A blog that focuses on the photography of Dean J. Birinyi, an interior and architectural photographer based in San Francisco, CA.

Hospitality Design Photography

Royal Palm Pub
Heritage Park Clubhouse
Sacramento, CA
Lennar Homes
Williams + Paddon Archtiects + Planners

Today's architectural photograph is of Hospitality Design. I shopt the Royal Palm Pub at Heritage Park in Sacramento, California for both  Lennar Homes and Williams + Paddon Archtiects + Planners .

I've been shooting architecture and interior design for twenty-five years and have a very broad range of experience. This is another available light image from the chemical era shot with a 4x5 camera. I used available light because there was no place to put any lights that wouldn't be visible in the final shot that would actually have contributed to the photograph.

In my younger days I would have forced the matter and insisted on using supplemental lighting, but it would have been a waste of time. What benefit some minor increase in illumination would have been gained would not have been commensurate with the effort. I know this because I had forced the issue with adding unnecessary supplemental light before. The advantage of my experience helped create the authentic presentation of this clubhouse bar.

Prior to my adoption of the HDR technique these types of shots could only be done at night due to the extreme range light levels of the interior and exterior - the dynamic range of the shot. Now we can shoot these types of shots during daylight hours and walk away with stunning results. Of course this also depends on the establishment, some spaces simply look better at night because their context fits that atmosphere, and some times we need to shoot at night to resolve conflicts with the need of photography with the needs of the businesses normal operations.