Dorig Designs – Kitchen, Bath & Interior Design

Talk about getting out of my comfort zone.  I was asked by Adrienne (a former wedding client of mine; see post in my wedding blog here and here) to photograph three bathrooms she recently designed for a historic home in Claremont.  When I got to the house, I realized I had forgotten to bring my tripod.  So what was I to do?  To think fast (as I usually have to do when I shoot weddings), I bracketed the shots on my Canon 5D Mark II using relatively mid to high ISO. I used an EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L for the very wide shots and an EF 35mm f/1.2.  I braced myself against the walls or door jams to hold my camera very still.  Sometimes, I used my Pelican 1510 case to sit on for added support and lower my line of sight.  It’s a very handy gear case if you asked me.  Nonetheless, I bracketed or took three consecutive shots of the scene to give me three different exposure while holding the camera as still as possible.  This allowed me to do a simple HDR (high dynamic range) on my computer using masking and just a brush tool in Photoshop later.  To light these small rooms more evenly I used two Canon 580EX II using PocketWizard Plus II triggers set to about 1/32 and sometimes 1/4 power depending on what was needed.  I also set my white balance on manual (~6100K) but I got tired of having to change ever so often so I set it to auto.  I shot in RAW so I can correct it in post.  Now for the results:

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