“Colorado National Guard Armory Shoot”

I had a great project come my way recently that involved shooting the new Colorado National Guard Readiness Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. I was contacted by the architectural firm CooverClark out of Denver to shoot the project for them as well as the contractor FCI and for The Colorado National Guard.

Timing was critical on the shoot for the fact that all the parties involved wanted the building photographed before the staff actually moved into the space and gave it that…..lived in look you could say. Again flexibly was key to scheduling.

The architectural firm emailed me site plans of the project with notes describing angles and composition that they wished to capture. These were then reviewed over the phone with Brian Duggan from  CooverClark in detail and a game plan was drawn up for the shoot.

When discussing the exteriors with Brian and asking if they should be shot in the day verse dusk I found out that the exterior lights on the building could not be overridden. I always like to have the option of turning on any exterior or landscape lighting a good hour before actual dusk for insurance. You never really know what a structure will look like until that magic hour……by have the lights on sooner than later it takes out the last minute factor of running around and getting lights on and bulbs changed.

To cover my bases I shot all of the exteriors twice. Once in  daylight and then again at dusk. After reviewing the images in post it was plain to see that the dusk images were stronger than the daylight and more dramatic.

One thing to note. My assistant got one heck of a workout on this shoot. As you can see in the above images all of the interior lights are on in the building. What you don’t see is my assistant running back and forth through the interior spaces keeping all the lights on. The whole buildings lighting system is run off of motion sensors to conserve energy…..so once a room is idol of movement out go the lights…..this is when a young fit assistant comes in handy. Who said photography is not a physical career?

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About James Ray Spahn Photographer
James Ray Spahn is an award winning architectural, interior, lifestyle and resort photographer. He shoots for architects, interior designers, developers, manufacturers, shelter magazines and resorts. www.jamesrayspahn.com

One Response to “Colorado National Guard Armory Shoot”

  1. This is such an amazing piece of architecture. I never knew this place existed… I would definitely love to visit. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos

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