architecture

The Dwan Light Sanctuary at UWC-USA Photos

The Dwan Light Sanctuary at UWC-USA Photos

Light & Architecture Dance Together

Thanks to Jessica’s curiosity about the curious and the website Atlas Obscura, on a recent weekend trip to Las Vegas, New Mexico, we drove up a picturesque road to the United World College, checked in at the visitor’s center, and were handed a key card to The Dwan Light Sanctuary. This is a peaceful temple of sorts that uses architecture and prism widows to create a visual interior landscape of geometric design. I found it quite the unique space as my eye was drawn to both the architecture of the building itself, and the scattered light falling on its walls. This is a hidden gem of tranquility deep in northern New Mexico.

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Skyscraper Window Architecture Photography in Albuquerque New Mexico

Skyscraper Window Architecture Photography in Albuquerque New Mexico

Architecture Photography Tips for Albuquerque

I used to get to make architecture photos a lot, actually, when teaching DSLR photography lessons in Florida. I would meet my students in downtown St. Petersburg or Tampa where there are both tall office buildings and fancy skyscraper condos too. So i found myself in downtown ABQ last Friday evening and realized, I have not seen a view like this before so pointed my Nikon with 50mm lens on up toward this interesting building.

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Santa Fe Commercial Real Estate Photography Inn of the Anasazi

Santa Fe Commercial Real Estate Photography Inn of the Anasazi

Santa Fe Commercial Real Estate Photography

I had the pleasure and creative challenge of photographing the beautiful Inn of the Anasazi in historic downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each room, each space was full of architectural features, design touches, and soft light. The challenge was capturing that existing atmosphere with the right additional off camera lighting to show off the room or space such that is shows well in a photo, but maintains the tranquil and warm feel I had standing there. From the library, to the wine cellar, to the lobby, all throughout this inn I kept finding more and more incredible rooms to photograph using the flambient technique. Thank you very much to the staff of the Inn of the Anasazi for making this long shoot go very smoothly!

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Rail Yards Albuquerque New Mexico TapIntoABQ Event 2018

Rail Yards Albuquerque New Mexico TapIntoABQ Event 2018

I have explored many haikyo (abandoned places) around the world, but I have never photographed an event in one before!  Likewise, if you have been to the Rail Yards Market before, maybe you have never seen the Rail Yards of Albuquerque quite like this either!  Inside the massive hangar, even seating for 180 people looks small.  That is what I discovered photographing the 2018 TapIntoABQ event for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

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Gateway Arch in St Louis - Westward Bound

Gateway Arch in St Louis - Westward Bound

Kiki and I suddenly left Florida one Saturday night in early November.  I had long been wanting to do it, but with such things sometimes they just happen all of a sudden due to the sudden rising of circumstances.  We did have a destination though when setting out -- Iowa.  To get there it brought us through a few U.S. landmarks that I had never been to before.  One of them was Gateway Arch in St. Louis.  This will be the first post in a series called Westward Bound.

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Photography Tip - how to spice up oft photographed places

Using a long exposure and converting to black & white to create a nature and architecture shot

I am often teaching 1-on-1 photography lessons in downtown St. Petersburg and have personally photographed almost everything there is around that area.  For my students, this is good because I can show them all my favorite spots.  For me to make an image of some interest for an oft photographed place, sometimes I need to spice up the image.  So for the above shot I went off axis, used a long exposure to blow out the sky, and then finally converted it to black & white using an infrared filter.  I also tried to combine nature and archicture in one image.  These are all photograpy tips to try for when you are at a place you have photographed a lot before, but still want to try and come away with something new.

Let me know what you do to spice up photos of places you have shot in many times before.

Photography Tip - look up!

When looking to make a photograph remember to also look up!Pushing the shutter on your camera when looking at a subject at eye level with nothing else special done is very likely to result in an uninteresting photograph.  Shooting like these I often refer to as just snapshot photography.  I tell my photography students that to make a photograph one often has to show the viewer something she/he cannot also see simply by standing there too.  One of the easiests ways to compose a shot that breaks from this constraint is to simply look, up!  A sharp eyed viewer will also notice one of my other favorite composition techniques in the above shot of Signature Tower in downtown St. Petersburg--ending lines flush in corners.