Starbucks wins A.R.E. Award

March 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

15th Avenue Coffee & Tea

Just announced this month: Starbucks has won two 2010 Design Awards from the Association for Retail Environments. Starbucks was awarded the Grand Prize in the specialty food retailer category for it’s two new coffee stores, Roy Street Coffee and Tea, and 15th Avenue Coffee and Tea. I had the pleasure of photographing both stores earlier this year.

The Roy Street Coffee and Tea store also won a Sustainability Specialty Award for creative use of reused materials.

Congrats to the whole gang at Starbucks Global Design. You can check out some of the photos by yours truly as well as the other winners on the A.R.E. site.


Film and Digital (part 1)

March 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Though I shoot digital pretty much 100% of the time professionally, I do shoot a little bit of film every now and again. Last year I brought along my Mamiya 645AFD to a few interior shoots and when I had the time, I snapped a few frames of Kodak Portra 160NC to compare with the Nikon D3x. Below is a bedroom scene shot with both cameras:

Kodak Portra 160NC on Mamiya 645AFD

Nikon D3x

Obviously there are differences in the two images as this was a casual “test.”… Continue Reading…

Modern Views

March 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

A new documentary film called “Modern Views: A Conversation on Northwest Modern Architecture” is set to be released this Spring.

Funded by the University of Washington Department of Architecture and produced by studio/216, the film explores the “Northwest School” of modern architecture during it’s heyday in the 1950’s through the 1970’s and will feature interviews of influential Northwest architects Ralph Anderson, Fred Bassetti, Arne Bystrom, Wendell Lovett and Gene Zema.

I’m looking forward to it! More info HERE.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

March 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a fantastic little application that provides a wealth of useful data for photographers about the sun and moon.

Simply enter your location and the program gives you a ton of information including sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moon phases, and when and where it’s all going to happen relative to your location and time of day. As an architectural photographer, knowing where the sun is going to be at any given time of day is extremely important.

The application uses Google Maps so a precise location can be pinpointed and the whole thing is very easy to understand and visually oriented so that you don’t have to be an astronomer to figure out what’s going on (good for us photographers!).

Word is that there’s an iPhone App coming soon…

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