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Architectural Interiors

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This past fall, I had the privilege of doing a project for Joe Bruno of Darien Woodworking. Joe designs and builds beautiful custom-made cabinetry and millwork. We photographed some of his creations in four gorgeous houses in Fairfield County, for Joe’s website and marketing materials.

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I’ve done some architectural photography, but I leaned heavily for advice on my good friend, Will Austin, a Seattle-based photographer who specializes in architectural photography. Thanks so much for your invaluable help, Will!

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Shooting architecture is hard! You want to be sure your vertical lines are – vertical. Then there are all the usual issues of composition, exposure, perspective and color balance. The goal was to represent Joe’s work in the best possible “light.”  I was assisted in the shoot by Joe’s wife, Gretchen, a partner at 341 Studios, who helped with styling the images, providing another creative eye, holding lights and a host of other things. Many thanks, Gretchen!

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These homes are lived in. This added a bit of stress – we obviously wanted to be careful not to disturb (or – gulp – break!) any of the possessions as we moved around with light stands, tripods, etc.  Also, we wanted to work fairly quickly so we didn’t impose too much on the homeowners’ time. But everyone was truly gracious, accommodating and friendly.

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I learned a lot on these shoots and look forward to doing more architectural work. Thanks, Joe, for the opportunity. I hope the images will help you land a lot of new work in 2014 and beyond!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Philip Johnson’s Glass House – in the Rain

 

It was a cold, rainy, gloomy day. Surely the program would be cancelled. But no, we went ahead; I’m glad we did.

Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in New Canaan, CT, is an icon of modern architecture. I’d visited and photographed it several times before. On Wednesday, we photographed it in less than ideal conditions. The Glass House runs occasional “En Plein Air” days, for artists to come and paint, photograph or even write poetry on the beautiful grounds. This time, it was just my photographer friend, Sally, two guides, and me.

One of my photography mentors gave me very good advice some years ago. If you wait for perfect conditions – the right subject, the right weather, the right time of day, etc. – you’ll miss a lot of terrific shooting opportunities. Instead, he said, take in what is in front of you right now. Be receptive to the idea that a great photograph can be made of a “dull” subject or on a dull day. At The Glass House this week, I stood under my umbrella and just studied the house and the landscape. Slowly, I became aware of the beautiful muted colors and imagined Mr. Johnson sitting in his house on such a day looking out at the same views I was seeing.

I liked the image below because the two women were framed by the two willow tress beyond.

 In this image, Sally checks her camera settings – and provides a sense of scale for the house.

Aside from the Glass House, there are several other buildings on the site that Johnson designed, including this one, which has no straight lines in it.

Last Fall, I photographed The Glass House in very different weather. See some of those images here. Do I like shooting on a clear day? Sure. But I cherish the opportunity to take pictures in any kind of weather. Here’s one of the images from last Fall. As always, your questions or comments are welcome.

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

 

pictures from in and around Santa Fe

I’ve just finished a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a terrific workshop with Marti Jeffers.  Tonight we’ll post a few images I took during the week. The picture above was taken near Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch. Although I used a polarizing filter to punch up the color of the sky, it really was a rich blue. The light in this area is amazing and one can see how O’Keeffe chose this as a place to live and paint.

This is an abandoned building near Taos. It has apparently been for sale for many years. I have to be honest and say there was only one bird in the picture – I added a second one in Photoshop.

This was the exterior of a fancy hotel in Santa Fe. The luminaries are common throughout Santa Fe, as are, of course, adobe structures. For this image, I used a wide-angle lens and positioned the camera just a few inches away from the big luminary.

The sunsets in Northern New Mexico are fabulous. It may be the altitude and the dry air. This shot was taken on a hill overlooking Santa Fe. I haven’t shot many sunsets and vow to do more. You have to work fast, as the light changes very quickly.

And finally, below, taken back at The Ghost Ranch, is an image that includes a silhouette of your humble servant. As always, thanks for reading my blog posts!

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