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

Surrealism in Architectural Photography

Pulgas Water Temple
Woodside, CA
Rise Krag
RKI Interior Design
Today's architectural photograph is a promotional shot done for Rise Krag of RKI Interior Design. Rise asked me to help her create  promotional photo for a charity event and suggested the concept of a table setting at the Pulgas Water Temple in Woodside, CA.

The concept was dream like and enchanting and I jumped at the chance to work with Rise, who is an accomplished fine arts painter as well as a talented interior designer. Her concept of a dream like image of a dining table on the lawn at the Water Temple was enchanting. I knew the HDR technique gave me a unique ability to crate an image with a dream like clarity perfectly suited to the surrealistic scene she described.

We had very little time to get the shot done because press time for the event promo was only days away. Rise contact the San Francisco Water Department who granted us special access with no fee because of the charitable nature of the event. We arrived and the conditions were perfect. The site had been used for a wedding the day before so it was already cleaned up to a greater extent, just a few flowers, some tissues and some children's shoes were spread around the site. We set up this symmetrical shot and within and hour we had crated this remarkable powerful image.