I bought a tilt shift lens last year. It’s pretty fun. It’s completely manual focus so you have to work a little harder to get your shot. When I was in the Studio with Bex in March, I pulled it out and played a little. These are the resultant shots. If you want to know a little more about tilt shifts, it’s easy to google :)
We met a little later than usual this month, but wow, some awesome images were shown last night. These were my humble additions to the evening. I’m way behind in my editing, so this is sort of a mishmash of a few different shoots. Please enjoy!
Everyone has done this shot, and now, so have I.
Each month I meet with a group of talented local photographers and show off my best stuff from the previous month. This is what I showed this month.
I had a guy on instagram ask me about seeing the original images from this composite.
So being the sycophant that I am, I though I would oblige (although sycophant doesn’t apply here because I get no advantage from this nice guy behavior). Anyway, here they are. You will notice that some of them were flipped because my artistic vision thought they should be :) Please enjoy!
As always, I’m a crappy blogger. Since I last posted, I’ve done a few shoots, traveled to the South Pole, toured around Antarctica with Devi, and now I’ve been home for a couple of weeks. I’m still organizing my photos from the South Pole and New Zealand, but I went out locally on Friday February 15th to Cataract Creek and then on the 17th out to Rodeo Beach. These aren’t award winners…but what the hell, I’m gonna post them anyway. Look for more updates shortly.
I recently met a model on Instagram who was just starting out and somehow decided it would be a good idea to drive down to Oceano at the crack of dawn (I left my house at 2AM) to catch the sunrise on the dunes. It was a bit of a risk (new model) and logistics and whatever, but I felt a good vibe from here and honestly just needed a day off work. Everything went amazing. We had plenty of time to shoot on the dunes (though, she froze…and was awesome for doing so). We got some amazing shots. We then had breakfast and headed to downtown Arroyo Grande where we stealthily got some shots in under the swinging bridge. Here’s a few out-takes from the shoot. I’ll post the whole set a while later. I’m sooo glad I made the trip and a new friend! I can’t wait to shoot with her again.
I'm going to write down where we went and what we did a bit (including maps and images) just so I have a record of where we went and what we did...
Firs off, Iceland was amazing, and I'm officially in love. We were only there for 5 nights and I wish we had more. We stayed mainly in the Southern portion though we did take a jaunt to the somewhat middle on our second day.
I've included some google tracking below so you can see where we went
We flew out on the 8th and arrived the morning of the 9th (early), so we had to keep ourselves busy for a few hours before we could check into our airbnb. I took a drive down to Landeyjahöfn which was a cool black sand beach and also a port where boats go out to the islands. I also stopped at Seljalandsfoss which was a pretty cool waterfall where I had to pay roughly $7 to park. I chose not to walk behind it and get my new camera all wet.
The next day (August 10th we met up with a model I hired for the day and headed up into the inland for some shooting and adventure going on the Icelandic famous F roads. We had a fabulous day that included waterfalls and volcanic wasteland as well as Iceland's famous moss.
It was a long and beautiful day! The next day (August 11th) we drove to our next airbnb and stopped by a cool (but warm) pool on the way as well as the famous mossy canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur. On the way back to our airbnb, we stopped for some photos in the amazingly huge lava moss fields. I flew my drone a bit and got some cool overhead shots too.
The next day (the 12th) was perhaps our biggest day. This was the day for the icebergs and ice beach. But we first wanted to stop by the moss canyon and see if we could get some photos before everyone showed up; we were in luck.
The 13th was a long drive across the south. Just before we drove into Vik, we all noticed a pretty waterfall that looked like it was easily accessible. so we stopped and took some photos.
Trying to get closer to that lighthouse nearly ruined our day when I got a little aggressive with our rented SUV...
Our last day came too fast, but we made the best of it. We got up early to get to Kleifarvatn early enough to shoot before tourists showed up. And sure enough they did, but not before we got some good shots.
And for some reason both my silly traveling companions wanted to be pose nekid near sheep, so, lol, that was the last shots we tried to get :)
This was a really wonderful trip and the only thing I wish is that we had more time.
Iceland...I'll be back!
Last week (I just got back yesterday) I was in Iceland with my girlfriend and my good friend CKudos. While there, my instagram got deleted for some dumb reason (a not blurred or blocked enough nipple perhaps). I've decided to not fool with instagram any more unless they re-instate my account, so, you can expect a lot more blog posts here...
I took thousands of photos over the last 6 days, and have only begun to scratch the surface, but thought I'd share some of what I have so far.
I have enough material for a book...I'll let you know when it's ready!
Enjoy. Comments are always appreciated.
By now you all know I do a photo salon every month. This month is no exception. Here's the stuff I showed this time.
Like most months, I meet with some good photo friends for us to share what we've been up to. This month was intimate since there was only 4 of us. So...I brought extra stuff :)
In what is becoming a yearly trek, we visited the Oceano Dunes once again. This place contains incomparable beauty. This year I had the privilege of working with 5 wonderful models. This blog is just a preview of things to come.
I've been busy shooting...and also took a break at the beginning of the year. Here are a few shots from my latest shoots. Soon they will be up in the password protected area in all their glorious beauty, but for now, you'll have to be satisfied with these edits.
It's been a while since I wrote a blog. It's been a while since I shot for that matter. And, I had some surgery and other things along the way. Anyway, every month (or almost every month), I meet with a talented group of photographers to drink wine and show photographs. These are mine from this month.
In late October of this year, I found myself in Spain for my day job. I am allowed to take some personal time at the end (or beginning) of trips and I ALWAYS take advantage of this. Why wouldn't you? My plan this time was to visit the Baleric Islands (specifically Mallorca) for a long weekend at the end of the trip. Originally my girlfriend was going to join me but she had a tragic death in her family and was unable to join me. I contacted a model friend of mine who is studying in Florence for the year to see if perhaps she wanted to come. She said she was game and asked if her friend Alexis could join us (not to model, but to hang out). Of course, that was fine with me, so we purchased tickets and all was planned. I flew out Friday the 20th. Before heading to my airBNB, I had some time to kill so I took a small tour of the island. Using the google stalker (er timeline) I kept track of where I went and so, throughout this blog, I'll show what's up. I drove North into the beautiful mountains on the island.
I had no expectations for the scenery I was about to see but was pleasantly surprised when I got up into the mountains. The only downside was I could find anywhere to pull over to get some shots! As an aside, this place appeared to be a mecca for cyclists, they were everywhere on the road. I was able to finally find a spot and pull over to grab some photos. Here's 3.
After a bit of that, I realized I needed to be across the island to check into my airBNB. I was only about 10 minutes late which was a bit of a miracle considering how little I knew about the roads. Once I got settled into by spot at Cala Morlanda (I would return here in a hot second), I ran out to get some food (which it turns out I bought the perfect breakfast foods for my guests). Once I got back, I did some scouting for the planned shoot with Mauvais the next day. Then, it was back to the airport (late...their flight was delayed) and finally back to the house for the night.
Mauvais was game for getting up early for a sunrise so, we did. And, boy were we glad we did. It was, quite simply amazing. The area near the house I rented had cliffs that dropped directly into the sea which mad for a spectacular backdrop. A map of the area can be seen here.
A galley of the best images can be seen below.
After the attempt at underwater...which turns out to be harder than it looks! Next time, I need a weight belt and deeper water :)
After that it was home to a wonderful breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. A brief rest and then on for the rest of the amazing day in part 2!!!
My first shoot with a model who has since retired, but I have shot with many, many times over the years. She's become a lifelong friend and in fact, just today we went on a wine tasting adventure after a nice Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for. At this first shoot she hadn't gone anonymous yet, but since she is not trying to be anonymous in her modeling I'll only post shots of an anonymous nature. For this shoot we hiked way the hell up hill 88 in the Marin headlands. It was cold and a long hike. I'm not sure if this was a preview for all (or most) of our following shoots, but cold has certainly been a part of most of our shoots. I'm honored to have her as a friend. And to think this December it will have been 10 years we've been shooting together!
As always, I meet with a group of talented photographers once per month. As always, I am never disappointed. These are what I showed.
I guess that's because I've been busy doing new shoots and stuff. So, today, I'm doing a bit of a massive update. First though, I'll post the images from my latest Salon Group.