Our friend Cristina Hadzi is an interior designer. Each year she sends out an example of her work as a christmas card to her clients and this year we collaborated with her on this project.
The chair and table were in the living room of one of her clients who was gracious enough to let us photograph there. The room was high up overlooking the Hudson River in Manhattan with light coming in from three sides. The direct light from the west facing windows was pure skylight, but then bounced around the walls and carpet and provided a perfect warm fill light to subtly contrast the cool direct light.
The camera was mounted on an extended Gitzo 3530 (we replaced the single end leg section with the two leg sections from a Gitzo 2530 for the extra height). This allowed us the angle needed, but the camera was now almost at the ceiling, making it hard for the client to chimp the shot. We had brought the laptop with us and hooked it to the camera via the camera’s capture utility and Adobe Lightroom. We had practiced with this before, so it was configured and ready to go.
Cristina was able to see the results of each shot and influence the camera angle, framing and dressing of the shot, moving the table and filling it with flowers. When we were done, we all knew that we had captured the shot that she was looking for. Cristina was quite pleased with the results and this photo was used for her card