Property photographers seldom have the luxury of scouting a property in order to choose the best time of day when the sun is showcasing the home. Hopefully the vendor has a good idea of when that might be, and communicates this to their sales agent who books the photographer. So I was rather pleased to turn up at this home yesterday and find the afternoon sun and venetian blinds playing nice together.
However it IS possible to manipulate light if there’s not enough of it in the right place. In this shot, the light pattern on the floor is natural, however the stripes on the dining table were created by placing a flash outside the window on the left.
It’s always interesting photographing a home that you’ve shot years earlier. I archive everything, so I was able to look back at the photos of this home that I’d taken 4 years, 2 cameras and a lot of practice ago. Back then the place was vacant and unfurnished and currently looks much more appealing.
It’s holidays, so here’s one I shot on a visit to Ballina over the past few days. ‘Strangler’ Figs germinate in the branches of trees after birds poop out fig seeds they have eaten. The fig sends out runners that wrap around the trunk of the host tree on their way to the soil below. They branch rather like capillaries. In some cases the host tree dies (not due to the presence of the fig), and the trunk rots away leaving a hollow tube formed by the fig. I laid the camera on its back at the base of the tube and set it to take 3 exposures which were late combined. The colour has been tweaked toward red also.
When the weather allows I’m shooting video for dogfriendlyholidays.com.au who own several holiday rentals on The Sunshine Coast, all within walking distance of beautiful ‘dog-friendly’ beaches. Of course the brief requires capturing scenes from the local community as well as showing the house.
This particular dog-friendly rental is at Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast
Landed back in Brisbane this morning…at the same time we left NZ! Had a great time and ticked the main boxes; surfed (what used to be) my local beach, caught a snapper off the rocks and jammed with friends. All in a haze of pavlova, glazed ham and Steinlager!
And NZ’s gnarly coastal tree, the Pohutukawa, was in blossom everywhere.
NZ Pohutukawa in bloom against a Summer sky.
I’m off to Ihn Zihd for a couple of weeks. Back Dec 31st to rock the Marcoola SLC with my band The Remedy. Check us out at www.theremedy.com.au . I’m looking forward to shooting more photos and video of Sunshine Coast homes when I return.
Technically we’re over the hump, past the shortest day and on the downward slide toward Summer. I’ve already mentioned that I’ve noticed the sun rising that smidgin earlier, and it also just feels a little warmer. Of course, this early in the piece, it could easily turn chilly next week. Of course ‘chilly’ is a relative term. Being just 26 degrees from the equator we’re hardly expecting snow drifts any time soon. But just to keep spirits alive, here’s a summery shot from the vault of me and she just minutes from home.