Third Place
Large Kitchen Category
2012 NKBA Northern California Design Competition
Gina Viscusi
Viscusi Elson Interior Design


Third Place
Large Kitchen Category
2012 NKBA Northern California Design Competition
Gina Viscusi
Viscusi Elson Interior Design
Today’s architectural photograph is a kitchen that won third place in large kitchens category of the 2012 NKBA Northern California design competition. This private residence in Los Altos, CA was shot in 2011 for Gina Viscusi of Viscusi Elson Interior Design.

I shot his project using available light and the HDR or tonemapping technique because I wanted to capture the subtle nuances of the atmosphere or the home. Tonemapping allows me to not only capture the true character and emotional context of the space it also provides me with a set of tools I use to bring out critical details in a way that is simply not possible when relying on supplemental lighting equipment. Use of supplemental lighting imposes restrictions on the photographer by dictating the position of the lighting based the reflective nature of the surfaces and finishes. This in turn dictates the positioning and intensity of shadowing that is so critical to communicating the atmosphere of the space.

Third Place
Large Kitchen Category
2012 NKBA Northern California Design Competition
Gina Viscusi
Viscusi Elson Interior Design
The HDR or tonemapping technique, when used skillfully allows the photographer to create images that have an authenticity that cannot be matched using invasive supplemental lighting because we work with the available light and use the unique properties of digital photography and computer technology to overcome the mechanical limitations of the photographic process. In the past we photographers would employ darkroom techniques to manipulate the properties of our film and prints to bring our the details that were important and communicate our interpretation of the scene we were photographing. Digital photography took some of those tools away, HDr and tonemapping returns a version of some of those tools and provides a host of new opportunities to manipulate a scene.

Dean