Look Back at early (2007) Google Street Views On Your Phone

Traveling back in time with Street View 🕰️

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I'm using this all the time for preservation and HABS pre production scouting.
From the Google blog... Starting today on Android and iOS ... travel back in time right from your phone. Here’s how it works:
When you’re viewing Street View imagery of a place, tap anywhere on the photo to see information about the location. Then tap "See more dates" to see the historical imagery we’ve published of that place, dating back to when Street View launched in 2007.


Introduction to (landscape) Photography video now available. (Free)

I just uploaded a new video of the Landscape Photo educational webinar from Nov, 10, 2021.

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HALS Photography of the Lovelace Garden by Stephen D. Schafer. This Historic American Landscapes Survey project was featured in the video.

You never know when you volunteer for an online presentation, but I'm really pleased with how this webinar came out and that CPF made it freely available. And also really honored to be included in this short educational photography session sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation (californiapreservation.org) and the California Garden and Landscape History Society (cglhs.org). Photographer Millicent Harvey and I share our methods for photography in general, and landscape photography in particular, and since our approaches, techniques and clientele are so varied, the two presentations and lively Q&A show the diversity of our styles, and the range of creative approaches to photographing the landscape. 

https://youtu.be/5YnP6kG08P0

Millicent and I have been working as professional photographers for over 30 years, and we both clearly love what we do, but from start to finish our process is different (except when it's the same). It was a fun, spontaneous, presentation and an unscripted Q&A that should be educational for everyone  who wants to learn about what career photographers do.

 

 

If you’d like more information about HABS/HAER/HALS photography take a look at our website.

HABSPHOTO.com

Stephen Schafer, Architectural Photography,

Ventura, California

Ph: 805-652-1000

E: [email protected]

 

 


MODERNISM WEEK: The Preserving Los Angeles book tour: A Kaleidoscopic Tour of L.A.’s Built Heritage

 

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Ken Bernstein and Stephen Schafer, author and photographer of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, Preserving Los Angeles, will be sharing an engaging visual tour of how historic preservation has helped transform Los Angeles, and can do the same for other cities. 

Extending beyond well-known Midcentury Modern dwellings by renowned architects, Preserving Los Angeles highlights hidden Modernist gems that will surprise even longtime Angelenos, while showcasing the city’s rich and varied built heritage, from bungalow courts and roadside landmarks to modest structures that reflect the social and cultural history of the city’s diverse communities.

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Los Angeles has become a testament to the power of adaptive reuse, repurposing historic structures to revitalize its Downtown, create new sources of affordable housing, and transform residential neighborhoods.

Preserving Los Angeles showcases every community in Los Angeles, reminding us that remarkable architecture and cultural history is all around us, often in unlikely places. The book is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. 

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Ken Bernstein directs the City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, which is responsible for Los Angeles’s historic preservation policies and programs, and was previously Director of Preservation Issues for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the nation’s largest local non-profit historic preservation organization.

Stephen Schafer is an HABS* photographer with a preservation distraction, who crisscrosses America documenting historic buildings, landscapes and engineering. 

A book signing will immediately follow this presentation.

At Modernism Week 2022, February 19, 2022, at 9:00AM.

*WHAT IS HABS PHOTOGRAPHY?
The Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Landscapes Survey are US federal government programs administered by the Heritage Documentation Program Department of the National Park Service (abbreviated HABS/HAER/HALS). Photographic documentation for these programs meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Architectural, Engineering and Landscape Documentation (SIS Doc Standards). In short, these programs document the historic built environment and cultural landscapes in America and work with the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division to archive the architectural plans, reports and photographs for the public in perpetuity. HABS, HAER and HALS are considered the gold standard of photographic documentation programs.

 

For more info to take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website if you’d like more information about HABS/HAER/HALS photography.

Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
 
 

An Introduction to Landscape Photography | California Preservation Foundation

In partnership with the CGLHS, we are pleased to offer a free introduction to landscape photography, presented by landscape photographer and CGLHS member Millicent Harvey and HABS/HAER/HALS photographer Stephen Schafer.

Using a camera to capture the beauty of a plant or place is just one aspect of photography. Capturing a historic landscape requires an intentional approach behind the camera, whether the goal is exhibition or documentation. Harvey and Schafer will share insights into their professional yet distinct practices and examples of their work at a free lunchtime talk on Wednesday, November 10th at noon. A Q&A with the photographers will follow the presentation. 

About our speakers

Join me in November...


Book Club For Preserving Los Angeles Book

Book Club Event August 17th, 2021...

Link To CPF Page

 

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“Preserving Los Angeles" BOOK CLUB hosted by CPF
Aug 17 @ Noon
Join author, Ken Bernstein and photographer Stephen Schafer as they discuss Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities. We'll be hosting a trivia quiz to challenge our audience with your knowledge of historic Los Angeles!

Los Angeles has a diverse collection of historic resources, reflecting both the legacy of notable architects and the variety of its inhabitants. The city has broken new ground in its approach to historic preservation, identifying and protecting the places of social and cultural meaning. Preserving Los Angeles illuminates a Los Angeles that may surprise even longtime Angelenos—highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city. Preserving Los Angeles is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. Bernstein’s informative text is richly illustrated with more than 300 full-color images by Schafer, a nationally acclaimed architectural photographer.

Join the CPF team as they explore this ground-breaking book, and hear some 'insider' insight into capturing and communicating the little-known corners of some of California's most unique and insightful historic places. We will end the program with a discussion and Q&A. You can purchase a copy of the book from Angel City Press and other established retailers. Check out our registration page for this event for more information about Ken and Stephen.

 

 


Architecture Photo Workshop with Stephen Schafer- October 2021

I'm teaching my in-person architecture workshop on October 17th, 2021 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP):

Architecture on Location with Stephen Schafer
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Mastering architecture photography is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting...

LACP Architecture Photography Class October 17, 2021 (In the evening so we can do a HERO twilight photo in Culver City.)

 

 

www.HABS.photo
Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
[email protected]

 

 

 


LA County Hospital HABS photography by Stephen Schafer.

Perfect light... here's a Los Angeles HABS project just transmitted to the Historic American Buildings Survey for the Library of Congress this week. HABS-CA-2952-B.

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HABS-CA-2952-B-2 a vertical view of the front facade of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Building

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Building is part of the LAC+USC Medical Center campus in Lincoln Heights. This spectacular building was the original LA County hospital – built in 1878 – it later became affiliated with the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1885.

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HABS-CA-2952-B-1 a horizontal view of the front facade of the 1878 Los Angeles County Hospital building

In 1878 the Los Angeles Hospital had 100 beds and 6 staff members, the main hospital administration building at 1104 North Mission Rd. is now used by the County Medical Examiner-Coroner. I was working on a documentation of the LAC+USC Women's and Children's Hospital next door when I saw the light on this building from the middle floor of the adjacent parking garage, I just couldn't resist.

 

Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
 
 
 
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Preserving Los Angeles Book

 

The book Preserving LA by Ken Bernstein (with photos by me) will be delivered to book stores in April 2021.  See below for the publisher's blurb and website to pre-order.

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Preserving LA Book by Ken Bernstein

Preserving Los Angeles – How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities – A book by author Ken Bernstein, photographed by Stephen Schafer.

Los Angeles has developed one of the most successful historic preservation programs in the nation, culminating with the completion of the nation’s most ambitious citywide survey of historic resources. Across the city, historic preservation is now transforming Los Angeles, while also pointing the way for other cities to use preservation to revitalize their neighborhoods and build community. Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities, written by Ken Bernstein, who oversees Los Angeles’s Office of Historic Resources, tells this under-appreciated L.A. story: how historic preservation has revived neighborhoods, created a Downtown renaissance, and guided the future of the city. With more than 300 full-color images, Preserving Los Angeles is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. 

Younger than many American cities, Los Angeles has a remarkable collection of architectural resources in all styles, reflecting the legacy of notable architects from the past 150 years. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles is breaking new ground in its approach to historic preservation, extending beyond the preservation of significant architecture, to identifying and protecting the places of social and cultural meaning to Los Angeles’s communities. Preserving Los Angelesilluminates a Los Angeles that will surprise even longtime Angelenos—highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city that have been “found” by SurveyLA, the first-ever city-wide survey of Los Angeles’s historic resources. The text is richly illustrated through images by a prominent architectural photographer, Stephen Schafer. The photography-heavy appendix devoted to SurveyLA, can serve as a field guide to hundreds of the city’s most notable locations.

  • 256 pages
  • 300+ images
  • 9"h x 9"w
  • hardcover; ISBN 978-1-62640-075-7; $50.00

This book will be published April 20, 2021. Order at Angel City Press:

https://www.angelcitypress.com/products/prla

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The photography trips mapped on Google Maps.

The book release was originally planned for late 2020 but some minor Covid-19 delays impacted my ability to travel freely into Los Angeles to take the more than 400 photographs of historic places and SurveyLA discoveries, but I have seen the proofs and the book looks pretty terrific, worth the wait and the extra trips to LA.

 

-Stephen Schafer

www.HABSPHOTO.com

 


Using Online Aerial Maps for Photo Scouting, Preservation and HABS/HAER/HALS

Yesterday I did a fast paced webinar ("Lunchinar") with Jon Haeber for the California Preservation Foundation that is now live on their YouTube channel here:

YouTube.com/watch?v=qhuBZRFMoYM

It was a fun lunch with Jon covering Google Maps & Streetview plus Bing Bird's Eye, DIY smart-phone 360Âş photos, CAL-TOPO, online Sanborns, historic USGS maps, GIS, Apple Maps, Google Earth and even a little drone 3D imaging. These are useful as scouting tools for photographers and for historic research for historians.

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California Preservation Foundation Webinar

I use these techniques and online programs to scout and scope my HABS HAER and HALS photography and I used it to plan the routes for photographing the book PRESERVING LOS ANGELES with author Ken Bernstein (available in Spring 2021, Angel City Press).

Check out this fun video for great tips on researching historic sites, preservation advocacy, and photography-related data gathering. I was talkin' fast to fit all the diverse subjects into 40 minutes, with lots of examples (get the links mentioned in the YouTube show notes) and remember, you can always rewind or slow me down to 75%-speed in the YouTube video playback settings.

There are a bunch of preservation and documentation related videos on the CPF YouTube channel available for free here: https://www.youtube.com/user/calpreservation/videos

Cheers,

Stephen Schafer

HABS HAER HALS photographer based in Southern California  www.HABS.photo


Nomination Photographs for the Watts Coffee House and Mafundi Center

On November 5th, 2020 – during the Covid 19 pandemic – I volunteered for a day of documentation photography in Watts to support the nomination of the Watts Happening Cultural Center and the Mafundi Mural located at East 103rd Street in Los Angeles. It was a sunny day working with Rita Cofield and the staff at the WHCC. We were filmed by Parker Collins, a reporter from Spectrum News 1, who did a nice story about Rita and the significance of the Mafundi Center in Watts history. Here's a link to the new story and some of the nomination photographs from the Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument application. (The Mafundi building also is featured in the Preserving Los Angeles book section on SurveyLA).

https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/human-interest/2020/11/11/watts-native-pushes-to-preserve-cultural-center

Here are some of the nomination photographs of the building. From Rita's report: "The Watts Happening Cultural Center was built by Black architect Arthur Silvers. Silvers was born and raised in South Los Angeles just outside of Watts with his family. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and returned to Los Angeles in 2007. He attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture and was a member of Scarab (Architecture Fraternity)."

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Watts Cultural Center East 103rd Street and Wilmington Avenue, Los Angeles.
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Mafundi Mural in Watts by Elliot Pinkney
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Watts Cultural Center multi purpose room/gym
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Watts Cultural Center and Mafundi Mural wide context view.
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Watts Cultural Center rear

 

I'm Looking forward to the Watts Cultural Center and Mafundi Mural becoming a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument in 2021, and I'm glad I was able to be a part of the HCM nomination.

 

Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000

 

 


December 2020 Architecture Photography Online Workshop

I'm teaching my architecture workshop on December 13th, 2020 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP):

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Mastering architecture photography is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting... LINK HERE: https://lacphoto.org/events/architecture-on-location-with-stephen-schafer-2020/

LACP Architecture Photography Class 2020

 
 
Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000

Creating Your Photo Business Workshop @ LACP

 

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https://lacphoto.org/events/creating-your-photo-business-with-stephen-schafer-march-2020/

Are you starting to charge for your work? What does it take to start a photography business or take your hobby to the next step? Are you reaching the people who need to see your work?

Stephen Schafer wrote the book about becoming a professional photographer. Join him for a day as he shares 30+ years of experience in this candid seminar that focuses on what the class wants to know. We’ll cover branding and marketing; websites and social; pricing and invoicing; copyright and releases; insurance and contracts, and any questions you may have about being a professional photographer and creating your own photo business.

If you’re beginning to make money with your camera or you’re considering photography as a career full-time, part-time or as a side hustle, avoid years of pitfalls and unnecessary expense as you take this important step in your photographic evolution. Open to all experience levels.


2020 - The Year We Blow Past 100 Documentations

After surpassing 100 historic documentation projects early this year, we thought we'd share a list of the HABS, HAER, and HALS documentations and National Register of Historic Places Nomination records we have done in the past 10+ years.

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Parker Center Police Headquarters, Los Angeles. Large Format, Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) photograph by Stephen Schafer

PAST PHOTO-DOCUMENTATION PROJECTS (partial list)

  • December 2019  St. Isadore Historic Plaza, NRHP, Los Alamitos.
  • December 2019  Mt. SAC College Founders House, HABS-like, Walnut.
  • October 2019  The Factory Discotheque, HABS, West Hollywood.
  • October 2019  Cornell University Library, HABS, Ithaca, New York.
  • August 2019  Lesser Brothers Block, HABS-like, San Francisco.
  • August 2019  Emile Norman Residence, NRHP, Big Sur.
  • July 2019 Kresge College, HABS, UC Santa Cruz.
  • July 2019  Brynmoor Apartments Neon Sign, HABS-like, Los Angeles.
  • June 2019  McKinley Park, HALS, Sacramento.
  • June 2019  LA Times Mirror Executive Building, HABS, Los Angeles.
  • June 2019  Ahwahnee Hotel Tennis Courts, HABS, Yosemite Valley.
  • May 2019  Grace Miller Residence, NRHP, Palm Springs.
  • May 2019  California Bicentennial House, HABS-Like, Diamond Bar.
  • April 2019  Epiphany Episcopal Church, NRHP, Los Angeles.
  • March 2019  Red Rest & Red Roost Cottages, HABS, La Jolla.
  • March 2019  Alameda Marina, HABS-like, Alameda.
  • January 2019  Francisco Park Reservoir, HAER, San Francisco.
  • November 2018  Soda Point Powerhouse Crane, HAER, Idaho.
  • November 2018  Oneida Factory Town, HABS, Idaho.
  • November 2018  Long Beach Armory, HABS, Long Beach.
  • September 2018  Asilomar J.C. Warneke Buildings, NRHP, Monterey.
  • September 2018  Canner’s Steam Plant, HABS-like, Long Beach.
  • September 2018  LB>Laguna Bell Transmission Line, HAER, Long Beach.
  • July 2018   Warren Hall, HABS-Like, UCLA. 
  • July 2018   South Reseda Jr. High School, HAER, Los Angeles. 
  • June 2018  Hilton Hawaiian Village Ocean Tower, HABS, Hawaii. 
  • June 2018  North Finegayan Water Tower, HAER, Guam. 
  • April 2018  Sunset Canyon Rec Center, HABS/HALS-Like, UCLA. 
  • April 2018  Santa Ana Elks Lodge, HABS, Santa Ana.
  • March 2018  Parker Center Police HQ, HABS/HALS, Los Angeles.
  • March 2018  2599 Todd Street HABS-Like, Alameda Naval Air Station.
  • December 2017  Grover Cleveland High School, NRHP, Los Angeles.  
  • December 2017  Isaac Milbank Residence, NRHP, Santa Monica. 
  • October 2017  McKeebe Mining Ditch, HAER, Folsom.
  • October 2017  White Rock Road, HAER, Clarksville.
  • October 2017  Auxiliary Water Pump Station, HAER, San Francisco.
  • October 2017  Pier 70, HABS-Like, San Francisco.
  • October 2017  Mt. Vernon Ave. Bridge, HAER, San Bernardino. 
  • August 2017  Holy Cross Pump House, HABS-Like, Colma. 
  • August 2017  Mission Bay High School, HABS-Like, San Diego. 
  • July 2017   Varner Road, HAER-Like, Desert Hot Springs.
  • July 2017  Venice High School Shops, HABS-Like, Venice. 
  • June 2017  Coca Cola Bottling, HABS-Like, San Francisco.
  • June 2017  Mt. SAC College Library, HABS-Like, Walnut.
  • May 2017   Beckman Industries, HABS-Like, Fullerton.
  • May 2017   El Camino College, HABS-Like, Torrance.
  • April 2017   SDG&E Gas Compressor, HAER-Like, Rainbow.
  • April 2017   Villa Park School, HABS-like, Villa Park.
  • April 2017   Capistrano Substation, HAER-Like, San Juan Capistrano.
  • March 2017   Park Church, HABS-Like, Long Beach.
  • March 2017   El Sereno Rec Center, HABS, Los Angeles.
  • March 2017   Roberts Residence by Richard Neutra, HABS, Covina.
  • February 2017   I Magnin Wilshire Store, HABS-like, Los Angeles. 
  • January 2017  First over Glendale Bridge, HAER, Los Angeles.
  • October 2016   Madera Canal, HAER, Madera.
  • August 2016  California Canneries,  HABS-Like, San Francisco.
  • August 2016  Avalon Motel, HABS-Like, San Mateo.
  • August 2016  R/V Polaris Ship, HAER, Redwood City Harbor.
  • June 2016  UCSF Surge Building, HABS-Like, San Francisco.
  • June 2016  Bethlehem Steel, HABS-Like, San Francisco. 
  • May 2016  Santa Monica Post Office, HABS.
  • May 2016  Lovelace Residence & Garden, HALS, Montecito.
  • May 2016  ACE Gallery, HABS, Beverly Hills.
  • February 2016   Lockheed Martin Satellites, HAER, Sunnyvale.
  • October 2015   Audubon School, HABS, San Diego.
  • October 2015   Vado Bridge, HAER-Like, Riverside County.
  • October 2015   Mt. San Antonio College Stadium, HABS-Like, Walnut.
  • September 2015  Mason St. Warehouses, HABS, San Francisco. 
  • June 2015   Los Gatos Creek Trestle, HAER-like, San Jose.
  • June 2015   Courson Pool, HABS-like, Palmdale.
  • June 2015   241 Tenth Street, HABS-like, San Francisco.
  • December 2014   Pan Am Oil Pump, HAER-Like, Port of LA.
  • October 2014   Long Beach Poly High School Auditorium, HABS.
  • August 2014   Christopher Ranch, HABS-Like, San Jose.
  • April 2014   1550 5th Street, HABS-Like, Santa Monica.
  • March 2014  Johnson Ranch Barns, HABS-Like, Claremont.
  • November 2013  Sea Shadow IX-529, HAER, Treasure Island.
  • September 2013  Coachella Canal, HAER, La Quinta.
  • November 2012   Dow Pump Engine Co., HABS-Like, Alameda.
  • October 2012   United Shipyard Crane, HAER-Like, Alameda.
  • June 2012   Blue Wing Adobe, HABS, Sonoma.
  • June 2012  Sonoma Historic State Park, HABS, Sonoma,
  • January 2012   Santa Monica City Hall Landscape, HALS-Like.
  • January 2012   Marr Residence, HABS, Riverside.
  • April 2012  Bixby Bridge, HAER, Big Sur.
  • December 2011   Pacific Telephone Building, HABS, San Francisco.
  • December 2011   South Berkeley Library, HABS-like, Berkeley.
  • December 2011   San Ysidro Custom House, HABS, San Diego. 
  • October 2011   Bishop Creek Powerhouses, HAER, Bishop.
  • August 2011   The Ahwahnee Hotel, HABS, Yosemite.
  • July 2011   Cienega School, HABS-like, Culver City.
  • June 2011  Harvey Mudd College, HABS-like, Claremont.
  • June 2011  Fabulous Forum, NRHP Tax Credit, Inglewood.
  • May 2011   Ortega Street Bridge, HAER, Santa Barbara.
  • April 2011   Hollywood High School, NRHP, Hollywood.
  • January 2011   San Francisco County Jail #3, HABS.
  • December 2010   Frank Lloyd Wright Ennis House, HABS, Los Feliz.
  • December 2010   77 Natoma, HABS-Like, San Francisco.
  • November 2010   Neutra Haefley House, NRHP, Long Beach.
  • October 2010   7’x10’ Wind Tunnel, HAER, Mountain View.
  • September 2010  Heim Bridge, HAER, Port of Long Beach.
  • August 2010   Amador City Bridge, HAER, Amador City.
  • July 2010   Mulholland Drive Overcrossing, HAER, LA.
  • July 2010   Ontario 1 Powerhouse, HAER, Claremont.
  • June 2010   Catalina Pottery Works, HABS-Like, Catalina.
  • June 2010   Pius X Church, HABS-Like, Chula Vista.
  • April 2010   Royston Reservoir Roof, HALS-Like, Piedmont.
  • March 2010  8600 Sunset Blvd., HABS-Like, West Hollywood.
  • January 2010  TOP HAT Cafe, HABS, Ventura.
  • June 2010 Anaconda Wire Factory, HABS-Like, Orange.
  • May 2010   Libbey Bowl, HABS-Like, Ojai.
  • December 2009 SCE Transmission Line, HAER, Primm, Nevada.
  • September 2009 Bottle Village, HALS, Simi Valley.
  • August 2009   Dewitt Army Hospital, HABS-like, Auburn.
  • August 2009   Port of Long Beach Admin Building, HABS-like.
  • April 2009   Santa Paula Sewer Treatment Plant, HAER-Like.
  • March 2009   Kaufmann House, HABS, Palm Springs.
  • November 2008 Killingsworth Office, NRHP, Long Beach.
  • February 2008   South Park Shops, HABS-like, South Los Angeles.
  • March 2008   Garment Capitol Building, NRHP, Los Angeles.
  • August 2007   Press Telegram, HABS-Like, Long Beach.
  • June 2006   Glassell Park School, NRHP, Glassell Park.
  • August 2004   Mayfair Theater, HABS-like, Ventura.
  • May 2003   Thille Ranch, HABS-like, Ventura.
  • (partial list) 
 
For more information take a look at the
section of our website if you’d like more information about HABS/HAER/HALS
 
Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000

Workshop December 8, 2019 - Architecture on Location with Stephen Schafer

I'm teaching another architecture workshop in December 8th, 2019 at LACP:

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https://lacphoto.org/events/architecture-on-location-with-stephen-schafer-2019/

Mastering architecture photography and location is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting.

The class begins with a step-by-step dissection of Stephen Schafer’s assignment work, an examination of famous architectural photographers, and Q&A. Walking around Hollywood, we will visit diverse places, discuss how to problem-solve, and plan for the best photographs. The day ends with a real-time twilight “HERO” shoot with Lightroom post-production. The class includes discussion of equipment choices and techniques from wide and tilt-shift lenses to keystone correction via software, as well as aesthetic decisions such as styling, lighting, filters, HDR, and post-processing software. On the business side, topics include: deliverables, licensing, access, releases, pricing and marketing.

Open to digital and analog photographers. Please comfortable walking shoes, a tripod and a wide lens.

Dates: Sunday, December 8, 11 am – 7 pm
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode. A tripod and a wide lens are required.
Tuition: $295

CEQA Documentation Mitigations for Historic (Cultural) Resources

This is a post about the boring but necessary topic of CEQA mitigation. I thought I would compile some of the mitigation language I see into a "BEST PRACTICES" example. The example below is a CEQA compliant Level 2 HABS mitigation for a significant historic district, campus, farmstead or any multi-unit grouping of resources. This example follows the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Architectural, Engineering and Landscape Documentation. If you are in need of a mitigation for an EIR or MND, follow this format (with adjustment of the number of views and local libraries as appropriate). 
 
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HALS photograph of Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village, Simi Valley, California. HALS-CA-42-16
 
Mitigation Measure MM-CUL-__: 
The existing buildings, district and the existing condition shall be documented for the historic record. Prior to project commencement, demolition, alteration, grading, or changes to surrounding context, applicant will arrange for the preparation of historical resource documentation of the district to Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Level 2 standards according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Engineering Documentation. This HABS documentation will include large-format black-and-white photographs, descriptive and historical narrative (plus relevant contexts), and limited measured drawings. 
 
The HABS report shall: 
1. Be prepared by historic preservation professionals meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards following the HABS “Guidelines for Historical Reports" https://www.nps.gov/hdp/standards/HABS/HABSHistoryGuidelines.pdf
2. Include photographs taken with large format (4 X 5" or 5 x 7") film by a photographer with demonstrated experience in creating HABS documentation following the â€śHABS/HAER/HALS Photography Guidelines” https://www.nps.gov/hdp/standards/PhotoGuidelines.pdf. The photographs shall include a minimum of 36-40 or 50-60 (INSERT APPROPRIATE NUMBER) views including exterior views of the district, limited exterior elevations for each building, key interior features, key spatial relationships among buildings, character defining features of the district and circulation within the district, exterior hardscape features and views of the context that will be altered by the project.
3. Include drawings: an overall plan of the district with all historic elements labeled will be drawn from a measured survey of the district, and 3-5 limited drawings of the most significant structures shall be documented with measured drawings to HABS drawing standards and plotted on vellum to HABS archival standards following the â€śRecording Historic Structures and Sites with HABS Measured Drawings”  https://www.nps.gov/hdp/standards/HABS/HABSDrawings.pdf
4. Include written historical descriptive data, index to photographs, and photo keymap and include copies of historic photographs, if available.
5. Be put into the public domain and distributed to the following repositories for use by the public, future researchers and educators.
a. Donation to the National Park Service HABS Collection at the Library of Congress - One copy of report, drawings, contact prints and one set of negatives following "Preparing HABS/HAER/HALS Documentation For Transmittal” https://www.nps.gov/hdp/standards/Transmittal.pdf.
b. Donation to Museum of Local County - One bound archival copy including all of the report and 8x10 archival photographic prints and 11x17 plans and a DVD of the digital files.
c. Donation to Local Main Library - One bound archival copy including all of the report and 8x10 archival photographic prints and 11x17 plans and a DVD of the digital files.
 
For a single resource insert this number 2 and 3 text:
2... The photographs shall include a minimum of 10-12 or 22-25 (INSERT APPROPRIATE NUMBER) views including context views of the property, exterior views of the building, facade views, character defining features and details, and interior features and volumes.
3. ... an overall floorplan of the building with will be drawn from a measurements by a qualified architect or documentation team. Drawings of the most significant features/facades shall be documented with measured drawings to HABS drawing standards and plotted on vellum to HABS archival standards following the â€śRecording Historic Structures and Sites with HABS Measured Drawings”  https://www.nps.gov/hdp/standards/HABS/HABSDrawings.pdf
 
For a landscapes or engineering resources:
For resources like bridges or foundries that are significant for engineering and technology, replace the HABS text with references to the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and for resources like parks, cemeteries or cultural landscapes replace the HABS references and include links to the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).
 
 
NOTE 1: For Federal Undertaking mitigations (any project with more than $1 in federal funding or needing a federal permit that has a adverse impact on a historic resource) Section 106/NEPA compliant mitigations require a second archival copy for the State Office of Historic Preservation to be added to the above transmittals. Review of the documentation by the Western Regions Office of the National Park Service is also required for Federal undertakings so the documentation is not a donation but required by an MOA, PA, etc., and must follow those additional stipulations.
 
Note 2: If there is an additional interpretation mitigation: Data and photos from the HABS documentation shall be incorporated into the interpretive/commemorative strategies for the site under a separate mitigation measure, as appropriate.
 
 
For more Answers take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website if you’d like more information about HABS/HAER/HALS
 
Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
 
 
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