Van Gogh & Fluid Dynamics

Did hacking off his own ear give Vincent Gogh insight into one of the most exciting puzzles confounding Math, Science and Physics? Yes. There’s a mystical quality to this painting so evident that everyone sees it. From the most educated art critic in New York to a farmer’s son in the Midwest, Starry Night captures…

I Built This. And Here’s Some Knowledge.

Teachers rule. Photographer builds observatory. Wow. What a year. My English teacher Ms. Bonnie Strohm taught me not to start a sentence with ‘And’ like I did above, but I know that it can be cool in certain instances. There’s about a million reasons she’d shake her head over this blog. Sorry, Ms Strohm! She also tested…

Black Rock Observatory – Dreams come true, even for me.

  My life changed recently. I’ve always felt like an outsider. Today, its clear to me that I have an unbelievable network of friends, accomplices and cohorts that support me. My friends, my family, my community and the world has reached out and given me an enormous hug. It feels really, really amazing. I have to…

Lessons learned

Shot in an 8′ wide space yesterday surrounded by cardboard boxes. I learned a few things: 1) cardboard bounce adds red to the scene 2) I need grids for my softboxes 3) always have 9′ and 5′ seamless handy 4) I’m much happier when I’m working 5) don’t shoot a 50mm 1.4 at f11 unless…

Mark & Lauren

I am very sensitive to the fact that for every wedding photographer you see at a wedding, there’s at least one or two good friends or family that didn’t get invited. Sure, some have the budget to go as big as they want, but most of my clients make a pretty big sacrifice to have…

Before and After the fall

I hate to follow up the last post with something so trivial and unimportant, but I will anyway. I broke my phone and got it fixed. I’ve been thinking a lot about photographing objects lately, especially shiny objects, basically because its difficult and fun. After seeing a few tutorials online recently (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIm-SZHKOW4), I thought I’d…

Before They

Jimmy Nelson is a monster. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but he’s a monster of photography and art and culture. I mean that in a nice respectful way, I promise.

Dove gets it.

Dove gets it. I swore off the liquify tool last year when the AMA declared Photoshop was bad for your health. I still spot heal, but I think that not only should photographers be able to