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Camera Design: Tools Can Be Beautiful

Camera Design: Tools Can Be Beautiful

Anyone who knows me knows that I love photography. This is probably why I am both a photographer and a printer. Since I was a child I enjoyed making things. When I was around 15 or 16 I decided to get a camera as another means of creating. I had no idea at that time that photography would end up being one of the only consistent things in my life over the coming years. Shortly after I began taking photos I also got interested in cameras themselves. Luckily I got into photography before digital cameras were readily available and so I got to learn completely on film. This also meant that it was rather easy to buy much older cameras and use them just as I would any other camera, film being more readily available at the time. By the time I was 19 I had some 215 cameras in my room on custom built shelves or spinning displays that I got from department stores that no longer needed them. When I moved to Charleston at age 20 I unfortunately decided to part with the majority of my camera collection. Yeah, bad move. Still, I hung on to many of them because, in addition to photography, I also love design and there are some truly beautifully designed cameras out there. It’s an interesting idea to me that a camera can not only create beautiful things but can also be a beautiful creation in itself; tools can be both functional and beautiful. A camera is the tool which photographers use to capture light, but can’t it be fun to use a...
A Foggy Day In Paris

A Foggy Day In Paris

Recently I spent some time in Paris and Barcelona where I was photographing some churches. While at St. Sulpice (ever seen The Da Vinci Code?) I had the opportunity to climb the one finished of two towers they have and was greeted with a full view of the city. It was a foggy, rainy day yet I couldn’t resist shooting something from this vantage point. Below is the result from my visit that day. See it larger...
Parc Guell: Barcelona, Spain

Parc Guell: Barcelona, Spain

I was recently in Barcelona, Spain where I had the opportunity to photograph the amazing Sagrada Familia. While in the city I took the opportunity to visit as much as I could, and Parc Guell is one place I can definitely recommend visiting. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the same man who designed Sagrada Familia, it is a bit of a wonderland. I only took one real photograph while there and you can see the whimsical view below. View it larger here....
Featured in Petersen’s Photographic Magazine

Featured in Petersen’s Photographic Magazine

I’m very honored to have had Petersen’s Photographic Magazine feature my church work in their latest, Fall 2013, issue. They gave me 6 full pages of space and did a great, thorough job writing the article. This issue features 8 different photographers talking about areas of photography in which they specialize, so it is worth reading about the different work people are doing. Go grab a copy before they are gone around the middle of...
Charlie Magazine 50 Most Progressive 2013

Charlie Magazine 50 Most Progressive 2013

I am honored to have been chosen by Charlie Magazine to be among their 50 most progressive people of 2013. Charlie does a fantastic job with their magazine and I suggest picking up pretty much any issue to see some great photography and read interesting articles. Thanks to Jason Zwiker for writing the article and doing the...
Featured In Popular Photography Magazine

Featured In Popular Photography Magazine

I’m honored to have been interviewed by Popular Photography Magazine for a short article on photographing in Charleston, SC. They also used my photograph of the famous Angel Oak tree on John’s Island in the article. Grab a copy if you are interested in reading a bit about photographing around the beautiful city of...
Photographing Birds of Prey In A Studio

Photographing Birds of Prey In A Studio

Recently I was given the opportunity to set up a studio at the Center For Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC and photograph their birds. This was exciting for me on many levels. I’ve loved birds of prey since I was a child (especially owls) and having them mere feet from my lens was a joy. The staff at the center were incredibly inviting and accommodating to me throughout the day. If you are in or around Charleston, SC I highly suggest you visit the center where you can see a vast array of owls, hawks, eagles, kites, falcons, and vultures. Thursdays through Saturdays they even have 2 flight demonstrations daily that will allow you to get up close and personal with the birds, some flying literally right over your head. It’s a great experience. For those interested in the technical side of the shoot: The camera I used was a Nikon D800. I wanted as much resolution as possible and, short of renting a medium format camera, the Nikon D800 was the best choice. I have to say that, though I had a terrible time with the camera’s autofocus, when it was right the resolution and sharpness were superb. You simply cannot get an idea in sized down web res files, but these can go very large and still maintain sharpness of every feather on the bird’s head. I’m also very pleased with the tonal range the D800 produced in the final photos. For these shots I was shooting at ISO 100, generally at f/11, in continuous AF mode to keep up with the constant little movements the...
Ravenel Bridge Fashion Shoot

Ravenel Bridge Fashion Shoot

Andrew Petersen of Misiu Beauty contacted photographer Diana Deaver and I about doing a fashion shoot for him to use for his Charleston based cosmetics line for posters and magazine ads. He wanted to include a model wearing his line of lip products and a recognizable Charleston landmark. It didn’t take long for us to settle on using Charleston’s well known Ravenel Bridge, spanning the gap between downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC, over the Cooper River, as the background. Diana and I collaborated to create this image, and neither of us could be more pleased with the...
Portrait Of An Interior Designer

Portrait Of An Interior Designer

Interior designer John Christensen wanted a portrait for his new website but he specifically didn’t want something that looked like a standard photograph and he didn’t want anything that featured him up front and center. My idea was to focus mostly on the room, but to feature John in multiple places throughout it in hopes it would make the photo more surreal while at the same time take some of the focus off of John himself since there would now be multiple versions of him to draw your attention; one man suddenly becomes a crowd of 4, and in crowds the individual is less of a focus. It would also place John in the position of being reflective of his work by, in a way, watching himself and reviewing what he’s already done. We shot this in the “green room” of the Sword Gate House on Legare Street, which was decorated by John himself. We were pleased with the...