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The Ambulant Photographer – Venice Beach, CA – June 2017

I love shooting in Santa Barbara. I truly do. And yet, there's not a whole lot going on here outside of retail shopping and watersports. I've reached the point where my close friends are starting to make fun of me over my every growing -- and very respectable -- library of California Brown Pelican images. They're great, but it does get old shooting in your backyard everyday. Once you've covered all of the landmarks and monuments you really do start to pine for something outside of the norm.

June 11, 2017/No comment

A Stunning Contrast in Venice Beach, CA

As a steadfast and general rule, I do not shoot the homeless. While some people can pull this off very well, much of what I've seen is largely exploitative or just a cheap-and-easy shot. The only times I have gone *there* is when I see an opportunity to serve a larger narrative. This time was different.

June 1, 2017/No comment

Prague Part I – Charles Bridge & River Vltava

This is the 9th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Prague. Oh man.. What can I possibly say about Prague. This was my second time in this incredible city. This first post will focus on the Charles Bridge and the River Vltava.

February 20, 2017/No comment

Our One Day in Kraków

This is the 8th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. I particularly fell in love with Kraków when I first visited the city in 2001, freshly engaged to Pausha and abroad for the first time in my life. Where the subject of Poland was concerned I was fascinated, and still am.

February 9, 2017/No comment

11 Photography Lessons 2016 Taught Me

All in all 2016 was one hell of a year. As I do at the top of each year, I’m currently ruminating on what I’ve learned, where I’ve grown, and where my growth has maybe been stopped or slowed. I’m not a big fan of listicles, but I’ve got one here for you anyway. What started out as a list of 3 or 4 items that I have learned over the year quickly Tribbled into a list of 11 items. Let’s dig in.

January 2, 2017/No comment

Auschwitz – Poland

This is the sixth post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Oświęcim, Poland – A Trip into Auschwitz.

December 7, 2016/2 Comments

Always Work Your Shot

“Working the Shot” is a pretty straightforward concept. It says that you you shouldn’t just run up to anything that catches your eye, photograph it and call it done. Instead, you should consider staying with whatever it was that caught your eye in the first place, and really explore that situation. Take multiple shots, move about the scene, explore a variety of angles and perspectives, allow something to unfold, and in short, fully document whatever it was that you observed and deemed worthy of committing to film, or memory card, or what have you.

June 30, 2016/2 Comments

3 Different Stories in Under 5 Seconds

I've been thinking a lot about storytelling lately and how much influence my preconceived notions can have on me finding what I seek when I'm out working the street, or more importantly, what effect my expectations have on me failing to find what I seek.

March 31, 2016/No comment

When to Composite a Portrait

There are those who will argue that any image that wasn't completed entirely in camera isn't "real." I say phooey to that. I shoot RAW and because of this (and other very good reasons) I apply a fair bit of post-processing to each image I share....

September 27, 2015/No comment

Shooting Large Format Panoramas

Here's a shot of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, shot from the observation tower. This image is stitched together from 28 frames, and the detail really blew my mind when I got it all together.

September 21, 2015/No comment

Fuji X-T1 First Impressions

I've had the Fuji X-T1 now for a few weeks and here's my first impression of working with this camera: Holy Shit -- Holy Shit -- Holy Shit! Okay, thanks for listening. I do realize that this isn't tremendously insightful (have I mentioned that I'm a really terrible product reviewer?) so I'll share my second impressions.

January 29, 2015/No comment

10 Photography Rules I Learned in 2014

2014 Was a very strange year for me, both personally and for my photography. I learned some things along the way, and I’ve put aside ten of those things here to share with you. I’d love to know if any of these things resonate with you at all. Keep in mind, these are not 10 universal rules of photography. Not by any means. They are 10 rules for me. Ten things that I’ve learned through the course of pounding my head against the wall over and over again while chasing my own muse. What’s interesting to me is that none of these 10 rules is technical in any way. They’re all process stuff, the feely stuff. The artist stuff.

January 25, 2015/2 Comments

The Little Camera that Changed My Mind – Fujifilm X-E2

While packing for a recent trip to NYC, I decided to leave my Full-Frame Canon 6D at home and bring instead only my Fujifilm X-E2 and a single "kit" lens, the excellent Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 medium zoom lens. I've been very apprehensive about investing in this system because until this trip I simply was not convinced that I could produce the same level of image quality from a smaller, "toyish" camera system.

November 15, 2014/3 Comments