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Detroit Medical Center Night Photography

Detroit Medical Center Night Photography

My goal was to produce a dramatic architectural photograph for my client. Parking structures might not be as sexy as a 50 story condo tower, but our modern cites couldn’t survive without them. And in the hands of great designers and builders, these very utilitarian buildings can look as good as the offices they serve. A chance to do night photography at the Detroit Medical Center is the type of project that an architectural photographer loves! This new parking structure for the Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital utilizes precast concrete panels manufactured by Prestessed Systems, Inc. who hired me to photograph it. The decision to do a night photograph was based on two factors; 1) with a night shot of the building the darkness would hide much of the construction at the south end (far left) of the parking garage. 2) The second, and most important reason is that night photographs look awesome when properly executed. With the sun setting shortly after 9:00pm, we decided to arrive on site at 8:00pm to begin setting up. Once camera position was determined and the tripod and camera locked down, we brought the generator out onto the median (at the far left) and set up 2 Lowel DP lights (with 1000watt bulbs). The first captures were for the sky and the interior lighting of the structure. Once those were done we started the generator and turned on the lights. I started by lighting the south end of the building (far left) and used 2 lights to light approximately 1/3 of the building. We moved the lights and repeated this until we had captures of the entire building well lit. Then it was just a matter of layering the captures together in postproduction. The moon was out when we did the architectural photography, although it was not a full moon. I removed the “real moon” in post and replaced it with a full moon from my files. I love photographing all types of buildings and interiors and all types of architectural photography, but my favorite type of photography has always been night photography. Overall, I’m very happy with this night shot at the DMC.

Detroit Medical Center Night Photography

Detroit Medical Center Heart Hospital parking garage.

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Architectural & interior photography at Southfield Town Center in Southfield, Michigan

In early May I was contacted by Deutsche Bank in New York about providing architectural photography of the Town Center complex in Southfield, Michigan. This is a landmark complex in the Metro Detroit area and with it’s reflective gold glass and distinctively shaped office towers, it’s impossible to miss the Town Center complex as you head north on the Lodge Freeway from Detroit. Located 10 miles north of Detroit, the upper floors of the office towers afford a good view of the Renaissance Center to the south and the surrounding Detroit suburbs. The complex consists of 5 office towers totaling 2.2 million square feet.

Being involved in the purchase of the Town Center complex by 601 West Cos. from Blackstone Group, Deutsche Bank wanted good quality architectural and interior photography but they did not have the luxury of waiting for ideal weather. Deutsche Bank told me that they need 3 -5 exterior photographs and 1 or 2 good interior photographs of the large atrium.

One shoot day the sky was cloudier than I would have liked, but do to my client’s schedule I had to shoot. As Deutsche Bank was not looking for sunrise or sunset photographs of the exterior, I began shooting shortly before 9:00am. I photographed the exterior from various locations throughout the day and then moved inside to photograph the atrium when the late afternoon sunlit was steaming in through the large glass wall. The final photographs of the day were a couple of exterior photographs taken from a Lodge Freeway overpass north of Southfield Town Center.

Then next day I posted 25 proofs online for my client to review and by 5:00pm had delivered high-resolution digital files of the six photographs that they selected

The results of the day were some nice photographs of the complex and a very happy client. Also encouraging was word that the new owners, 601 West Cos. are planning on spending between $40 and $50 million on upgrades to the complex.

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First National Building Detroit

First National Building, Detroit

First National Building Detroit. When Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services needed an architectural photographer to do interior photography in some of the newly refurbished and renovated spaces in the historic First National Building in Detroit, I was lucky enough to get the call. The interior renovation work was still in the early stages but new interior photography was needed for marketing purposes. Of course, being a true architectural photographer, I had to do a couple of exterior photographs of this great building!

This is one of the truly great buildings of Detroit. Designed by Albert Kahn in the Neoclassic style and completed in 1930, this 26 story building features limestone construction, 3 story tall Corinthian Columns and incredible interior detailing. With over 800,000 square feet of floor space, the First National Building is one of the largest buildings in Detroit.

Photograph of the First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

First National Building, Detroit

Corinthian Column detail, First National Building, Detroit photo by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Corinthian Column detail, First National Building, Detroit

Elevator, First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Elevator, First National Building, Detroit

Elevator detail, First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Elevator detail, First National Building, Detroit

Ceiling detail, First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Ceiling detail, First National Building, Detroit

 

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