spicy Korean seafood dumpling hotpot was an especially tasty looking dish.
The one thing I hear is that architectural photography is easy now that HDR has become so common. Well, the top image is a combination of four different exposures, but the images are blended by hand using Photoshop’s layer masking. To see the difference, here’s what the same images looked like when I ran them through Photoshop’s Merge to HDR Pro utility that’s built into Photoshop CS5;
For the main shot, I was able to use my perspective control lens to keep the converging lines under control, but with the patio, the area was just too tight to use the PC, so I used my 17mm zoom lens instead. To keep the lines straight, it’s important to get the camera up as high as possible. I have heavy duty tripod that goes almost eight feet high, which came in pretty handy for this one.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 Perspective Control (top), Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 (patio), Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8
Lighting: Natural light, multi-exposure images (house photos), AlienBee B-1600 x 3, SB-900 flash.