Category Archives: Architecture

Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties

Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties

This summer, during our trip to the Adirondacks, we had the pleasure of touring Lake Placid by boat.  We spent about a couple of hours on a tour boat that went around Lake Placid. There were so many beautiful waterfront properties   In the Adirondacks, even if the properties are huge and elaborate, they are still referred to as “camps”. In the late 19th century, the affluent families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers started coming to the Adirondacks and built their huge summer retreats known as the Great Camps.

The Great Camps were built using native materials such as logs, barks, roots, and stones.  Because these materials were handcrafted, they show very unique irregularities.  These camps also blend right in to their surroundings.  Unlike the cookie cutter houses that we have in the master planned subdivisions where the houses are very similar if not the same, the Adirondacks architecture is very unique and built with great craftsmanship.  It’s definitely a work of art.

During our tour, the young guide mentioned the history of some of the camps, who visited there, who owns them (and used to own them) and what they do for a living, and other facts about Lake Placid.  He also mentioned the rich and famous people who have visited the area.  It was actually quite interesting.

As we toured around the lake, I was able to photograph some of them.  There were some challenges due to the fact that we were on a moving boat. Also, I was just sitting as I didn’t want to block the other passengers who were at the tour as well.  As you can see from the photos below, the Adirondacks architecture has a rustic style.

Lake Placid Lodge

One of my favorite properties on this boat tour was the Lake Placid Lodge.  This lodge which was built as a rustic camp in 1882 by a German family, is a great example of the rugged yet elegant Adirondack style architecture.  Although not in its original form because it was rebuilt due to a fire in 2005, the architects and the artisans made sure it epitomizes the spirit of the Adirondacks Great Camps.  If interested, here’s an article that gives more detail of the rebuilding efforts of the lodge.

The rustic elegance of Lake Placid Lodge

The rustic elegance of Lake Placid Lodge

Adirondack Waterfront camps on Lake Placid

I don’t quite remember some tidbits that the guide shared on these other properties. I just photographed them for their beauty and unique qualities. I’d be content even I live on top of one of these boat houses.

This one is an oddball. Although it’s nice, it just doesn’t fit in with the Adirondacks style.

A unique house with a railroad track leading to the dock.

This is why people pay premium to stay and play here. Look at the waters and the surrounding mountains.

Hopefully, these photos gave you an idea of the Lake Placid waterfront properties that you will find in this area, or what you’re missing if you haven’t visited there.  Lake Placid is just one of the lakes out of the 3,000 lakes that the Adirondacks boast.   If you want quiet adventures you can check out one of the non-motorized lakes instead.  Either way, they’re all beautiful and relaxing.

Let me leave you with this quote by John Muir.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but as fountain of life.”

John Muir, “The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1898.

 

Architectural Photography

For the past few months, my focus on photography has shifted to Architectural Photography.  I realized that although I would much rather be outside looking at a breathtaking landscape and enjoying the sounds and feel of nature, that is just not the reality of my current situation. That’s mainly because where I live, residential housing and commercial buildings have been coming up like mushrooms.  Pflugerville is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, 11th on the scale according to census.  More and more people and businesses are coming here.

It’s hard to ignore the reality that the place where I used to enjoy taking photos of sunrises and sunsets are now surrounded by all these houses and buildings.  With so much going on around me, I decided it’s time to add Architectural photography to my skills.  I have shot some architectural photos before in my travels but as I learn more about this type of photography, the way I see things have changed.  It is a different way of shooting compared to landscapes especially when you are doing interiors.  The lines must be straight, the colors have to be true, and the angle of shot plays a significant role in the way the room is perceived.  There’s a lot to learn because it’s a different kind of specialty.

I am so excited and hopeful with the many possibilities architectural photography skills can lead me to.  If you are an architect, a realtor, an interior designer, decorator, home stager or a vacation rental owner, I would love to meet you and discuss how we can work together.

Here are some of the work I have done recently.

Real Estate Photography

Contemporary Dining Room and Staircase

 

Kitchen

Modern house kitchen

 

aeronautics, bedroom, theme

Themed Bedroom

You can see these photos and more here.

Let me know how I can help you with your photography needs.

Lodge at Stillman Ranch – Utah

When we were in Park City, Utah, one of the highlights of our trip was our two hour horseback riding at Stillman Ranch.  While waiting for the other couple who are going to ride with us, I took this shot of the lodge.   I was advised against taking my DSLR with me to the trail ride as there was nowhere to safely hold it while riding so I didn’t really get any photos except the ones taken from my phone.

 

Lodge at Stillman Ranch

Mayfield Park – Texas

Mayfield Park is a treasure in Austin, TX. This beautiful park is home to colorful peafowls roaming freely in the two acre peaceful garden. Events such as weddings and small gatherings are held in the cottage facility. This park is surrounded by 21 acres of natural area where people can take hikes.

There are plenty of subjects to photograph in this park. The park has specific policies and a fee applies to professional photographers who use this park as a venue for photo shoots.