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Old 03-20-2019, 01:38 AM
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As I'm now in retirement from my science career, I wanted a new "career" where I could stay intellectually engaged and active.

As I really enjoy photography, I did quite a bit of research on photographic disciplines or "genres" where a professional level of expertise and execution is still required, unlike many other disciplines where there has been a "race to the bottom" (e.g. your cousin offering to shoot your family's wedding for $250 rather than paying a pro $2500).

My research led me to professional real estate and ultimately, I hope, to architectural photography. The reasons for this are clear: despite what non-photographers or amateurs may think, RE and architectural photography is actually technically quite challenging, and requires skill in using off-camera lighting and also excellent skills in post-processing and composting, as the highest standard of photographs are actually a blend of ambient and flash lighting.

And, as the SF Bay Area RE market is pretty much always red-hot, with the median price of a upper mid-tier to lower upper-end single family home around a million dollars in price, there is a need for very high quality photography by a real professional for purposes of marketing by the agent (i.e., no race "to the bottom"). So, RE and Architecture it is!

I took a training workshop in Q4 last year and have been working very hard, both alongside a pro who has been mentoring me, and also on my post-processing skills and have started to pick up some assigments. So, this thread will show some of my recent RE Photography work to those interested.

My gear is all Fujifilm X: my Graphite Silver X-T2 and X-H1 and a 12mm Rokinon prime, or the lens I just purchased today, the fabulous new Fujinon 8-16mm f/2.8, which is perfectly rectilinear (key for RE and Architecture). I shoot everything on a tripod with a geared head and almost all interior photos are a "blend" or composite in PS of ambient and flash lighting. The next two posts will be some representative assignments.

Here are my two workhorses: my Graphite Silver X-T2 and X-H1, both with their respective vertical power booster grips. I only use the grips for my racing but not for RE work.



And the new primary lens I will be using, the recently released Fujinon 8-16mm f/2.8 (yes, its big...but fabulous!)
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:03 AM
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Here are some shots from my first assignment for 2019: a 4000 sq ft home in the golf-course community of Round Hill in Alamo, CA

Twilight...






















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Old 03-20-2019, 02:15 AM
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My most recent assignment was my financial planner's home in Moraga, CA for Airbnb....

Twilight (agents love these...)




















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Old 03-20-2019, 04:47 AM
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Stephen, fabulous!

Twilight... is where the light is the most beautiful and the colours most intense.
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:56 AM
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Very nice photo work!!!
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:18 AM
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Those are some beautiful shots!
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:30 AM
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Those are fantastic shots!
Brings back memories too - used to live in Alamo/Danville and then Lafayette - very good friends in Moraga who I just visited. Great time of year to shoot as well with all the rain. I do miss those vistas....
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:54 AM
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Beautiful photos Stephen, and beautiful homes too.
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:38 AM
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I think you found your calling! These are all fantastic!
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:28 PM
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Gorgeous pics
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