Today’s architectural photograph is a bathroom that took third place in the small bathroom category of the 2012 NKBA Northern California design awards, shot in 2011 the space designed by Shari Steele of Shari Steele Designs is a stylistic companion to her “Rainforest Bathroom” that took first place in large bathrooms this year.
The challenge with shooting small spaces is that they are so small. The need for extremely wide angle lenses requires skill patience, determination and a dedication to making whatever effort is required to get the best shot. In the shot above I was crouched down below the camera in the shower, in the reverse angle view the tripod and camera were leaning precariously over the vanity, without the use of the tripod and the ability to control the camera from the computer we wouldn’t have gotten either of these images, or at least not as easily and effectively as we did,
It takes a lot out of both the photographer and the designer to get great shots of these tight spaces but the investment of time, energy and effort is worth it.
I shot this bathroom using available light and the HDR tonemapping process. I’m always amazed at the capacity to show both highlight and shadow detail that previously were at best a battle to achieve while still maintaining the character and the emotional context of the design.