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Inspired by: The Armless Carpenter

Inspiration can come from many places…in this case it comes out of Ethiopia.

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October 25, 2011 7:47 pm
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Peer Pressure in Photography

I had planned on writing this post a few weeks ago but certain things kept me from starting. The timing is actually perfect as today Canon announced their new Canon 1D X. The 1D X is Canon’s next big camera with all of the features anyone could ask for…Typically just after such an announcement all of the interwebs explode with gear lust. Even the Nikon shooters chime in noting that Nikon will announce a new model within a few weeks and of course it will have a better this or that.

I’ve written before that it isn’t about your gear and we know it’s a matter of what you do with it. But it seems every time a friend or co-worker begins the search for a camera they start to read…then read some more and the pressure starts. They read about the Digital Rebel being a good entry level camera….and then an expert writes that the Nikon is slightly better because you can shoot raccoons in your backyard in pure darkness. They go on to read about their “need” for a prime lens and how shooting jpegs isn’t the way to go. It goes on and on and they feel the pressure. The Rebel isn’t good enough anymore….they need the Canon 5D because someone told them they do.

I saw the picture above while driving one day and knew it would make the perfect example for a post on photography peer pressure. I’m guessing if Mike had called around or looked at selling land on the internet he would have read about how he had to have a custom sign with his realtors photo on it….bold graphics with a catchy phrase….and others would have told him how he should run an ad in Los Angeles Realty magazine.

Maybe Mike knows what works and went with what he had. His name, a sign and his phone number. Maybe Mike sells property all the time with this simple method. Learn from Mike and keep it simple…

How often are you gonna shoot raccoons in the dark? Ignore the pressure.

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October 18, 2011 6:50 pm
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Red Bull Rampage one year ago…2012 Rampage is one year away

Just over a year ago the 2010 Red Bull Rampage came to a close with Cam Zink as the overall winner. Glad I’m not a judge in this event as all of the runs had something special in them. It’s one of those events where television and the internet just don’t quite show you what it’s really like. Big..fast..crazy..and an amazing amount of talent.

Since Red Bull runs the event every other year there will not be a Rampage this year….so I offer up a few more photos of last years event below.

Looking forward to 2012.

Keep an eye on Redbull’s site for details on the 2012 event.

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The guys at Brain Farm are liars…and The Art of Flight is a fake


After months of waiting and watching the trailer probably 50 times, I received my copy of the Art of Flight. Upon opening the slick black case with its subtle graphics I discovered two discs. One Blu ray and one standard DVD. Thanks guys an extra point for providing both versions. I put that Blu ray in…turned on the surround sound and then it happened….the movie began and the lies started flowing out like a dam break. Confused? Yeah I was too…there is no way this movie wasn’t shot on a green screen. The images were mind blowing…too good! I began to craft a strongly worded letter in my mind of what I was going to say when I wrote the guys at Brain Farm. I was quickly interrupted when the action started. Duped again…impossible snow board moves that could only be crafted by a master of CGI. By this time I knew writing the letter would be easy because I had even more fuel for my fire. I would somehow manage to finish this movie trying to contain my ooohs and aaahs keeping in mind it was all smoke and mirrors.

Instead of writing a letter I thought I’d use the power of the internet and write a blog post about my experience. I did in fact buy this movie and I did sit back and watch it. And couldn’t stop thinking about it the whole night. I’m hoping by now you know I’m kidding about the green screen and  CGI stuff….The Art of Flight is amazing! I’d type up a bunch of reasons that you should own it, but I’ll just suggest you watch the trailer again…and then buy it.

I’m really looking forward to see what’s next from Brain Farm.

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October 5, 2011 7:21 pm
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Published Dirt Rag Magazine

Happy to have a full page shot in this months Dirt Rag Magazine. This is a shot I’ve been holding on to hoping to get published somewhere and it’s nice to see it in print.

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Camera: Canon 7D
Settings: 1/250th @ f/11
Lens: Tokina 12-24 f/4
Light Kit: Boling 2 x 300 watt
Fired via: Pocket Wizards

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2nd curtain sync with the Canon 580ex

If you follow my photography at all you already know I’m a big fan of off camera flash. When I’m thinking of future shots I usually have my light kit in mind. Bringing the light kit to the BMX track isn’t really an option for me. I think it’s too dangerous to have all that gear right next to the track. So my option becomes using on camera flash via the Canon 580ex. When I think on camera flash it’s usually 2nd curtain sync. 2nd curtain in a nutshell allows the flash to go off at the very end of your exposure. This allows me to shoot at extremely slow shutter speeds and still freeze the action.

The results with 2nd curtain can be very interesting and allows you a ton of freedom to experiment. I wont go into the tech details of the process, but will provide a link if you want to read more on the process.

Took me a while to get back into the groove of having the flash on the camera and remembering what settings were needed. I did at least remember where to turn on 2nd curtain on the 580.

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Shot with the: Canon 7D, Tokina 12-24 f/4 and Canon 580ex flash

Settings: 1/60th @ f/9

Settings: 1/60th @ f/9

Settings: 1/60th @ f/10

Settings: 1/8th @ f/4

Settings: 1/8th @ f/4


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Early morning at Point Dume beach

I kept hearing all the hype of big waves in Southern California all of last week..decided to go a take a look for myself. Took a quick early morning trip to Point Dume and was greeted by morning fog. Didn’t make for great action shots, but did get some landscape shots that I am happy with. Put together a little video too. Click images for a larger view….




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Forgotten images

If you are like me you probably return from a trip and review your photos…making note of your favs and skipping the rest. I often go back through all my shots to see if maybe there are photos that I might like better a week, month or a few years later. The photo below is one of those shots. I took a mountain bike trip to Sedona Arizona a couple years ago and came home with many photos that I liked but I guess I missed this one on my first pass. Forgotten or ignored no more….

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Way out of my comfort zone…Photography in Ethiopia

In 2005 I had a unique opportunity to go to Africa for a few weeks. The trip to Ethiopia was not a photography trip, but I knew that taking photos would be an important part of it. At the time I was far from having any notion that I might one day be a “photographer”

I was with a group of people who are a part of something called the Mossy Foot Project. A visit to the Mossy Foot website will give you some great information way beyond what I can type out here. Mossy Foot in a nutshell is a debilitating disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia and beyond. The people, who are already some of the poorest in the world, take an even lower spot in society when they have the Mossy Foot disease.

With my first digital SLR in hand and a single lens I began documenting our journey. Dirt roads, animals roaming, landscapes and the people within my group…then we stopped at our first Mossy Foot clinic site…and I stopped shooting. I didn’t stop for long, but long enough to try to figure out what I was doing and why I was there. I was in Ethiopia, had just traveled for about 24 hours and about to take photos of people I didn’t know…I didn’t speak their language…those were only a few of the things I was trying to wrap my brain around.

After a few minutes of observing and being observed…I reached for my camera and began taking photos of faces. I was at a distance and still felt a bit uneasy as it was explained to me that many of the people I was photographing had not seen a camera before. Shooting photos of the people became a bit easier with time….but I knew there was more to shoot than just their faces.

Documenting our trip would mean shooting images of the disease. I was shown a few photos before our trip of people with Mossy Foot and they were disturbing. Of course viewing a few photos does not prepare you for the real thing. Once I began shooting I noticed many of the people “wanted” me to shoot their feet. I was told that they didn’t know if I was a doctor or exactly what pointing my “device” would do for them. All of it became easier as the days went on, but nothing can really prepare you for such an interaction.

The trip gave me a unique opportunity to grow as a photographer and a lifelong desire to continue to help the people with Mossy Foot.

More info can be found on the Mossy Foot website.

**Some of the images of Mossy Foot below are pretty graphic








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August 9, 2011 9:10 pm
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Published Bike Magazine Germany

This image was captured on a mountain bike trip to Moab Utah…Currently being used in an ad for Bike Magazine Germany.

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August 2, 2011 6:24 pm
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