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Wedding at the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum

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.

Comparing Renderings to Photography

Interior 3D Rendering

Interior Photograph

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. 

Simulation Theory

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.

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