I did some photography recently for a friend in my office building. He's an architect and builder who does some high-end renovations and properties here. I took this as a good challenge for me to do some interior photography, and perhaps hone my compositional skills in restricted circumstances. Some of the shots were straightforward documentary - shoot a bathroom at an angle that would include the new shower and bathtub, while including the decorative tiles. A bit of contortion, a trifle of digital stitching of several images, and voila... But I also wanted to capture some of the feeling of a more traditional Santa Fe constructed home with vigas describing the ceiling, tiles the floors, and managing the exposure from skylights. And when I saw the kitchen in one of the houses, I knew I'd found my challenge. Perhaps more than I'd asked for, in fact. I walked around the kitchen from several angles, trying to gauge the light from above, from french doors on one side, and spilling in from a sun dappled dining room adjacent to the kitchen. With some polished ivory-white coloured plaster on the walls, flash wouldn't work well. But above, the deep reddened vigas and ceiling would drop out from clear view without sufficient light. After a few moments of consideration - the house's owners were standing patiently in the area as I walked around - I decided to shoot the 12-24mm AFS/DX wide open at f/4. I'd need a higher ISO for this as well, and upped it to ISO400. The tough question was if I needed to work with any EV compensation with all the light pouring down from the skylight or with the hot spots of reflection off of one wall. Reflecting quickly (pun intended), I decided to let the hottest spots be hot. The skylight would blow completely, and I'd have a very light reflection on one wall area. So be it. D100, 12-24mm AFS/DX (12mm), ISO400, f/4, 1/160s, processed in NC, cropped slightly, processed in NI My placement was extremely deliberate with respect to the vigas, the dividing beam between the kitchen and the adjoining space, and the tile lines (both directions), but I'm still a bit conflicted on whether to further crop the doorways/entries. I do think that at least part of the arches should be kept. What are your thoughts on the overall composition ? The exposure ? Any of the decisions made before shooting ? Criticism requested. John P.