April 9, 2017

With the recent release of the Leica’s new M10 I noticed an interesting commonality amongst the reviews. Almost all of them tested the camera in sunny, dry, or interior environments. Now I understand that Leica's are expensive cameras and that reviewers and owners may not want to risk their equipment, but it strikes me that it might be worth knowing what kind of abuse these cameras can take given the high price they command.

Additionally, I’ve seen Leica’s treated with a sort of reverence that often influences the types of shots photographers are willing to risk taking. And it strikes me thi...

December 8, 2016

The kind of photography I do begins as a moment of theft. Finding the scene, finding your angle, and stealing the moment for yourself. Some photographers are creators. They build a scene, a still life, or arrange their models and angle their lights and create an image from nothing. I’m not one of those photographers. I’m a thief. I case the scenes around me, plan my approach, take my shot, and escape back into the crowd.

But I’m not an undiscerning thief. And over the years I’ve noticed a theme emerging in the scenes I’m capturing. I’m a photographer who wishes he could paint.

Paolo Veronese...

May 9, 2016

Recently one of my cousins messaged me asking for some camera advice. He was looking for help choosing a new camera and wondered if I had any suggestions. Without wasting any time I started writing back a sort of stream of conscience response. I started with the differences and history behind D-SLR’s and Mirrorless cameras. I wrote about size and shape and weather sealing. I covered lenses and the suggested uses for various systems. I reflected on megapixels and sensor sizes and dynamic range and ISO performance. I covered Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, etc… I wrote about zoom lenses vs. prime l...

March 18, 2016

We tend to see photos in isolation. By that I don’t mean we only see one photo at a time - between facebook, flickr, and instagram we’ve become comfortable consuming many photos at once – but that we see only one photo from a scene. We see the image the photographer has chosen as the best representative of a moment or depiction of a scene. The shot that conveys or captures exactly that which the photographer wants to show us. But behind every curated and published moment are a whole host of discarded, deleted, and forgotten images. It’s these moments, the ones we don’t see, that I want to f...

March 14, 2016

“WHAT!!! You can’t do that!”

“Sure I can. It’s my photo.”

“But you can’t just make stuff up.”

                                                

I had just confessed to Denny that a recent photo I'd posted had undergone a tad more work in Photoshop than most of my images do. Although the conversation had a jocular air to it, there was clearly disappointment in his t...

March 7, 2016

I've been wondering for a while whether to start keeping a bit of a blog here. Updating the site with new photos is great, but part of what makes photography so fun for me is the stories that go with the images.

My thinking here is that every now and then I'll write up the story about a new image, or if it's been a while one of my older ones. A bit on what I like about the shot, how it came about, and maybe a little on the technical considerations that go on behind the scenes. 

Last night serves as a great example of what I have in mind. I was at the pub with a dear friend, Alden, and we we...

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