Monthly Archives: June 2013

iPhone Photo of the Day

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Three days home.…and I’m off again! LA, and beyond. Weighing the cases to stay under the weight limits…love my platform scale!

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Intercontinental Hotel, Doha the City.

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SF Millenium Tower by Handel Architects


I’ve shot the inside of this building many times, but I’ve never needed a good photo of the outside. Earlier this year, I decided I ought to make one, anyway. I spent a couple of Sunday afternoons wandering around the neighborhood, looking suspicious, scouting for locations to shoot from. Eventually I settled on the eighth floor of a building occupied by a global hedge fund management company.

They wouldn’t mind letting a random photographer run around their building, right? [#sarcasm]  As it turns out, it was actually fine. Getting access to a shooting location usually comes down to asking (the right people, in the right way), figuring out the process, and then following it to a “T”. I worked with the building management, and the tenant (the hedge fund people) and while it took a couple of weeks and some paperwork, eventually I got everything I had asked for: access for several hours, at two different times.


As you can see from the construction, this angle won’t be available for much longer. The new Transbay Tower and transportation hub going into a 2-block piece of the SoMA district will soon occlude the gorgeous blue and white Millenium. At least from this viewpoint.


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Having a little trouble straightening the verts on this one….

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At Katara Center for the Arts, Doha.

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Pizza and beers with Eduardo Angel, Peter Hurley, and David Burnett – in NY.

Flight Connections

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نراكم قريبا!

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On location with BaranStudio Architects in San Francisco’s SoMA district.
Alan hanging a weather balloon from the rafters…things we do for the shot, haha!

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On location with Bleu Leman Design!

Infinity Tower, Dubai Marina by Skidmore Owings Merrill

hargis_130309_028_smallIt hasn’t been topped out yet, but I couldn’t resist shooting it anyway — this is the Infinity Tower, Dubai Marina, scheduled for completion later this year. Just a few degrees of twist to go!

When it’s done, it’ll be about 300+ meters and 76 floors of residential awesomeness. One thing I’ll be very interested in is how they plan to clean the windows. And there’s always a plan. Some of these buildings require expensive and amazing custom-built apparatus to access the facade. The Burj Khalifa went old-school.

Rapelling would be an option for Infinity, but with a, uh….twist. (sorry, I couldn’t resist that one).

I scored the perfect platform to shoot from, and got a nice series. InshAllah, I’ll get a shot of the finished tower later this year!


And as a bonus, here’s a fuzzy pre-dawn BTS shot:

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Melbourne Workshop Recap

O2V_small-2Don’t Ask.

Every time I go to Australia, something weird happens, and it’s never my fault. This time, I got photographed while reclining in a shopping cart, in a back alley. That’s the cast of characters from my workshop, photo courtesy of Craig Purcell.

Last time, after lunching on grilled Kangaroo Skewers (which the Aussies don’t think is weird, at all) I was ruthlessly mocked by a pair of barmaids who mistook my pitch-perfect Aussie accent for something funny. And that was after a Tassie regaled the table about Ralph Fiennes getting banned from an airline for “shagging the Qantas Sheila in the WC!”  And the time before that, I was made to do the “Tim-Tam Slam” (which is actually really cool, in addition to being genuinely Aussie-Weird).

Anyway. Recently I was in Melbourne Australia as the guest of Open2View, the largest real-estate photography organization anywhere outside (possibly) Scandinavia. Every other year, O2V holds a National Conference with meetings workshops, and an awards dinner. And of course, lots of Fun. I believe I’m well on my way to honorary citizenship in both New Zealand and Tasmania.

I did some speaking, and a couple of lighting seminars, and then a full-day workshop at a pretty cool loft near the CBD. Below was our Ultimate Lighting Challenge shot from (near) the end of the day:


And we shot another angle, as well:


O2V photographers have a lot invested in their business; it’s a franchise operation so you have to buy in with a pretty significant stake. As a result, they’re generally VERY serious about their photography. I was pretty impressed! I didn’t get to hang out with nearly enough people, but the folks I did spend time with turned out to be very talented and experienced. And this always makes for a good workshop.

While at all the various dinners and drinks and gatherings, I was getting pretty much obsessed with iPhone photography, to the point that I killed the battery on my phone more than once.  Here’s a few of my faves:

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The bathroom floor at a Chinese Restaurant. You know you’re eating with a true architectural photographer when she returns from the bathroom and excitedly tells you how cool the floor was. And yes, I got up to go check it out. And it was cool!, so….I took a picture. Don’t judge me.

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This disco ball had me mesmerized for about three hours.


O2V awards dinner on Saturday night.

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More disco ball….I have about 50 or 60 of these photos.

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There are rumours floating around about a New Zealand workshop….stay tuned….

iPhone Movie of the Day

What Does It Take To Make It?

Last March, when I was in Dubai with GPP, I had the chance to hang out a bit with Lee Morris and Patrick Hall, the duo behind the popular blog

Lee and Patrick were attending as guests of GPP, and of course shooting a ton of video. They shot interviews with 8 of the 13 instructors and cut them together into the 15-minute collage above. You’ll have to hold out for the 9-minute mark to see me, but frankly it won’t be difficult — this is actually really good stuff to listen to. You’re getting career advice from the best: Heisler, Burnett, McNally, Hurley, Keatley, Arias & Hobby.