Congratulations Brandon Beechler March Photographer Of The Month

March 24th, 2013

BrandonBeechlerPostThe PFRE jury has voted Brandon Beechler, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA the PFRE photographer for March. Brandon’s winning kitchen photograph is on the right. Click on it for a full size image.

Here is the voting results:

  1. Brandon Beechler – 67
  2. Anders Carlson – 18
  3. Charles Coleman – 16
  4. Michael Baxley – 13
  5. Josh Hill – 13
  6. Jason Jones – 10
  7. Kate Benjamin – 9
  8. Matthew Waclo – 7
  9. Adrienne Dufficy – 6
  10. Luke Gibson – 3
  11. Kevin Edge -3
  12. Barry MacKenzie – 3
  13. Mary Powell – 2

Here are Brandon’s comments on the technical details of this photo:

I love shooting white interiors. They have their challenges, but the end results always look so clean and crisp. This home was unbelievably stellar. There was almost zero drywall in the entire house! All millwork and paneling. The craftsmanship and finish work was some of the best I have ever seen! Photographing it was satisfying, yet challenging. This was the composition I settled on for the kitchen because it really showed off the inlaid butcher block counter with the marble island, and you could see how it was connected to the dining room with all the detail in the arches that separated them.

Here are the lighting details: one speedlight camera left, bounced off of a closed door that goes into the butler’s pantry. One speedlight camera right bounced off a wall. A light in front of the camera bounced off the lower cabinets to light the near side of the island. The window left of center is open to remove reflections. Light in the dining room shot through an umbrella. Light behind the island and bounced off of it to light the far lower cabinets. Lightroom used to make RAW adjustments. A few small tweaks in Photoshop to tone down some of the hot spots and shadows. The client loved the image.

I’m leaving all the photos up in the contest flickr group so everyone can see and comment on the photos for the rest of March. Thanks everyone for all the educational comments and participation!

Stolen photo warning: Turns out that Brandon’s winning photo is hot in more ways than one! One of the PFRE jurors (Nick Jones) noticed that the website has already stolen Brandon’s winning photo, has it in their portfolio and is representing it is theirs. Nice trick if you can get away with it! Nick noticed Brandon’s stolen photo because the same site had also stolen two of his photos. You might check to see if any of your photos are in this portfolio. Well at least they have good taste!

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13 Responses to “Congratulations Brandon Beechler March Photographer Of The Month”

  • A landslide victory! Congrats!

  • Congratulations Brandon. You won handily in a tough competition. Great composition and natural exposure.

  • Well done Brandon! It was definitely a stand-out image!

  • Great job Brandon! Very nice photo.

    By the way, the guy that stole Brandon’s photo from the flickr pool is a total hack ( His entire website and business model are also stolen from other sources. It’s sad.

  • Thanks guys! I sent an email to company that stole my work and the image is already taken down. Never ceases to amaze me how someone can blatantly steal work and pass it off as their own. Even when it looks nothing like what they offer.

    I put up a blog post outlining the lighting of the image. Have a look if you’re interested in it:

  • Well done!

    While he has taken it down, wonder if he was going to defocus it like all the others. In addition to being a hack, also notice he is a realtor without acknowledging it. The only place it shows up is on his blog, and article about FSBOs and offers to rebate the cost of photography if he later lists it. Of course, the blog article could have been stolen, and he (or she) didn’t bother reading it.

  • Congratulations, and thanks for the step-by-step on your blog! This is invaluable information for people like me looking to improve our own images.

  • Over the years we have had parts of our website lifted and embedded into other sites! It is amazing how brazen some people can be. When they are confronted – someone else is always responsible.

    Great details on how the winning photo was composed.

  • Hi brandon

    fantastic shot, very very nice indeed congratulations.

    may I ask what camera and lens did you use for this particular shoot mate?

    thanks for the lighting info too, very cool stuff.

    cheers Grant

  • @ urban photography : The EXIF says Canon T1i with the Tokina 12-24.

  • Yup, you got it. Shot with my old T1i and the Tokina 12-24.

  • that used to be called a rebel the T1i didnt it? i think i remeber that old one. still taking good shots for you I see ha ha

  • Excellent shot. Great perspective, lighting, and staging. Very beautiful kitchen also.

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