The Three Tenors

The Three Tenors

‘Even a fish would not get in trouble if it kept its’ mouth shut.’ – My Dad (Who once worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency.) At the docks in Garibaldi, Oregon, after the fishing boats come in, I used a Fuji XT2 – the perfect travel system – to capture these stunning, back lit, dinner-to-be’s. …

It’s The Dead of Winter and Even the Flowers are Blue

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It’s The Dead of Winter and Even the Flowers are Blue

This photo uses a north-facing window for a flattering, diffuse light source, a wide aperture for a narrow, dramatic field of focus, and high ISO for a textured grainy effect. Still, the photo wasn’t quite depressing enough to match the weather, so I used Lightroom sliders to increase the shadows and clarity.  Finally, pushed the …

What People Do to Kids

What People Do to Kids

The empty chair in this photo represents all those kids who aren’t love or protected.  The starkness and shadowing represent the despair I feel every time there is another news story about a broken, abused or murdered child.  As a father, I take each and every one of these stories like a punch in the …

Essential Skill: Swimming.

Essential Skill: Swimming.

As an older parent, raising a young child, I want my daughter to choose the extra-curricular activities that help her express the woman that she is becoming, and I do not want to spend valuable emotional currency attempting to force her into courses and activities that do not sync with her sense of self. That …

Abstract Portrait

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Abstract Portrait

Straightforward portraits have their place, but if you really want to mix things up a bit, try to look at your subject from an angle that evokes emotion, intimacy, or even an angle that makes you question your perspective.  This angle represents the image less traveled. Take it for what it’s worth.

Festival Food: A Great Intro to a Culture

Festival Food:  A Great Intro to a Culture

I shot this photo at a Cambodian Festival in Philadelphia in the spring of 2017. The booth sold Cambodian and Thai food, but not as I know Thai food from the restaurants that I have been to.  There were salads and colorful drinks that I had never seen before.  When I struck up a conversation …

Got to Shoot With a Master

Got to Shoot With a Master

Meet Jose ‘Tutes’ Tutiven, an Ecuadorian-American who is getting a ton of great commercial photo work and a lot of acclaim for his abilities. On a whim, I trekked up to Brooklyn to attend the Photoville Photo Festival in Dumbo, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. This is he sixth year running and it was held …

Gallery: Brooklyn as Rendered by Leica

Gallery: Brooklyn as Rendered by Leica

Photos DO Lie

Photos DO Lie

This isn’t what it looks like.  Not hardly. I was shot this on a crisp winter day just around noon, but of course, I couldn’t leave it well enough alone, so I de-saturated it, messed with the highlights and contrast, added some blue, and turned it into a jazzy, midnight street scene. Never trust a …

Chinese Lantern Festival – Low Light Photo Heaven

Chinese Lantern Festival – Low Light Photo Heaven

The 2017 Chinese Lantern Festival ran through May and June at Franklin Square in Philadelphia, PA.  Adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Chinatown section, this event was open and welcoming to all with static arts, and performances by acrobats, dancers and dragons.  We were lucky enough to bring and visitor from Texas and show off the diversity …