Thursday, May 18, 2017

American Institute of Architects 2017 Home Tour - San Luis Obispo Architecture Photography

The AIA California Central Coast is having their annual home tour this Sunday, May 21st. The tour celebrates the work of local architecture, engineering and construction professionals by opening up five unique local homes for tours. I had the pleasure of photographing one of the homes for Studio 2G Architects. 
California home photographer
This beautifully designed and crafted contemporary remodel brings new life to a mid-century, single-level home. The theme that runs inside and out is attention to detail and functionality.

mid-century home remodel, AIACCC Home tour
I shot these images with my 51 megapixel Canon 5D SR for maximum resolution, and a beautiful Canon 17mm TS-E Tilt Shift lens to correct any distortion. Combined with my iPad and WiFi camera control system its my new favorite for high-end, ultra sharp, distortion free architecture photography.

mid-century home remodel, california architecture photographer

mid-century home remodel, San Luis Obispo Building Photographer


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san luis obispo architecture photographer, studio 101 west photography

san luis obispo architecture photographer, studio 101 west photography
san luis obispo architecture photographer, studio 101 west photography
For tickets and more information on the 2017 Home Tour go to the AIACCC website.
For more information on high quality architecture photography go to Studio101West.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Halter Ranch Winery, Tasting Room and Wine Caves - Paso Robles Architecture Winery Photographer

J.W. Design & Construction works exclusively with Studio 101 West Photography to photograph all their projects. Probably one of our favorite projects to date is Halter Ranch Winery, located in the heart of the Paso Robles' Westside Adelaida District. This 900 acre ranch boasts 280 acres of vineyards in California’s Central Coast Wine Country. The best part for us is that we get to "artfully" capture the entire process for J.W Design & Construction. It is very important for them to have record of the construction phases as well as the final product. They use our photography for their website, marketing material, proposals for new work, and submissions for awards. It is no wonder they are one of the biggest and sought after builders on the Central Coast. They understand the value of having their quality work captured with quality photography. This valuable process and the superior quality of their work keeps them in the forefront of the construction industry.  
Halter Ranch Farm House - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The first thing you see when entering Halter Ranch is the original farm house built in 1885. It was restored and expanded in 2000 by J.W. Design & Construction.

Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Building the roof, both exterior and interior was a true work of art by true craftsmen.

Winery Construction - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The tank room under construction.


Wood Beam Construction Photos - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The winery is full of state-of-the-art features while maintaining artistic craftsmanship in every detail. This is the upper level of the tank room.

Architectural Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
This is the front section of the winery that holds offices and meeting space. You can see the private airstrip in the background.

JW Design Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Front view of the main winery building.

Central Coast Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Every stone used in the walls was harvested on site and meticulously shaped and placed by hand.

Winery Architecture Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The grapes are offloaded from the upper ramp and gravity fed through the winemaking process.

Winery Interior Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Finished shot of the gravity fed tank room.

Drone Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Drone photo of the main winery 5 years after completion shows how time has brought out the patina of the exterior materials.

Architectural Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
A beautiful covered bridge connects the house and barnyard to the new buildings.

Winery Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Some of the old ranch buildings have been rebuilt with amazing attention to detail, including the chicken coop on the left.

Ranch Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography



Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
I love the artistic attention to detail the architect kept even on the out buildings and barns.

Drone Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

An aerial drone shot was the best way to show all the new buildings in one photo.

FAA Drone Licensed Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography

This drone photo shows the new tasting room with the 6 year old winery in the background. Made from the same materials you can see the drastic difference that a few years has made.

Central Coast Professional Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Dusk exterior photo of the new tasting room lit with small strobes and existing lights.

Architectural Interior Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Interior of the tasting room with its spectacular views of the vineyards and surrounding hills.

Winery Tasting Room Marketing Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The tasting room has no shortage of places to sit and relax to enjoy your wine.

Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Back patio of the tasting room with built in BBQ and wood burning oven. You can see one of the cave entrances near the middle of the frame.

Construction Phases Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
One of the three entrances to the wine caves under construction. The complex tunnels of this cave were bored out of the existing hill side with an established vineyard on top.

Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Patio entrance to the wine caves under construction.

Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Patio entrance to the caves finished.

Heavy Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Wine cave under construction.

Wine Cave Tunel Boring Construction Photographer -  Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Dirty and dangerous job for sure.

Wine Cave Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Some of the special equipment used to construct the caves.

Construction Phases Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Building the caves required a temporary ventilation system.

Construction Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Intersection under construction.

Central Coast California Wine Cave Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Same intersection finished.

Architectural Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Cave entrance from inside the winery building.

Quality Winery Photographer - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Forklift moving barrels into the caves.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Photographer - Construction Photography - Paso Robles Winery Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
Neatly stacked barrels sit to age in the naturally cooled caves.

What's next at Halter Ranch? The barn yard buildings and silos are in the process of being remodeled and retrofitted to make it the perfect location for an elegant barn wedding or special event. Stay tuned for more photos.

Find out more about Commercial Photography, Winery Architecture Photography and Drone Services on our website at: www.studio101west.com

Friday, March 17, 2017

Commercial Drone Photography and Video Now At Studio 101 West! - Halter Ranch Winery Aerial Drone Photos

Yes, I am now an FAA Certified Commercial Drone Pilot. Commercial use of drones is so highly regulated by the FAA that before August 2016 you had to have a full-on pilot's license to be able to fly drones for hire. Today, commercial unmanned aircraft pilots are required to pass a background check and a rigorous knowledge test at an FAA testing center. I am excited to add this new and amazing technology to my commercial photography toolbox.

Drone Photography - Architectural Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
These aerial angles were hardly possible a couple of years ago. Even with an expensive helicopter shoot these angles are so low that it would have been a major disturbance to the business. But with a drone I can choose angles that best show off the artistic roof lines and still show the front of the buildings without disturbing the business.

Halter Ranch Winery Drone Photography  - Studio 101 West Photography

A drone was the only way to get this perfect angle that shows how the out buildings tie into the main winery and tasting room.

Drone Photography - Architectural Drone Photography - Studio 101 West Photography
The Halter Ranch winery features gravity fed production with the grapes entering on the upper ramp in the back and the juice is gravity fed to the fermenting tanks and barrels.

Check out my other blog posts to see more photos of the wine caves and interior photos of the winery and tasting room.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Hiring a Drone Pilot - San Luis Obispo Drone Photographer


Commercial Drone Pilot Rules - Studio 101 West Drone Photography

sUAS Airman Ceritification - Commercial Drone Pilot License - Studio 101 West Photography
1. Certified Pilot. To fly a drone anywhere for money in the USA you need a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Airman Certificate from the FAA. If you hire a drone pilot ask to see their Airman Certificate. If they are not certified you could be opening up yourself to litigation and fines. 

2. Drone Insurance. Make sure your drone pilot has specific drone liability insurance to protect both them and your company. A good drone pilot should be able to provide you proof of insurance before they start your job.

3. Hobbyist Drone Pilots do not need a certificate from the FAA but if they are flying for money or any purpose that benefits them financially they could be fined and face litigation.

4. Drone Registration. All drones must be registered with the FAA. To keep people responsible the FAA calls for all drones to be registered through their website. There are separate registrations for hobbyist and for commercial unmanned aircraft.

5. Drone Safety. All pilots must follow these general safety rules. You can not fly over 400ft high, in controlled airspace, over people, at night or beyond your line of site. There are a few exceptions to the rules and some require a special waiver from the FAA. You also must check to make sure you are not flying in controlled airspace. Note that the entire city of San Luis Obispo is in Class D airspace and you can not fly legally without permission from the airport.

San Luis Obispo Aerial Maps - Studio 101 West Photography

The FAA may relax the commercial drone pilot rules with time but for now it's best to cover yourself and ask the right questions before you hire a drone pilot for your next project. Dennis Swanson at Studio 101 West is fully certified by the FAA as a commercial drone pilot. For more info check out our website.

Drone over Creston Creek - Studio 101 West Drone Photography

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Largest Builder In San Luis Obispo County Has a New Website! - San Luis Obispo Architecture Photography and Graphic Design

Commercial Builder Website- Website Developement - San Luis Obispo, CA - Studio 101 West Graphic Design

I've been shooting buildings for J.W. Design & Construction for close to 20 years and photographed literally hundreds of their buildings. They recently hired Deborah in our Studio 101 West Graphic Design department to create a brand new website for them. I may be a little bias but, I have to say the website turned out pretty awesome and it beautifully shows off the amazing structures that J.W. Design has built. They are arguably THE most prominent commercial builder in our area so they get to work with some of the most talented architects on the central coast. Firms like: RRM Design Group, MW Architects, Garcia Architecture + Design, Holts Architects, Steve Pults, Studio 2G and Studio Design Group. One of JW's newest projects is the upcoming Hotel San Luis, right in the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo! I am currently creating a long-term construction time-lapse of this premier hotel project.

San Luis Obispo Web Development - Large Scale Website Builder - Architecture Photographer - Studio 101 West

Website Portfolio - Architecture - Builders - Photography - Graphic Designer - Studio 101 West
Check out J.W. Design's new website: jwdci.com. Dennis and Deborah Swanson at Studio 101 West are responsible for the web design and every photograph in it. It's a great example of what Studio 101 West Photography and Design can do as a one-stop marketing solution.

Read more about the website's development on our design blog.