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The Blueberry Thief

  In the last post I mentioned shooting a fawn (with a camera) a couple weeks ago. He / she? is the prime suspect for stealing our blueberries. I saw him lying in the yard and wanted to see if he was okay, it was late in the morning and he was alone. I guess he was just waiting for me to go back in, so he could finish off the rest of his breakfast.  


Morning Walk at The Churchville Nature Center

  The other morning while running errands, I drove by the Churchville Nature Center and decided to stop for a few minutes to check out the garden area. I always end up here in the colder months and the garden area is pretty bare as a result. I had only planned to stay about a half hour, but I had my camera with me and well……Two hours later, I was on my way. The above shot was on one of the nature trails. Most of the trails are handicap accessible.

The garden area is filled with native plants and habitats. This includes several ponds complete with resident wildlife. I captured the Bullfrog peeking out at me after several failed attempts to sneak up on him. Dragonflies and butterflies were quite plentiful, though I wasn’t able to shoot any on this trip. 

I don’t consider myself a nature photographer, but after hanging out in the garden stalking this frog and a chance run in with a fawn last week, I might start to get into it a little more. 


These were all shot with a Canon 70-200mm F4L lens. Coming from a street photography background and shooting 24mm and 28mm primes, this lens feels like telephone pole. But, even at 200mm, I still needed to be right on top of the poor frog. Now I have a whole new appreciation for nature shooters and their giant lenses. Not to mention their patience.  


2016 Catalog Renderings

Recently wrapped up the renderings for our new 2016 catalog. The images were created in 3ds Max and rendered in V-Ray. Post production compositing and editing were done Photoshop and After Effects. The catalog is almost entirely digital. Every scene, feature, and detail is 3d modeled and rendered. Existing products from other manufactures, such as the pendants and sconces in the cover shot, were also re-created digitally in order to achieve a consistent visual flow.

The lines of furniture we specialize in are applicable to many styles of retail environments. The visualizations of these spaces represent complete designs in order to allow the client to understand how the different collections can be used. Styles range from classical to modern with transitional pieces also available. 



Billboard Rendering

Recently, I was asked to render a couple concepts for billboards that would appear to blend in with their surroundings as opposed to just being placed on site. The following images were created to show what landscaping the existing site would do to create this effect. The ads were just place-holders as their was no end client at this stage. 

The first concept rendering above shows the site coming up to meet the signage. There is a neighborhood in the background that would also be exposed to the advertising so consideration was taken to hide the signage from their perspective while giving them a barrier both physical and visual between their property and the road. 

The landscape grows to support the structure. Retaining walls were used to step the site and raise it to a level just below the sign. The site for this project was yet to be determined, but it was planned for suburban Philadelphia. This houses are used for context to understand how the design would effect a typical suburban Philadelphia community. 

The second option revised the initial concept in a more compact and less organic design. The landscape is still terraced, but incorporates more natural materials. Both options utilize water elements. The smaller footprint of the second option can be seen in the aerial rendering. The use of two renderings per concept allows the viewer to see a perspective of the design as it would be experienced in real life. The use of aerial renderings provide context and allow the viewer to engage the design by quickly orienting them. This is especially useful when explaining your design to people that may not be able to read elevation and plan drawings.