There is a 2nd house down the road that looks vacant. When I opened the screen door to look inside, there was a sign with some peeling wallpaper covering part of it. I wanted to see what it said, so I lifted the wallpaper up.
“Come on in, everything else has gone wrong”
And that summed up the vibe of this place. I walked right back out. What I did see in that room was chaos. There were old car batteries strewn about, and piles of garbage. I’d love to explore this place some more, but the musty smell and the unwelcoming vibe make me hesitant.
I find these abandoned properties in Maine to be super interesting. They’re like museums for the people that used to live there. You can try to piece together a picture of who they were, or are, by finding interesting things in each room.
If I find enough of these properties to shoot, I can definitely see myself putting together a story for Stellar. Btw, are any of you using Stellar? I haven’t really been on there since they featured a few of my stories around the new year.
Shot this with my iPhone. Edited in Snapseed, Mextures, and Stackables.
Last night, around sunset, we had stormy skies that had a few breaks in it. I was feeling optimistic, so I went for a walk down between the ponds. For a moment, it looked like the sky was opening up right where I needed it to. Unfortunately, it closed back up after 5 minutes, and about 15 before sunset.
Instead of walking back with nothing to share, I stopped at the house on the corner to take my first shot at it. It’s abandoned and falling apart, obviously. There is so much cool detail and texture on the outside. I plan on exploring it more thoroughly one day. For this shot I just wanted a wide shot of the property. Next time I’ll be up close with my super wide angle iPro lens. I may even see if I can have a look around the inside.
Shot with ProHDRX. Edited with Snapseed, Mextures, and iColorama.
It feels like I’ve been out on the road for a while again. After SF, I went down the coast to SLO county for a couple days. I got back to the bay area just in time to try and buy an iPhone 5s.
I could have ordered one online at midnight, but I decided I didn’t want to wait. I took my chances and found a short line at a Best Buy down the road. Unfortunately, they didn’t receive their total shipment. All they had available on my carrier was a 64GB space grey, and thats not what I wanted at the time. I was hoping for a 32GB, but if I’m going to get an iPhone before I head to the east coast on the 1st, it might have to be a 64GB.
This photo was taken from Alamo Square. Everyone was sat facing the Painted Ladies. A lot of people were stopping for photos too. I was tempted to take pics of the people shooting the homes, but I couldn’t get the shot I wanted.
Snaspseed and PhotoArtista Oil for the edit.
There are a lot of different directions you can go with photography. I’ve dabbled in different genres over the years myself, including concert photography, portraiture, commercial photography, events, weddings, and fine art photography. Now I’m getting my feet wet with real estate photography.
I was recently hired by Rosano and Soriano to shoot some properties and their happy clients. These gentlemen are hard working professionals, with a combined 35 years of full-time real estate experience and have collectively sold over 500 homes in the Silicon Valley. They do things a little differently by working a small number of clients at one time, ensuring a high quality experience and high customer satisfaction.
With these particular clients, not only did they secure the highest sold price in recent months in that neighborhood, but they also were in contract in under a week and had a multiple offer scenario. All of that for a property that was sold 100% as-is.
Clearly the market is hot in the Bay Area again!
Yes, I’m still here…and alive. The pain has gotten worse since I went on this hike a few days ago. I thought I was feeling fine, so I pushed myself to be active. Now, I’m paying for it.
These ridiculous homes are set back a little ways from a cliff overlooking the ocean. Life must be rough for whoever lives on this gated road.
Shot with ProHDR. Snapseed and SimplyHDR for the edit.
A little storm passed through yesterday that showed us just how clogged up our gutters were. Once it cleared up, I got up on the ladder and got all the nasty leaves and dirt out. You’d be surprised how much dirt gets up there when you’re living within a mile of sand dunes.
Camera+ and Snapseed.