Open Plan Kitchen
Private Residence
Los Altos, CA
Rutt of Los Altos
Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry
Martino Interiors
Today's architectural photograph is an open plan residential kitchen in Los Altos shot in 2009 for multiple clients: Rutt of Los Altos , Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry and Martino Interiors.

This is an available light image I shot using the HDR technique. I like shooting interior design with HDR because I can capture the character and emotional context of the space as it exists without transforming the representation of the space to meet the mechanical limitations of the camera through the use of supplemental lighting. It can be difficult to use HDR and create photo realistic images but as you can see here and throughout my portfolio on my main website it can be done to great effect.

I use a version of this image without the dog in my IDCEC CEU "Photography for Interior Designers" to describe how to direct the viewers eye through an image using contrast, color and pattern. This version with dog is in my portfolio because he gives the image an extra kick.