I don’t normally shoot weddings, but good friends of mine asked if I would shoot theirs. I decided it would be my wedding present to them. What I didn’t expect was how much fun it was. Not that I’m going into the wedding photography business anytime soon, but I definitely would consider shooting another one. If the right person asked and if the venue was half as nice theirs, I would do it again.
These are some of the shots from Chris and Carolyn’s wedding this last month at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum.
Interior 3D Rendering
The project shown here was an in house project for our new showroom in our west coast office.
As I’ve also mentioned in other posts, it is not often I get to see the final results in a project as I am usually involved early on in the process. When an opportunity comes up it’s good to see how close I was able to get it.
Which one is the photo?
There are a few differences in the images. First off, the rendering was completed a few months before construction began. It was created using only the CAD drawings provided by the designer. Changes were made in the interim between when I completed the rendering and when the final photo was taken. The design of the space, the furniture, placement, and materials were affected by these changes.
The “final photography” (was not shot by me) it was shot with a cell phone by a sales-person. The format is slightly different, the white balance is off, and the verticals are not vertical. The rendering was adjusted for all of these as part of the process.
Regardless of the sight differences, the two images are quite similar. Important things to note in the comparison is the color and scale of the materials as well as the lighting. These are areas that need to be correct in order for the clients and designers to make decisions. Often times when looking at renderings we get lost in the artistic aspect of the image itself forgetting that the point of the image is not only to convey information, but to convey that information accurately. Architectural renderings really should be extensions of the architectural drawings themselves, in that they are as useful as a plan, section, or elevation.
The above images are not part of the same project, but due to the poor white balance in the photo, it’s pretty clear which one is which.
The hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by computer simulation—to a degree indistinguishable from “true” reality. It could contain conscious minds which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation. –Wikipedia
Pretty crazy, right? I’ve been reading quite a few articles about this theory lately. It’s been around for a while, but I think with the advancement of computer graphics, it’s starting to make its it way into the mainstream news cycles. The average person these days can experience Virtual Reality through VR headsets like Oculus Rift and even using their cell phone.
After reading a some of these articles the last few weeks, I decided to play around with it and use it as a prompt for this image. The image above is the illustration that resulted from reading the articles. It illustrates a few of the ideas theorized in the text, such as we are a simulation created by humans in the future. Yeah…. just going to let that sit there.
I spent most of this past week working on editing some photos. One of the groups of photos I edited was from Bowman’s Hill Tower in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Spent a few hours this past fall climbing the tower and hiking in the area, mainly in Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. This isn’t the first time I’ve been there, but the first time I’ve made it there during Autumn to see the fall colors.
I was not expecting so much yellow and was hoping for a little more variety in color. This may be a reflection of the drought we had this year as across the county the color were not as vibrant or diverse as in years past.
The Cuttalossa Farm is located in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Sometimes you just have to take a day off from work and go for a drive down a winding dirt road.
I had seen many photographs of this mill over the years but never knew the name. A few months ago, I came across an article about the mill with a tiny photograph and finally had a name and a location. Thanks to google maps I was able to add it to my list of places to photograph.
I found myself with a day off of work and decided to spend the morning shooting some landscapes. The weather was not ideal, but since this location is surrounded by trees in a valley, I figured it was worth checking out.
Before heading out, I checked the sun angles just to see if there was anything interesting the sun might do that day.
A great free resource to do this is the website The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE). Even if you don’t have the opportunity to shoot at the best times of the day, it’s still good to know for reference where and when the light will be optimal. If nothing else, it helps to have this info in the back of your mind as you’re walking a site. This allows you to take note of geographical features and how they make work with the light in the future.
The road leading to the mill is gravel. As you cross over the Cuttalossa Creek, the forest opens to reveal the spring house sitting in a small field. Though the mill and the estate are the focus points of the site, I found myself drawn to the little spring house. The bare tree trunks connected the tiny house and the green grass to the larger canopy bursting with green leaves above.
My time at Cuttalossa was peaceful, not a single person was around. It’s easy to see why so many have been drawn here and inspired by these surroundings. This place has a sense of being that changes with the seasons. Because of the timelessness of this place, there is no “best time”, each season will have it’s own character. The stillness of the mill and the permanence of the water will be a constant contrast to the surroundings.
Definitely going to make an effort to return throughout the year.