Congratulations to Matt Van Emmerik from Kelowna, BC--July 2019 Photographer of the Month! The theme this month was Master Ensuite and we had 43 entries from around the world. As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who participated and to the jury who continue to volunteer their valuable time and thoughtful insights.
Please feel free to view and comment on any of this month's entries here.
Thank you! It's an honor to win POTM! Thanks to the judges as I know how much time you invest into studying these images and commenting on them.
This image was originally shot for high-end real estate in a $6million waterfront home with a higher than normal budget. It was captured on my Canon 5D Mark IV with a 16-35mm F2.8 II lens at 24mm plus Godox and Canon lighting (AD200 AD360 TT685C Speedlight, Canon 600EX-RT Speedlight). It was a composite shot built from 4-6 exposure frames (flash and ambient). The judges' comments are correct in saying it looked like one of those difficult layouts to capture.
There was a flash set in the bedroom camera right (AD200 ceiling bounce mistake) as well as in the bathroom camera right (Speedlight) bouncing on a white closet door to brighten up the white cabinets a smidge (barely used this portion) plus my light on a stick for some fill. Then the flashes were moved camera left for a more natural light direction and a large shoot through umbrella (AD360) was used in the bedroom by the window for a soft but hard punch of natural-looking light as the bedroom was actually quite dark and tricky to light with beams shooting across the ceiling. I honestly didn’t do a great job with the bedroom as you can tell; when looking at the mirror, there are two shadow directions but I was good with it as you’d never know if there was a window or a skylight camera right, so it works.
I actually thought after submitting this photo that it would get shredded by the judges. There are a couple of things I missed when retouching this image and after looking it over a million times, didn’t see it until I clicked submit and saw it on the contest page the next day. The bedroom lighting was one; and I accidentally desaturated the window in the shower with the Soffit and tree reflection. Thankfully, it’s not a distraction or even that noticeable but I wanted to point that out because these sorts of things can easily happen no matter how much time we spend working on and studying an image.
I’ve noticed a lot of natural light entries have been winning lately, which is great to see it’s going back in time to a film-look again and away from the over-lit, picture frame darken mode window-pull shots that were becoming so popular in real estate.
Anyways, thanks again for the honor; and to the judges. Cheers.