Blog Post September 2014 - HTML5 TO THE RESCUE!!

I have finally done away with JAVA for viewing my 360 Degree Virtual Tours, It served me very well for a long time but with Apple not supporting JAVA and FLASH on ipad and iphones and recent JAVA updates it has gotten increasingly harder for my clients to view the 360 tours, so now both the still photo slide shows ( which I replaced JAVA with HTML5 about a year ago ) and the 360 degree Virtual Tours run on HTML5.

Here is a link to the new 360 Degree Virtual Tours... 360 Virtual Tours.

Blog Post December 2013 - A Victorian Christmas at Kathryn Manor

I was recently commissioned to shoot a Victorian home built in 1905 in San Jose California, my clients wanted a night shoot, they decorated it for Christmas with 25 Christmas trees! and all the trimmings!

It is a two story plus a basement and a very unique and decorated back yard, I shot a total of 64 photos and 3-360 Virtual Tour Scenes

Here is the link... Kathryn Manor.

Blog Post April 2013

I was recently introduced to Paul Grasshoff, a representative from a young start-up in Mountain View called Matterport. They are a new cutting edge technology company which has created a special 3D camera which captures real 3D floor plans of existing structures such as homes, hotels, businesses etc.

Their camera is a scanning device which captures each room to within an accuracy of 1 inch! It delivers you a floor plan, dollhouse view and 3D walk through similar to a video game. The dollhouse view is pictured below.

Here is the link to the 3D tour Matterport 3D Tour

And here is a link to the standard virtual tour of the same property I shot the week before Standard Virtual Tour

If you would like to comment on this new technology, Please send me an e-mail.

Blog Post November 2012

I was recently commissioned to photography an exterior building for one of my clients in Los Gatos California, this time of year the sun never hits the front of the building and even in mid summer it is right above.

I suggested that I shoot either in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid having the sun flare directly into the lens. I had to shoot up to get the complete building in the shot for I was unable to get back far enough, the image lacked brilliance and contrast.

So here is where post processing came in. I was able to correct the photo geometrically and add contrast to it but the sky was still uneventfull so I was able to add the sky from a shoot I did last month of a hotel in Palo Alto California.



Blog Post October 2012

At a recent hotel shoot in Palo Alto California I encountered the all too common challenge of mixed lighting, two different color temperatures of fluorescent (Pink and Green) and daylight.

Among other things the reflection in the mirror caught my camera and tripod, so I corrected the color and took the reflection of my camera and tripod out and cropped the photo.The blue in the refection in the mirror was from the daylight color, I could have taken the blue out but I decided to leave it in to make the photo more interesting.