Title: Happy Hour.I’m known for being a white balance OCD crazy…

August 19, 2015 by  
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Title: Happy Hour.

I’m known for being a white balance OCD crazy person and yet I understand there are moments when the surrounding colors of a shot are what makes a photo. This is especially important in low light candid shots. Getting my subjects skin color, shirt color, and even tones right would make this image nothing less than boring. The surrounding lights and colors are what illuminated him and helped pop him out of the darkly lit bar. Oh, and I’m living for the blurred reflection in the wooden bar… so nice!

New Orleans outtake. Street photography shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.

Title: High Stakes.While I know that most religious fanatics who…

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Title: High Stakes.

While I know that most religious fanatics who protests in public with these kinds of displays are down right crazy… having said that, me and my camera will never get tired of taking photographs of them. One catch is that I want to capture them candid and caught off guard. The in your face moments are far too easy and do not interest me all that much. The candid moment is when you reveal their true selves and if you look over this shot you see lot of pain, loneliness, and anger in their faces. Their meaning is lost in their eyes.

New Orleans / Bourbon Street Outtake. Street Photography. Captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.

Title: Fanfare.This past week I was in New Orleans and had a…

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Title: Fanfare.

This past week I was in New Orleans and had a list with me of things I wanted to seek out and photograph. Unfortunately I went to The Big Easy on the hottest summer month of their season and was challenged with 105 degree weather with an almost 100% humidity level. Let me just say… I didn’t get to take many photos. I ran into issues of my camera overheating, lenses fogging up from going in and out of air conditioned spaces that were set to 60 degrees, and the dreaded sensor getting condensation on it. The heat and humidity wrecked havoc on my gear and I got to a point where I had to say “NO MORE PHOTOS!”

I will be back and the people of New Orleans have won me over. Next time you will be far better photographed by me!

Title: Downpour.Rule Number One of an event photography: ALWAYS…

June 18, 2015 by  
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Title: Downpour.

Rule Number One of an event photography: ALWAYS GET THE SHOT! … and by always that means any weather condition, too many scenarios to list, and even photos that are deemed impossible. 

Having said that… the first thing I learned many many years ago was to make sure that not only my camera bodies were weather-sealed, but that my lenses were as well. I also made the choice to add on and purchase breathable rain/weather gear… no matter the condition, I will be there to take the photo.

Outtake. Kalamazoo Pride 2015. Kalamazoo, Michigan. Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens.

Title: The Scholar.A portrait should always showcase the…

May 30, 2015 by  
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Title: The Scholar.

A portrait should always showcase the individuals who step in front of your camera and in the end you should be able to see a likeness to your subject in real life. The worst portrait one can take as a photographer is one that does not do these things. If your portrait is nothing but a person posed for a photo… then it doesn’t have life.

Location: Chicago, IL. Shot with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.

Title: TXT.I’m just as guilty as the next person but this image…

May 29, 2015 by  
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Title: TXT.

I’m just as guilty as the next person but this image is speaking volumes to me… as a photo it’s strong in composition, lighting, and even story. Having said that as I look at this photo I can only think about how humans are interacting to one another. We are missing out on so much… we are missing out on friends, stories, random moments in life, and it’s ugly.

Street Photography. Chicago, IL. Taken with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 50mm f/1.2L lens.