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AMG Hospital Albuquerque Commercial Interior Exterior Photography

AMG Hospital Albuquerque Commercial Interior Exterior Photography

My old Neighbor the Hospital

It was a sort of homecoming for me to photograph AMG Speciality Hospital in southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico as I lived essentially next door to it for two years. New photos were wanted of both the interiors and exterior of the hospital, plus I was told, anything I thought would make a good photo, like the photo of the get well cards below. Only up on the third floor, the view of the Sandia Mountains was eye popping coming out of the elevator! In a side note, as I arrived going up in the elevator with me was a woman also going to the third floor. Some 2+ hours later as I was carrying all my photo gear now packed up back to the elevator having finished the shoot, there was the same woman! We both remarked how statistically improbable that was! That kind of thing fascinates me!

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Albuquerque Commercial Photographer - The View ABQ Apartments at Sunset

Albuquerque Commercial Photographer - The View ABQ Apartments at Sunset

Using the sunset for commercial photography in ABQ

On a warm weekday evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I took my camera and tripod to The View ABQ apartment complex to make sunset HDR real estate photos, as well interior photos. This place certainly lives up to its name and with dramatic clouds and a bright sunset, I was given ample material to photograph and deliver to the client!

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Rio Rancho Real Estate Photography with a sunroom!

Rio Rancho Real Estate Photography with a sunroom!

Get a sunroom!

This near Rio Rancho but actually still Albuquerque, New Mexico residential real estate property was actually the second property shoot of the day I did for Mark & Susan Ryerson. They are my favorite real estate agent clients to shoot for because they make shoots fun! I usually work with them on luxury real estate properties, like this one that sold in less than one week because they are great agents, and maybe also the professional photos and 4K drone video I made of the property, so there is no drone video of this property, but there are aerial drone photos. This property is quite unique I think because it has a sunroom! How many homes are you going to find in New Mexico with a sunroom like this?

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Courtyard Marriott St. Petersburg Bistro Renovation Commercial Photography Florida

The newly renovated bistro & cafe area of Courtyard Marriott in downtown St. Petersburg Florida - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 5-exposure HDRLast week I went back to the Courtyard Marriott in downtown St. Petersburg Florida to finish making commercial photographs of the newly updated interior of the hotel.  In 2011 I photographed both the exterior and interior of the hotel, followed later by a wedding model shoot.  Courtyard have been very good clients and I am always glad to return their and work with Ryan and Kathy.

A quiet spot in the new Courtyard Marriott bistro St. Petersburg commercial photography - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 1.3 secThe newly updated bistro/cafe area looks great and photographed well.  I used a combination of HDR and single exposure images.  For the photo above with only a single major light source coming from behind camera, I felt HDR was not needed and achieved the results I wanted with a single long exposure.

Dining spaces with TVs at newly renovated Courtyard Marriott St. Petersburg Florida commercial photography - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 5-exposure HDRTo pull detail out in the corners of these eating areas that had an open window in each, I did use 5-exposures to make the HDR image image above.  Overall I made less HDR images than I did when I first photographed the hotel two years ago as I am always trying to improve my shooting techniques and choose the best style for each particular shot.  

VIP Eye Care St. Petersburg Interior Commercial Photography

VIP Eye Care St. Petersburg - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 7-exposure HDR mounted on Induro CT214 tripodI have been a contact lens client of VIP Eye Care every since I moved to St. Petersburg nearly three years ago.  I chose them as my contact supplier since they were an independent local business, rather than going with one of the chains or an eye care place in a department store.  They recently moved to a new location and had a ribbon cutting with St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, which I attended and took a few photographs of.  That began my business relationship as a photographer with Dr. Henri and her staff.

Granite countertops on the reception desk - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 7-exposure HDR mounted on Induro CT214 tripod

By networking at the ribbon cutting event I learned that there was interest in having professional interior shots done.  A few weeks later, the shoot was scheduled and VIP Eye Care returned the favor by helping my local business by hiring me to do the commercial photography work.

Right on 4th St N & 22nd Ave N - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 7-exposure HDR mounted on Induro CT214 tripodThe focus of the interior shoot was to highlight how many pairs of glasses were on display while also showing the exterior view of 4th Street North.  To accomplish this I used the HDR photography technique.  

VIP Eye Care exterior at night - Nikon D300 Tamron 17-50mm @ f/11 ISO 200 5 sec mounted on CT214 Induro tripodThe lone exterior shot requested was a night shot showing light trails from passing cars.  Since cars passing straight across blocked much of the ground level windows of the boutique, I decided that traffic making left hand turns was better.  However, it took quite a few signal cycles until there were enough cars heading in both opposite directions to be able to make the desired shot.  After making this long 5 second exposure, I took another faster exposure so that the signs on the building and the signal post were not blown out.  I then blended those two images in Photoshop CS5 using a layer mask to reveal the signs on the long exposure image.

I look forward to continuing both my eye care customer and commercial photographer relationships with VIP Eye Care and its friendly staff.



HDR interior shots of Raw Vibes art gallery & dance studio

Showing both the art side and dance side of Raw Vibes in St. Petersburg

Continuing my photography work for local art community friend Laly, owner of Raw Vibes Art and Performance Space, yesterday morning I shot the interior of the art gallery/dance studio space.  I chose to do 9-bracket HDR shots at f/8.  Processing was done in Photomatix for the making of the HDR shot, then I followed my usual workflow of Aperture 3, Color Efex Pro 3 & Photoshop CS4 to edit them.  

For the above shot I was looking for an angle that showed both the art gallery side and dance studio side of the space.  Maybe having a pair of dancing shoes as a prop on the floor would have been a good idea had I thought of it at the time!

The mirrors were enhanced in this shot by using selective contrast adjustment in PS CS4

Shooting straight into the gallery was the biggest challenge with multiple track lights all at different temperatures casting different light on the walls and floor.  I chose to align my image by the floor along the back wall, knowing that has to be a true level surface.  I usually do not assume ceilings are as uniformly straight.  I made some corrections using the lens distortion filter in PS CS4.  

The "black box" room at Raw Vibes offers pole dancing classes

Another challenge was the "black box" room in the back of the space.  You may recall I made a portrait of pole dance instructor Marla on the very same pole last month.  This room was nearly completely dark, and is always very low lit.  I chose to make only a 5-bracket HDR shot of this space because even with that shutter speeds were getting very long.  The original HDR image was quite bright.  That is not how the room really is seen by people, so I burned the whole image and then added a vignette leaving the pole itself as the brighter, focal point of the image.

HDR is needed for this kind of shot to properly expose the red wall and outside the window.

The last shot is the entrance to the art/studio space.  Here I did a 9-bracket HDR image to insure I could properly expose the dark red wall on the left as well as outside the window.  A single long exposure shot would have blown out the window for sure.  The object on the right is a mirror showing the painting in the lead photo.  The mirror again was enhanced by selecting it with the magic wand in PS CS4 then adjusting the contrast on just that area, which removed glare from it.  

When shooting these types of tricky HDR shots, I put a lot of work into perfecting the final image in editing.  I nit pick over reducing a shadow slightly here, adjusting the contrast on just this area, etc.  It is a fun challenge and I really enjoy the nit picking editing process actually!