07/12/2017
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On the edge of Smith Creek Park you will find Hidden Pointe On The Lake, a gated community in North Wilmington.

front gate Hidden Pointe On The Lake Wilmington NC Rachel Carter Real Estate Photography

Hidden Pointe On The Lake – Front Gate

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Smith Creek Park – Wilmington, NC

 

front gate Hidden Pointe On The Lake Wilmington NC Rachel Carter Real Estate Photography

Hidden Pointe On The Lake – Front Gate

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07/08/2017
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No Furniture? No Problem With Virtual Home Staging!

By: Kelly Presbrey

Virtual Staging Rachel Carter Images Topsail Island Real Estate Photographer

When preparing to sell your house, home staging is a must! If furniture is out of the question, consider virtual home staging.

Your photos are the first thing home shoppers will see. Furniture and decor will be digitally and realistically placed into photos of vacant or furnished properties. Give buyers a reason to love your photos and you’ll be on your way to selling or renting faster and for top dollar.

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07/03/2017
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Written by: Elizabeth Giles

If you were to open a storybook that detailed the American dream, it would include a photograph of 113 Pagoda Court (located within the Dogwood Lakes neighborhood in Hampstead, North Carolina).

Dogwood Lakes Entrance Hampstead Rachel Carter Images Topsail Island Real Estate Photographer

Dogwood Lakes Hampstead Rachel Carter Images Topsail Island Real Estate Photographer

One of the Lakes at the heart of Dogwood Lakes

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06/24/2017
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Pecan Grove: 102 South Sea Lily Ct

Written by: Elizabeth Giles

A picturesque home in the waterfront community of Pecan Grove, this beauty was made for elegant entertaining.

102 S Sea Lily Ct Pecan Grove Hampstead, NC

With exquisite finishes including Swiss Alps Granite from Brazil, the tremendous chef’s kitchen beckons you to host a small family gathering or a huge celebration with all your friends.

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06/09/2017
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DESIGNING, INTERPRETING AND HIGHLIGHTING MODERN ARCHITECTURE + HOUSES

Scandinavian House  |  NC Modernist Houses  |  B+O Design

Written By: Scott Ogden

“Architects live and die by the images taken of their work; as these images alone are what people see.  For every one person who visits a private house, there may be ten thousand who only view it as a photo.”

-Julius Shulman, father of modern architectural photography in LA throughout the 40’s to the 80’s.

This sentiment couldn’t be more true with Pinterest, Houzz, and design blogs and plan websites as the prime way many people ‘shop’ for home ideas, be they full residential designs, spatial ideas, new materials/colors, or objects such as furniture, appliances or lighting.

Many of Shulman’s images are the reason that architects like Charles & Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, Pierre Koenig and others became household names after WWII.  There’s a great documentary about him; (Visual Acoustics; The Modernism of Julius Shulman– which is available on AmazonPrime and sometimes shows on PBS and Sundance Channel)   http://www.juliusshulmanfilm.com/
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B+O Design Studio

In eleven or so years here in Wilmington, our office, B + O design studio, has developed a specialty of designing custom, contemporary, ‘green’ houses and buildings.   As an architect and landscape architecture firm on the coast, we get to work on some wonderful, unique sites and neighborhoods in North Carolina.  These are one-off, special residential buildings that need some planning and thoughtfulness in terms of capturing those photos that take it from the owner’s day-to-day, intimate use and understanding to sharing as spaces that communicate & encourage others to think ‘outside the box’- even if it is in actuality still a rectangular volume.

It’s also fun to document the process.  Working with an architect is much different from that of a design/build/development or buying stock home plans; the process creates the product and each result is as different as the specific site and the arrangement of rooms & spaces of the program.  This image is a GIF of an early rough perspective rendering of the house, bled into the house as finished.

scandinavian house rendering

1. CONTEXT FOR CONTRAST.

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West Exterior- facing channel

Shulman had the luxury of LA’s mountains & Palm Springs deserts for the contrast of houses with clean lines to jagged mountains, exotic landscapes & sandy vistas.  We’re in a flat relatively urbanized coastal plain with less distinctive natural topography, but when the subject, a simple grey & white box (that’s been nicknamed the ‘Scandinavian House’) is juxtaposed to the surroundings, the uniqueness of the architecture can stand out.  Given that Wrightsville Beach is known for simple salt-box & mid-Atlantic vernacular forms, having the two adjacent houses in this shot shows contrast and difference at all levels.  Windows (black vs. white), (big vs. single), trim (none vs picture framing), siding (lines/texture vs. flatness), accent color (grey vs white), Roof (flat vs. pitched), etcetera.

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04/26/2017
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Presets for Beach Photography – Review of Sleeklens Presets for Lightroom with long exposure & sunset images of Topsail Island, NC. 

 

Lightroom presets are ever gaining in popularity due to the simple, consistent variety it allows a photographer to apply to each photo.  With the rise of this popular Adobe program, other experts have stepped into the mix, adding a plethora of new and exciting presets.  One such expert, is Sleeklens. https://sleeklens.com/

 

Sleeklens provided me with a the package they call Through the Woods Workflow.  https://sleeklens.com/product/landscape-lightroom-presets/   I was thrilled to jump in and see how well it enhanced the photo (common for all presets) while actually maintaining a natural look (uncommon for landscape, nature, and environmental photography).  

sunset south topsail beach edited sleeklens lightroom presets

Image 2548: (South Topsail Beach)
Edited with SleekLens Through The Woods Presets (Version 2)

 

I was looking for some specific traits:

 

  1. Is it intuitive?
  2. Do the landscape presents stay true to nature?  
  3. Do the presets require excessive tweaking?
  4. Do they add a wow factor?

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