Standing Strong

Traveling Moai
Traveling Moai
Easter Island, Chile

As the late afternoon clouds start to roll in I snagged this long exposure of the Traveling Moai standing proudly above Ahu Tongariki.

The Traveling Moai has been around, in fact he has been to Japan and back! As a thank you to the Japanese for donating a crane and rebuilding the entire Ahu Tongoraiki site after a massive earthquake off the coast of Chile produced a tsunami that rocked the site of and thew the Moai hundreds of yards inland; the Rapa Naui people granted the Japanese permission to take the Traveling Moai to Japan for their Worlds Fair. Upon his return, the Traveling Moai was used in experiments to test the theories on how the Moai were said to have walked up right from Rano Raraku to various locations throughout the island.

Ahu Tongariki Overlooking the Milky Way

Ahu Tongariki Over Looking the Milky Way
Ahu Tongariki Overlooking the Milky Way
Easter Island, Chile

Due to the remote location of Easter Island, it has some of the darkest skies you will see anywhere, but these skies are just as elusive as they are brilliant. Being a small island in the heart of the Pacific there is a constant influx of clouds that unpredictably roll in and out at a moments notice. Over the course of the entire week that I spent here, I had one opportunity to capture the Milky Way and only about a two hour window to make it happen. I chose the epic ceremonial site of Ahu Tongariki which boast the largest of Moai to be transported across the island. With15 Maoi standing strong, they were the perfect silhouette to this blanket of stars accented by the quarry site of Rano Raraku peaking out in the distance.

In order to capture the Milky Way in this manner I had to read a few books by some professional photographers to learn the unorthodox camera settings that I almost never use. For those of you looking to get into this kind of shooting Nightscape by David Kingham is a good place to start.

Moai at Rano Raraku

Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Easter Island, Chile

As one of the most remote and mysterious places on the planet, Easter Island has always been on my radar for places to photograph. I had the opportunity to travel here last July and spent a week studying and capturing the Moai at all hours of the day, and night.

Rano Raraku in Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site is a hot bed for Moai sightings, as there are literally hundreds of them scattered about the hillside in various stages of both construction and burial. Rano Raraku is an extinct volcano where the Moai are quarried, carved and dispersed throughout the island. The Moai featured here embedded in the hillside are said to have been in transport before the Moai culture was abanondoned. Centuries of erosion from the peak of the volcano has buried 20 to sometimes 40 feet of these statues into the ground. Excavations have revealed that these Monoliths are even more massive than they seem.

As a professional photographer I have picked up a few tricks on how to capture movement in a still photograph. Utilizing a 10 stop neutral density filter I was able to slow down time to a 90 second exposure in the middle of the day to give the effect of moving clouds.

Sailboats on Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida

©2014 Craig Denis
Sailboats on Biscayne Bay, Miami, Florida

An array of Sailboats hanging out on the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay with the cityscape of downtown Miami in the distance.  This shot was taken on a beautiful day while location for an advertising shoot at the Flamingo on South Beach.

Advertising Photography – Hilton Hotels, South Beach

 Advertising Photography - Hilton, South Beach
Advertising photography for Hilton Hotels. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
 Advertising Photography - Hilton, South Beach
Advertising photography for Hilton Hotels. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
 Advertising Photography - Hilton, South Beach
Advertising photography for Hilton Hotels. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
 Advertising Photography - Hilton, South Beach
Advertising photography for Hilton Hotels. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
 Advertising Photography - Hilton, South Beach
Advertising photography for Hilton Hotels. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis

The newly renovated Penthouse at the Hilton on South Beach is not only unique to the Hilton Hotel itself, but unique to Miami Beach in general. This one of a kind unit features state of the art interior design for the living area, with two balconies that have million dollar beach views, a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and don’t forget the private rooftop pool overlooking the Atlantic.

We approached this shoot with the goal of making it look as naturally lit as possible. Once again strobe lighting came into play to balance the beach views with the interior and offered a clean look to the final images.

Professional Photography for Artefacto – Regalia Model Unit

Professional Photography - artefacto
Professional photography for Artefacto. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Architectural Photography - artefacto
Architectural photography for Artefacto. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Professional Photography - artefacto
Professional photography for Artefacto. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Commercial Photography - artefacto
Commercial photography for Artefacto. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis

23 Floors up, over looking Sunny Isles Beach is this model unit completely furnished out by Artefacto for their dream homes advertising campaign. Artefacto sells completely furnished units in some of Miami’s most high-end buildings. The Regalia in Sunny Isles is their newest edition. The unique factor about the Regalia is that each floor is one unit with a 360 degree balcony and unimpeded views to the north which it will stay that way, as this is the last plot of land on Sunny Isles. The neighboring city of Golden Beach does not allow high rise buildings so unlike many buildings in Miami, this view that the bedroom overlooks is not temporary.

For professional photographers, the challenge with interior photography projects like this is getting an exposure balance between the cruicial exterior view and the interior setting. With the clever use of strobe lighting this issue can be achieved quite smoothly.

Although Craig Denis is a professional photographer based in Miami, he travels anywhere for a photographic project. Visit his official website www.craigdenis.com to learn more.

Advertising Photography for Michael Dawkins Home – NYC Showroom

Advertising photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Advertising photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Product photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Product photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Product photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Product photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Advertising photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Advertising photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Arhitectural photography MD Home NYC Showroom
architectural photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Professional photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Professional photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Interior photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Interior photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis
Advertising photography MD Home NYC Showroom
Advertising photography for Michael Dawkins home. ©2014 professional photographer Craig Denis

Interior Designer Michael Dawkins recently launched the opening of his huge New York City showroom and as his go to professional advertising photographer, he had us fly in from Miami to photograph it. With it he brings his contemporary vision for high-end furniture, accessories and product design to The Big Apple. For this shoot we focused on shooting a lot of details and vignettes for Michael’s advertising campaigns. With some key dramatic lighting accents and shot angles we got some strong, edgy material for him to use. The distinct architectural lines in his showroom, as well as his custom black laquered flooring made an interesting setting for his unique furniture pieces to be photographed in.

Although Craig Denis is a professional photographer based in Miami, he travels anywhere for a photographic project. Visit his official website www.craigdenis.com to learn more.

Artefacto – Ocean House, Miami Beach

Artefacto-Ocean-House photography by Craig Denis
Artefacto, Ocean House Foyer on South Beach ©2013 Professional interior Photographer Craig Denis
Artefacto-Ocean-House photography by Craig Denis
Artefacto, Ocean House Living Room Detail on South Beach ©2013 Professional interior Photographer Craig Denis
Artefacto-Ocean-House photography by Craig Denis
Artefacto, Ocean House Living Room dusk shot on South Beach ©2013 Professional interior Photographer Craig Denis
Artefacto-Ocean-House photography by Craig Denis
Artefacto, Ocean House Living Room master bedroom on South Beach ©2013 Professional interior Photographer Craig Denis
Artefacto-Ocean-House photography by Craig Denis
Artefacto, Ocean House Guest Bedroom on South Beach ©2013 Professional interior Photographer Craig Denis

Artefacto is a Brazilian furniture design company that is making a huge impact on the Miami luxury condo scene. They are not only in the business of selling high-end modern furniture to interior designers and private clients, but they design and furnish model units for some of the newest condo’s in the South Florida area. The project featured here is from Ocean House, a beautiful condo in a key location right off Ocean Drive on South Beach over looking the Atlantic. Given that the images from this shoot are going to be used in Artefacto’s advertising editorials, we had to give the final images the clean, neutral look that Artefacto is known for. Using professional photography lighting techniques and color correcting gels as well as strategic strobing effects to balance the outdoor day scenes, I was able to give myself a good head start for post production. The images from this shoot can be seen as double page spreads in Florida Design, Aventura Magazine, and many other South Florida periodicals.

Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet-Bal Harbour Location
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
Audemars Piguet-Bal Harbour Location
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
Audemars Piguet-Bal Harbour Location
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis
Audemars Piguet-Bal Harbour Location
©2013 Professional Interior Photographer Craig Denis

In this commercial photography shoot for Audemars Piguet, a high-end Swiss watch dealer at the Shoppes of Bal Harbour in Miami, we focused on the interior features that make their new boutique so unique. The lighting under the main table gives it a futuristic feel and the illusion that it  is floating, while in contrast the use of stone and wood elements and the tv screen rotating images of landscapes give it a more natural outdoors look. The little rock gardens with live moss are a really nice touch as well. From a professional photographer’s stand point this was a fun project the store was very well lit but we did hit a few accents of our own lighting to bring out some details.

Artefacto – Grove at Grand Bay

Artefacto Showroom for the Grove at Grand Bay
Artefacto Showroom “Before”
©2013 Professional Photographer Craig Denis
Artefacto Showroom for the Grove at Grand Bay
Artefacto Showroom “After”
©2013 Professional Photographer Craig Denis

In this beast of a post production project for Artefacto I was once again asked to make miracles happen to turn this showroom model unit for the soon to be Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove, Miami into what looks like a penthouse apartment sitting room. In the before and after images above you can see that the room I was dealing with presented many challenges. As many commercial photographers know, preconception of the final image in post production had to be thought about while the shoot was happening. The view from the before image features a row of fake floor to ceiling windows with a printed picture of what the view will be. Artefacto’s creative team provided me with the original photos taken to print the window view, I then had to free transform and perspective control those files to fit exactly over the printed windows. Strategic professional photography lighting was set on location to bring the After image to life and further color balance was required in photoshop to give the room a daylight look to match the dropped in view from the outside. The final image is going to be used for Artefacto’s advertising campaign for this location and will be featured as a double page spread in Ocean Drive  Magazine and Florida Design

Check out my previous “Before and After” post to see a little video I put together for more before and after architectural photography samples.

 

Craig is a professional photographer in Miami specializing in Architectural & Interior photography and is hired on a freelanced basis for advertising purposes. The posts from this blog will feature samples and descriptions of his favorite commercial projects.