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California Fall Colors

The term “Fall Colors” didn’t mean much to me growing up in Southern California…really because I thought only the east coast people got to enjoy them. Come to find out we’ve got a little bit of it going on in California too. These were taken in the Mammoth Lakes area.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Tokina 12-24 f/4

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October 15, 2015 8:57 pm
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Want to learn all the options on your camera? Go shoot BMX

It’s been a while…err…years since I’ve ventured out to the BMX track to shoot. You could say I felt a bit out of place. While I used to be a staple at Sycamore BMX, I felt like a stranger. And I’ll admit some of the camera settings I used to set without looking were hard to remember. One of the many challenges of shooting sports is coming up with ways to show the action. Meaning I could just crank up the shutter speed and freeze the riders mid air(which I did of course), or I could try a few things to show the actual movement and speed. I was only out there for about an hour but that gave me enough time to shoot at some very slow shutter speeds, try panning and even get the flash out to attempt some 2nd curtain sync.

Not everything was a success, but came home with a few keepers. Any interest in more 2nd curtain sync shots, I’ve posted more about that technique in the past here.

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August 11, 2015 8:29 pm
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California’s Central Coast

Had the chance to spend a few days along California’s Central Coast. While many people find the pace of life here a bit too slow, I’d be thrilled to spend many more days exploring all it has to offer. We based our selves out of the small town of Cambria which I quickly fell in love with. Hoping to go back next year…

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A few stops in Washington…

 

Last year it was a trip to Glacier National Park last year…This year it was a few days on the road in Washington state via temp home base in Idaho. I’m guessing I could spend a lifetime there taking photos and exploring all it has to offer. Below are a few photos from Mount Rainier and surrounding areas.

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June 30, 2015 3:16 pm
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Featured on the PocketWizard blog…

PocketWizard was kind enough to feature one of my shoots and the story behind it on their blog. You can read the full post by clicking here.

 

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Dealing with things out of your control…Mountain bike photo shoot.

With a free Friday night and an itch to shoot and ride, I sent out a couple texts looking for riders to come along. Daylight savings was in effect and I assumed we would have 3 hours or so after work if we got busy right away.  As the time to shoot and ride crept closer the clouds increased. I had counted on it being sunny and as often happens…plans change. There are many things photographers can be in control of…we cannot do anything about the weather. In this case you deal with a smaller window of time to shoot.

In this case that smaller window of time led to some limitations on locations to choose from…we would shoot and then rush to our next spot….I could not have done that with out being mobile and having one of the riders become the human light stand while the other rode his bike.  With the clouds increasing and sun setting…I was continually changing settings on the fly….I often get asked if I feel limited or challenged shooting flash since I have to stick to 1/250th sync speed. No….ever since switching to the newer PocketWizards it’s never been an issue. HyperSync has been a game changer in the way I shoot allowing me to pretty much shoot and fire my strobes at any shutter speed. Again having someone hold the strobe and have them move when I do allows for super quick location changes. So far these images have been some of my most popular on social media and one ran as a two page spread in a mountain bike magazine. So much for planning!

Technical info:
Canon 7D with Tokina 12-24 f/4 and Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Strobe info:
Strobe-Single Boling 600 watt strobe
Fired via PocketWizards MiniTT1 and FlexTT5

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August 27, 2014 12:29 pm
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Not enough time in Glacier National Park…

It almost seems silly to spend a day and a half in a national park..sure it’s better than nothing, but as a photographer its just a tease. I’d love to go back and spend a week in the park with time to really soak more of it in. The photos below represent my short time in the park.

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August 15, 2014 8:47 pm
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Published-Practical Photography Magazine

It’s always nice to get a photo in print and for me it’s even better when it’s one of my favorite images. The current issue of Practical Photography Magazine is featuring various flash techniques and chose one of my mountain bike images to showcase. A lot of effort went into getting this image and if you missed the back story on the shot you can find it in one of my previous posts here.

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July 22, 2014 7:06 pm
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A practice day with a few drivers from the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series…

I’ve had my share of dirt/dust/roost from BMX, motocross and mountain bikes, but off road trucks take the cake. I was able to spend some time shooting drivers Myan Spaccarelli, Jeremy McGrath and Casey Currie of the Lucas Oil Off Road series during a practice day….and got my full days worth of dirt.

If the trucks don’t quite look like trucks in these shots it’s because they don’t always run the body panels during practice. It’s easier to work on/make adjustments with out having to remove the body panels each time.

A HUGE thanks to Myan for the invite.

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Published…Dirt Rag Magazine

The image below is in issue 178 of Dirt Rag magazine. This image was from an impromptu shoot I put together a while back. I blogged about that here if you missed it.

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June 26, 2014 7:39 pm
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