BERNARDO PICTURES: Blog https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog en-us (C) BERNARDO PICTURES (BERNARDO PICTURES) Wed, 10 Feb 2021 01:05:00 GMT Wed, 10 Feb 2021 01:05:00 GMT https://www.bernardopictures.com/img/s/v-12/u849528504-o465649699-50.jpg BERNARDO PICTURES: Blog https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog 96 120 Oakland Beautiful https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2021/2/oakland-beautiful Oakland Beautiful

Oakland Beautiful A constant experiment in terms of its architectural environment, the city that was once the land of pastoral orchards and farms as Gertrude Stein remembers it is also the land of buildings. Having gone through a gold rush, postwar industrial and in the midst of a shipping era, Oakland has changed its built environment through out the 20th century to meet its civic needs. This is evident in the city’s early transformation during the early 1900’s from its Victorian country like aesthetic to the more worldly architectural styles during our countries modernization. From it's emerald green Art Deco edifices to it's highly ornate theaters, Oakland, California is a menagerie of buildings that exists as memories in time as well utilitarian domiciles and office buildings that continue to serve it’s residents. The Oakland Beautiful photographs whose title pays homage the City Beautiful or Beaux Art movement during the 1890's and 1900's, was a personal journey through the urban landscape of downtown Oakland. Having been raised in an urban setting much like Oakland, the opportunity to explore the city with an almost tourist like curiosity during the night was an existential exercise. The city's rich architectural heritage and built environment served as ideal subject matter for my preferred work method. Often working alone, it is sometimes during the midnight hours that I find moments solace. The night time hours are perfect for observing details, undisturbed by the busyness of city life it’s during the night that shapes, light and texture can be photographed in a manner that show their progression in time. The photographs are meant to show the viewer an intimate, almost dream like vignette of Oakland's architectural history. Through black and white photographs, mostly soft and imperfect due to their traditional film format, it is the viewers responsibly to connect the images to the different areas in and around the city of Oakland through memories and past experiences. Having been working in commercial photography, I find great comfort in creating images that are not always technically perfect, allowing a certain hand made craft to show. It was through the print process and digital manipulation of the traditional silver based medium that I chose a deep rich palette of shadows and highlights that would resemble those of early photographs.

 

All photographs are individually printed and framed in the bay area and available for purchase through www.bgpix.net BG

 

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Stan Field AIA Santa Clara County Chapter’s 2016 Birge Clark Award Winner https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2020/2/stan-field-aia Stan was born in South Africa and received his Bachelor Architecture at the University of Cape Town in 1967. He received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, studying under Louis Kahn. He has practiced in three countries where his work has been widely acclaimed. Stan was appointed Chief Architect to the City of Jerusalem in 1978, was a partner in Moshe Safdie Associates and later opened his own practice in Jerusalem. In 1990, following his appointment as visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stan relocated his residence and office to Palo Alto, California.

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Master Bathrooms Extrodinaire https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2018/5/master-bathrooms-extrodinaire

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Mimicking Mother Nature's Morning Glory https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2017/6/mimicking-mother-natures-morning-glory Mimicking what’s natural is often easier said than done or my case, trying to create a look of natural light is sometimes a task that pays close attention to not only the amount of light but, the direction where the light is coming from. Most DSLR nowadays are extremely sophisticated in evaluating exposure and giving us a perfectly balanced image that balances the ambient light as well as the amount of fill flash that has to come from the flash to create a flawless image. It’s simply a matter of turning the camera on, putting it in the full automatic (for Nikon users, Green Box) mode, putting the flash in TTL and voila!  A perfect exposure can be creating before we know it! The issue or dilemma with most digital photos and this is partly true for film or analog photos is that the photos shot with an on-camera flash that’s connected to a hot shoe with the light coming directly from the camera in a straight directional manner tend to look very snap shotty or unnatural. There are certain occasions where that look is appealing and some notable fashion photographer have made it their aesthetic like Terry Richardson but, for most of us working stiff photogs or photogs that have made architecture and interiors a passion, we know from working with our architecture and design clients that natural is beautiful.

 

To cut-to the chase, I wanted to post an image that I shot for a new home builder client that commissioned me to photograph a model home. As always, the sun is never in the spot that I would like to be when I’m shooting as was with this shot. Typically, I like to shoot my interior early in the morning as I find the light to be softer and not as harsh, especially in areas where there are sun spots. In this case it was around 11am and the sun was already high in the sky and the contrast or light ratio between the interior and the brightness of the exterior was already growing significantly. The walls were white and the furniture dark and I knew that the only way to produce an image that was fairly contrasty and vibrant was to try to keep most of the light on the furniture, especially the dark couch that I knew would turn into a dark hole, if I lit the scene evenly or committed the sin of putting my camera in the automatic mode and hoped that my clients would love the snap shot like look, technically, it would be a well exposed photo but, I seriously doubt they would like a photographed that looked like it could have been shot with their iPhone, after all, that’s why they hire me.

Chaquita GroveArchitectural Interior photo of Chiquita Grove Model home by Bernardo Grijalva

Here's a brief description of my lighting set-up, I’ve also enclosed a lay-out.

Around late morning or noon, I know that the lighting ratio or brightness outside is so great that I need a fast synch speed to balance the interior strobes with the exterior brightness, in this case as is in most cases that means that I must shoot around 1/100 to 1/200 of a second, I shot this image a 1/125 of a second @ f 7.1 iso 100. If you follow the sunny 16 rule, the brightness of the exterior make sense since it does appear to be around 2 stops off or brighter. I kind of wanted the exterior not to be perfectly exposed so that it doesn’t look phony or distracting. As for my lights, I employed an Alien Bee 1600 mono light and a sb-28 Speedlight, they were both outfitted with shoot through white umbrellas with the only difference that the Alien Bee (Brighter Light) was placed on the exterior of the house, right outside the left window, barely out of the frame. The intention was to create a look that mimicked natural light fluttering in through the window and at the same time try to add as much light or direct the light towards the dark couch that was turning up as a black hole when I lit the scene evenly. The smaller speed light was set at ½ power and placed slightly right of the camera and directed towards the coffee table and chair to help fill in some of the hard shadows that were created by the large Alien Bee that was blasting through the window. After a brief run through Lightroom were the images shadows were brightened and the vibrance and saturation were punched up a bit, as well a spot glow or high light added the art work on the wall. The image was ready to be delivered. All using some old school flash photography techniques and some very light post-production tweaking, the image was shot one single RAW image.

Lighting Set-up

Trying to mimic the power of mother nature isn’t always easy but, with a little know how and extra muscle (powerful lights) we can sure make it look like we can.

 

BG

 

Bernardo Grijalva is an Advertising Architectural Photographer in San Jose, California

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5 uses of our architectural photography services https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2017/4/5-uses-of-our-architectural-photography-services 5 uses of our architectural photography services.

Photographs of great pieces of architecture have a wide range of applications and benefits. Most of their users put them for commercial use. The following are some of the uses of this kind of photography:

  • Selling properties

Architecture is an art that involves creating beautiful pieces of art that come out well as great works of photography. All the work that goes into construction, especially of interior decorations should be shown to the world by the works of experienced photographers. For our clients working on tenant improvement products, great photographs go a long way in helping you get the tenants you need for your property. We use photographs of beautiful pieces of architecture to capture both the exterior and interior of the building in an appealing way to influence the desires of the viewers to purchase or rent out houses. Our clients sell property that is still under construction using photos of similar developments. Architectural photography therefore helps engender in the clients a desire to buy into forthcoming building projects.

  • Shots for commercials

We use photography to showcase the merits of hotels and other commercial venues. These can be photographs of both interiors and exteriors of these buildings. A good collection of day and evening shots can be used to help potential clients imagine how exactly they will spend their holiday. Commercial use photographs of their pieces of architecture to generate sales through commercials. Hotels, on the other hand, can also generate bookings by showcasing the interior construction of their rooms to potential guests.

 

  • Documenting building projects

Some of our clients have asked us to use photographs of great pieces of architecture that are still under construction. Great architectural photography has been used to record various stages of development. This provides investors and other interested parties of the construction project a record of the progress of the works. Architects and building contractors also use these photographs to promote their work. If the project is one of particular public interest, these photographs might become part of the local historical records.

 

  • Selling design concepts

Architects and interior designers need to sell design concepts to their clients. There is no better way to do this than using quality photography. We use photography to showcase our clients’ design features and innovations. Most of these photographs are taken in the interiors of prestigious new developments which owners of property under construction can replicate in their own pieces of architecture. They often illustrate the use of new materials or processes. These photographs also help unveil exciting new designers and architects to the wider world.

 

  • Images for company websites

The advent of the internet has meant that firms have a strong online presence. Great digital images can enhance the general look of a firm’s website. Most firms with websites prefer using images of their premises on their websites. This kind of photography can be done both in the interior and the exterior of the premises. In the long run, this helps reinforce the company’s identity with its customers.

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Dice.com https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2017/2/dice-com Dice.com moved its’ headquarters to downtown San Jose’s Opus center back in 2015, situated at the 225 West Santa Clara.

Known to many as “the”, listing service for technology related jobs. The technology employment search site has taken it a step further with its’ aesthetics as far as making technology brands and icons not only the requirements that are posted on their client’s job listing but, also using the icons as simple décor for the interior of their new Silicon Valley hub.

Here are a couple of the outtakes from our shoot with one of Downtown San Jose better known firms for design tenant improvement, http://www.habitec.com/

 

 

Bernardo Grijalva is a commercial architectural photographer based in the Silicon Valley and Greater San Francisco Bay Area

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(BERNARDO PICTURES) architecture bernardo center design dice.com grijalva habitec improvement interior jose opus san tenant https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2017/2/dice-com Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:45:32 GMT
An Ode to the Bauhaus https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2017/1/an-ode-to-the-bauhaus Although Splunk’s new campus bares a similar look to the one modern campus that Walter Gropius envisioned as the school of the future that would educate and train the artisan and designers of the new industrial age, the new Splunk building is a far cry from the Bauhaus campus of 1917. The Bauhaus school campus’s simple use of geometry, material and light were created with the minimalistic principal that less is often better, more practical and possibly more aesthetically pleasing. Where Splunks new campus is situated in the heart of the south bay shopping mecca known for an architectural landscape that is far from simple. It’s good to know that Gropius’s simple forms and use of glass are being replicated in common commercial architecture. A drive down any of the Santa Clara Valley expressway, it’s really common to run across one of these clone-like version of the Bauhaus icon.

 

Splunk is a data analytics company better known by techies and wall street business types for its public offering. The company has moved its central base of operations from San Francisco to San Jose’s Santana Row.

 

Camera Geek note’s

Camera Nikon 600 Nikkor 16-35mm lens , 1 second f/9 @19mm

 

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A White Palette is Elegant https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2016/11/a-white-palette-is-elegant A White Palette is Elegant

Julie Miller from Julie Miller Designs based in Orinda California is a fun and light hearted client to work with so I didn’t feel any hesitation in letting her know my thoughts of her design sensibility. “White”, I told her, “all of your kitchens are white”. Thinking of her as the Richard Meire of kitchen’s she was quick to correct me and let me know that there was one kitchen that we shot that wasn’t white, between me and you, the kitchen was very close to white. Regardless of the narrow selection in color when it comes to Julie’s Kitchen’s she makes up for it in her use of stone and tile selection as well as her simple use of elegant lines and hints of traditional aesthetics.

Here are some samples from our Walnut Creek shoot earlier this month.

Photo Geek Schematics

One Alien B166 on a shoot through umbrella pointed in the kitchen, two Nikon SB speedlights on camera right and left, bouncing into the ceiling without any diffusion. F7.1 @1/100 iso 200, Raw photo processed through Lightroom

Julie Miller Designs Walnut Creek KitchenJulie Miller Designs Walnut Creek KitchenJulie Miller Designs Walnut Creek Kitchen photo by Bernardo Grijalva

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Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2016/11/cristo-rey-san-jose-jesuit-high-school Some times I get asked to shoot for some of my client's pro-bono or non-profit clients, I always approach each project very carefully in terms of architectural projects, since most projects that require any type of financial assistance are typically projects that I probably wouldn't want to photograph, simply because the building or dwelling is in probably pretty bad state or if it was new construction, was probably built very efficiently, with little care for the quality of the parts or materials put into the project.
Not so was the case for a new private high-school that caters to some of the city's most under-served and brightest students.

Barry Swenson Builder and Studio Current donated services to help construct the high school's smart new campus.

 

interior design,architecture,architectural photography,barry swenson builder,private high school,cristo rey,studio current,san jose,caCristo Rey High SchoolCristo Rey High School Administration Office

 

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Whimsical Study in a Classical San Francisco Home https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2016/11/whimiscal-study-in-a-classical-san-francisco-home San Francisco Classical Studyphoto by Bernardo Grijalva San Francisco Classical Studyphoto by Bernardo Grijalva San Francisco Classical Studyphoto by Bernardo Grijalva

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Leave the big lights at home! My speedies got this! https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2016/10/leave-the-big-lights-at-home-my-speedies-got-this Some recent outtakes from a shoot we produced with a couple of simple speed lights.

After having created a certain relationship with a client and knowing what their sensibilities are for the types of images that they love and they simply trust your vision, it is simply golden when you don't have to worry about all of the logistical stuff about the production and go in light with out the need of a large crew, sometimes even, with the need of a tripod.

Santana Heights Santana RowSantana Heights Santana Row, Architectural Lifestyle shoot photos by Bernardo Grijalva

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Cohousing as Living Neighborhoods https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2016/6/cohousing

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Adding a Little Glamour to the Typical Architectural Shoot https://www.bernardopictures.com/blog/2016/6/adding-a-little-glamour-to-the-typical-architectural-shoot What happens when you get an assignment with a former runner up to miss California and the shoot is scheduled for the  next day, you or I in this case cowboyed-up and started putting a plan together to get the images my client needed. A residential property management company that prides itself on providing luxury apartment and town home communities to people seeking all of the amenities of a small urban village living needed images that more or less glamorized some of the architectural elements of some of their units and community. On a previous assignment they had commissioned, their initial request was for straight architectural shots, simply beautiful details and interior photos of the units they planned to use for their marketing collateral. Normally I would jump on the assignment, no problem, no pre-shoot site visit needed, it's what I've been doing for years. Set-up my camera, wait for the light to be right, move a couple of strobe lights to provide some fill for the dark shadowed areas maybe also move some furniture around to provide the perfect composition in the foreground, a cinch, right. Until, I suggested - how about using some models or people for the photos, not really thinking a head of where I was going to find the talent on such a short notice. My client came back to me with, maybe we can use one model, depending on their rate. Thanks to a referral from a fellow women's swim wear supplier, Zanna was able to make it to the shoot and having the former swim suit modeling experience under her belt, made my client super happy, they were especially happy with the pool photos and as such requested another model for my latest assignment. This time instead of finding of having me scramble to find the talent, my client went directly to one of their preferred talent agencies that they have dealt with before and the next day former Miss California contender Ashley was at the site, towering in her pumps, she hovered well above my 5'10 diminutive size in comparison to her. With no assistant for the day, I went light, I mean, literally light. No large production equipment, simply a couple of Nikon speed lights and a manfrotto tripod, working quickly, checking my levels every time I switched camera angle or a light. Oh, and did I forget to mention that I was pressed for time since they only contracted Ashley for 2 hours. Luckily after all of the photos were checked off of the shot list, and having Ashley be willing to stay a little extra, I was happy, my client was happy and walked away with some great images that I was certain were going to turn out, just ok.

 

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