Monday, February 8, 2010
Small Condo in Portland
I shot a small condo in Portland this week, on Winter St, and I had a great time. The seller had a great sense of modern style which really worked well for the condo, and even though under 500 sq ft, the flow and height of the ceilings made it feel much bigger.
As in all shoots, there were a number challenges in shooting this condo (that's what makes it fun!). As mentioned above, working with the size and demonstrating the nice flow of the place, without misleading potential buyers in terms of its size was one hurdle to overcome.
The next one was the exterior shot. In the West End of Portland, houses are close together and also have many telephone lines in front of them. We edit out these lines with our eyes, but the camera makes them visible and ugly. I chose to get around this by doing up close shots and ones that minimized the lines, instead using a tree to frame the building.
The most interesting challenge was the strong light that came into the condo. You wouldn’t think that would be a problem, except the strong light, created strong shadows that even my lighting wasn’t able to balance well. So the seller and I tacked a pillow case over the window to let light in but make it more diffuse. You will see in the picture that this pillow case even looked like a nice curtain, so I didn’t even really have to hide it when I was shooting.
It was a really fun shoot, where I spent a lot of time on detail, and I think the pictures are some of my better ones. The listing is with John Herrigel of Green Tree Realty, and is for $124,900.
For more pictures of this listing and others, feel free to go to the album of new photography of listings on my fan page "envisonpix" . I will post the virtual tour soon as well.