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NW Kidney Center, Seattle

Posted by Mike on July 19, 2009

Like Postcards they said….

My favorite photo of the facility, however, is this lobby shot.

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FROM THE CHAIR…. control of the world (almost).

Posted by Mike on June 10, 2009

Note: due to the extensive theft of the primary photograph here…. I have to remind you there is about a $100,000 fine for stealing this picture now that it’s registered with the US copyright office…..

What if you could control your world from a chair like this?

Well this fishing boat (almost 300 feet) captain can, and does, with his all new electronic bridge.

We made this photo with a Canon 5D, a 16mm lens at f16 and used 9 exposures and multiple sets of lights off and on about 30 or more minutes after sunset to layer together an exposure for each monitor level, the exterior, and the red running lights. The lens is in the position the captain’s eye would be from THE CHAIR.

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Kitchen and Bath Design Contest

Posted by Mike on December 5, 2008

For $300 I can help you win this contest.

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We are now in the middle of the 2008-9 Wolf/SubZero contest. Time to get some photos of those hot projects… or sell a sub zero refer and stove…

Official Contest Rules.

All design and construction must be fully completed within the contest period of
January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2009. The individual entrant must be the person who designed the kitchen. If a
team of two or more designers enters the contest and is selected as a regional winner, only one trip for two and
one cash prize of $500 will be awarded. The designers must decide who will attend the contest celebration.

Prize Structure and Categories.

Regional winners competing within distributor territories will receive $500
cash and will compete for national awards in the categories listed below. In addition to cash prizes, all regional,
national and international winners receive a trip for two to The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida for the four-day
celebration March 24–28, 2010. International winners will also be eligible to win national awards.
Best Use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in the Kitchen. Two first place national winners will be selected—one for a
traditional/transitional kitchen and one for contemporary/minimalist—both will carry a cash prize of $15,000 and
include the trip for two. A second place national winner (any style kitchen) will receive $10,000 and the trip for two.
A third place winner (any style kitchen) will receive $5,000 and the trip for two.
Designers’ Choice Award. One national winner, selected by peers, via an online voting system (any style kitchen),
will receive a cash prize of $15,000 and the trip for two.
Best Use of Integrated, Wine Storage and/or Wolf Equipment Outside the Kitchen. One national winner will
receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the trip for two.
Best Use of Sub-Zero and Wolf in an Outdoor Kitchen. One national winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000
and the trip for two.
Sustainable “Green” Kitchen Using Sub-Zero and Wolf. One national winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000
and the trip for two.
International Award. Three winners will be selected—one for Europe, one for Central/South America and the third
for Middle East/Asia Pacific—all three will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and the trip for two. Winners will also
have the chance to compete for the top four national awards.
Student Award. One national winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and the trip for two.

Frequently asked questions and answers:
1) Is it necessary to use both Sub-Zero and Wolf in a kitchen
to enter the contest?
Yes, either a full-size built-in or integrated unit as the refrigeration
and Wolf equipment as the primary cooking instruments
for the residence must be used. It is not a requirement to use
Wolf ventilation, microwave oven or warming drawer.

bath2) What type of drawings do I need to provide?
To help in the judging process, 8.5″ x 11″ format is preferred.
Handling larger drawings slows the judging process. Entrants
can use computer drawings, reduced blue prints or artist
renderings. The purpose of the drawings is to give our judges
the layout of the room and an idea of traffic flow. We need
both floor plan and elevations if possible.
3) Do you want the entrant’s name on the drawings?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. Please leave your name off the drawings,
narrative, photos or any other material you send us. If you do
not follow this step, we will delete this information to avoid
any potential for bias on the part of our judges.
4) What type of photography do I need to include?
(Not applicable for student category.)
As the rules spell out, we need a minimum of two 5″ x 7″
or 8″ x 10″ color prints of the entry. Larger prints are acceptable.
Professional photography is not required, but the
obvious benefit of a nicely photographed kitchen would be
to your advantage. “Before” shots are also welcomed.
5) Who are the judges?
We are in the process of recruiting a few new judges. We
will provide you with this information as soon as the process
is completed. The selections will be indicative of the high
caliber of judges utilized in past KDC contests.
6) Describe the category, “Best Use of Integrated, Wine
Storage and/or Wolf Equipment Outside the Kitchen”.
The design flexibility of the integrated products along with our
wine storage equipment and the Wolf equipment offers endless
possibilities. We want to encourage you to think “outside
of the box” and use your imagination to show us interesting
applications for both Sub-Zero and Wolf products.
7) Am I strictly limited to 200 words (or 500 for Sustainable
“Green” and student categories) in the narrative?
Yes, please adhere to the rules; however, the judges do
not count words. We rely on the entrant to summarize the
problems and design solutions they offered in their entries
in a succinct manner.
8) Can you provide specific suggestions for the narrative?
The narrative can include design challenges encountered,
how these challenges were worked into the design and how
the use of Sub-Zero and Wolf products benefited or brought
uniqueness to the design. For additional design narrative
suggestions, please refer to the back of the official entry
form.
9) When and where will the regional winners go for their
four-day trip?
The KDC celebration is March 24–28, 2010. For 2010, we
will return to The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
10) What is the deadline for the receipt of entries at Sub-Zero
and Wolf and when will the regional winners be announced?
All entries must be received no later than January 8, 2010.
Regional and special awards winners will be announced the
week of February 8, 2010.

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Kitchen Design Contest Photography

Posted by Mike on November 22, 2008

Here is a fabulous award winning kitchen from Dawn Gogle at Hoppet Design….

Photographed at dusk with a 4×5 camera and a few lights to fill in for the gaps in ambient light.

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Kitchen Design Contest Photography

Posted by Mike on November 9, 2008

A winning entry from Dawn Gogle/ Hoppet Design and Build, Gig Harbor, WA

gogel-kitchen-rgbThis was shot with a 21/4 camera, on film, with a 40mm lens… The space was too small to get my 4×5 into the spot I needed to be… Extensive photoshop work removed a stainless bun warmer built into one of the cabinets, straightened the perspective (both ways), and to get the color under control for magazine reproduction. The floor just would not scan correctly… cherry wood is a tough color I guess….

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Kitchen Design Contest Photography

Posted by Mike on November 8, 2008

savvy-cabinetsSavvy Cabinets hires me to photograph their work for Kitchen and Bath design contests. This little photo required a bunch of gymnastics (for the camera and lights).

Lighting small areas is tough. There is no place for lights. So we are back to mutiple exposures with a light in and with a light out… then combining them.

To finish the image I tweaked the vertical perspective (mostly with the camera)… but not enough… so I tweaked the horizontal perspective (mostly with Photoshop)…. Then, the picture looked like a real carpenter with a square and a level built the kitchen.

This is important. Architects and designers hate distorted wide angle lens shots….. This image was made with several lights you can’t see, a 40mm lens, and a 21/4 square camera with Kodak film.

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So… you don’t have room for a garden?

Posted by Mike on August 9, 2008

Take a tour of floating homes then you will know what miniature means. Here is a fully functioning garden.

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Ocean Alexander…. only 74 feet

Posted by Mike on August 8, 2008

Here is a 12 shot panoramic interior of one of the nicest places you could ocean-alexanderbe out on the water…. Got a few million? then you’re all set….

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Lexington Realty, variety

Posted by Mike on June 8, 2008

In two days we shot each of these… What a variety… beauty and the beast I’d say.

But that’s thing with being a professional photographer you need to make these things look as good as you can regardless of the driving rain storm or crush of darkness, or security guards who want to shoot you even though you work for their boss’s boss’s boss.

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Nicest Sewage Pumping Station

Posted by Mike on June 8, 2006

The 4×5 proves it’s worth once again… keeping those machines in focus all the way down the line.

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