1st Place Award
Large Bathrooms
Before and After Category
NKBA Northern California
Shari Steele
Shari Steele Designs
Today’s architectural photograph is a residential bathroom that took first place in the large bathroom before and after category in the 2012 NKBA Northern California design competition shot in 2011 for Shari Steele of Shari Steele Designs.

I enjoyed working with Shari on this bathroom because it is such a warm and nurturing space, with a wonderful flow of energy and a harmony to the design that can be felt through the images. Shari and I share a minimalist approach to styling that helped focus attention on the creative concept of the interior design.

1st Place Award
Large Bathrooms
Before and After Category
NKBA Northern California
Shari Steele
Shari Steele Designs
I shot this space using available light and the HDR or tonemapping technique, which I’ve been working with since December 2008. The technique allows me to manipulate available light almost as effectively as a painter or rendering artist. I qualify that statement because as a photographer I have to work with the light that’s really there, painters have no such restriction. You can see how I have captured the luminance, warmth and character of the tungsten lighting while capturing the effect of the strong daylight streaming in through the shower window without loosing either highlight or shadow detail. And my decades of experience gives me the tools I need to balance the color of the conflicting lightsources to ensure the viewers perception of the character of the space in the photographs is as genuine as can be achieved.

Dean