Monthly Archives: February 2014

Interior photography at Zurich Insurance Canada

Interior photography at Zurich Insurance Canada

Interior photography often has many more complications than just composition and lighting. One of the biggest issues facing a photographer of a commercial interior space is the use of the space. Who will be occupying the space and will they be receptive to a photographer and assistant setting up cameras and lights while people are trying to work?

In the case of the Toronto offices of Zurich Insurance Canada, they had several floors of a major downtown building redone for their new Canadian head office. With the expense of the build out and the associated costs of moving all of their people and equipment, they wanted to get back to work ASAP!

In this case we were very fortunate. Turner Construction, the General Contractor on the project, had a very good relationship with the people at Zurich and we were allowed to come in late in the afternoon (after business hours) and photograph their interior space. I would have liked to schedule the photography to take advantage of the spectacular views afforded by this building in Toronto’s financial district, but an architectural photographers responsibility is to make the best of whatever situation presents itself. I always keep in mind that we are in the space at the sole discretion of the people working there.

Interior photography at Zurich Insurance Canada

Reception lobby at Zurich Insurance Canada

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Aerial photography over the Detroit River

I received a call from a marine transportation company that wanted a Detroit aerial photographer to capture photographs of its tug boat bringing a Jack Up Barge down the Detroit River and past the Detroit skyline. They wanted some good aerial photographs for their web site and marketing material and were willing to pay the extra cost for photography from a helicopter. I contacted Nick McMahon at McMahon Helicopters in Canton, Michigan. Nick is a great pilot with many hours at the controls of the Bell Jet Ranger. Since we had to time the flight with the arrival of the barge in Detroit, we would not be able to wait for ideal weather. The tug boat captain was willing to slow down to give me more shooting time while he sailed past Detroit, but if it was cloudy he was not about to stop and wait for the sun to come out. If I had been able to schedule the flight based on the weather, I would have waited until the following day when the sky was much clearer. But all in all it worked out very well. Nick made my job of shooting very easy. He seemed to know just where to position the helicopter to give me the best shots and on several occasions brought the helicopter down to within a few feet of the water. Aerial photography over the Detroit River, or any body of water, requires extra caution. The great thing about working with an experienced pilot like Nick is that I can concentrate 100% on my photography while he safely positions the helicopter for the best shots. email: curt@claytonstudio.com

Aerial photography over the Detroit River

Aerial photography over the Detroit River. Aerial photograph of tug boat pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit River.

Tug boat Meredith Ashton pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit RIver

Aerial photography over the Detroit River. Low level aerial photograph of tug boat pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit River.

Aerial photograph of tug Meredith Ashton pushing a jack up barge down the Detroit River.

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Detroit architectural photographer

Detroit architectural photographer

Being a Detroit architectural photographer, I should be used to this weather, but I’ve had just about enough cold, snow, ice, freezing rain and more snow for one winter. I’m not sure how people do it in areas of the world that are really cold. Working outside when it’s -10F is not too bad when you are properly dressed, but in the mid-west we know that this is temporary and it is going to warm up in a few weeks. Somehow that makes it much easier to put up with working outside in the cold. I can’t imagine living in a place like Barrow, Alaska where the average mean temperature for July is only 40.4 degrees! How do you work outdoors when it’s -45F?

Like most people living in the U.S. mid-west or southern Ontario, I enjoy the different seasons. Autumn can be spectacular and a snowy winter can be fun and beautiful. One of the great joys of being an architectural photographer is the opportunity to spend so much time outdoors while photographing breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. But this cold weather is outstayed it’s welcome and I am very ready for spring!

Detroit architectural photographer

Woodward Tribute in Pontiac, Michigan on a snowy winter night.


Roses against a red brick wall at the Chass Center on Fort Street in Detroit.

Roses against a red brick wall at the Chass Center on Fort Street in Detroit.

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