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…

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

Julie & Ryan

I’m still thinking about this wedding. Julie and Ryan are one of those couples who exude togetherness. To anyone around, its quite obvious that they’re meant for each other. It’s hard to explain, but they just fit. It’s romantic and sappy perhaps, but I believe there is true love and I’ll go on the record…

Burning Man & The Great Ticket Shortage of 2012

Today, the Burning Man Organization will announce its new policies regarding tickets to this year’s event. Growth, permit concerns and an aging ticket system has taken its toll and has caused, what many burners see as a huge disaster. Many of the amazing and mind-blowing art and projects that makes Burning Man what it is…

Rise

I threw a few lapses together for a juried exhibition at the Lancaster Museum of Art Gallery. They said they never get video entries.

Jesse Rosten’s iPad photo shoot.

I wish I had taken this shot. Better yet, I wish I had had this idea. Jesse Rosten, one of my favorite sources of inspiration for all things camera and video, came up with the idea of lighting an entire shoot with iPads. Turns out, he broke out the meter and at ISO800 1/60, he…