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Wait…you aren’t using Flipboard to view your Twitter feed? Really?

I don’t think its a secret that I carry the Flipboard flag…in fact this is my second time writing about the app. You can read how the stormy love affair began by clicking here. This time I’m writing because I feel like if you are a Twitter user who isn’t using Flipboard you are missing out. It’s like I’ve been keeping a secret about this amazing Christmas present Flipboard created for you and I can finally let it out and tell you about it. So let me do my best to highlight what I am talking about. The screen shots below are from my ipad and I’m sure the experience is great on any tablet…..

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So whats the big deal? Well if you like magazines and I know you like some kind of magazine, then your Twitter feed is displayed like one as shown below. If the post has an image then the image will help bait you into reading more…


….want to read more? Click it…ahh the full view right there in Flipboard as shown below with the full article. ( I cropped the photo in order to show the photo and text sample here)


Perhaps the person just Tweeted a photo only? Oh a photographers dream! But you’ve been viewing them on your phone? Shame on you! Look at the image below..Full screen photo goodness the way the photographer wanted you to see it.


What if someone posted a link to a whole gallery of shots? Again, no clicking a link to open a browser, you can view right there in Flipboard. Notice the Show All link in the sample below.



Video you ask? Yeah that too…just click play. Oh there is so much more….




Want to reply to the Tweet? Follow the person who Tweeted? Yeah its all right there too…




Want to toss something from your Twitter feed into one of the magazines you already curate on Flipboard? Yeah just hit the plus symbol, click your mag and add it.



I’m sure I’ve left a few gems out of this…But it’s time for you to test drive it yourself and add your Twitter feed to the Flipboard app. Post a comment if I’m wrong..but I doubt you will..you’ll be too busy starting your own magazine.


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March 6, 2014 7:51 pm

Adding some color in post…changing the feel

I’ve been back and forth on this shot..open it, edit it, close it…then I come back another day and go through the same process. Often never finding a final option that I really enjoy. Removing the “normal” colors and going with an orange tone actually works for me. I’m sure on another day it may not have done it for me..today it did and this one made it’s way to my Flickr account.

Tech Specs:
Canon 7D with Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens
Single Boling 600 watt strobe fired via PocketWizards
Edited in Adobe Lightroom

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Colton Aeck Supercross


Back to Africa…

I had the privilege of spending time with Crisis Aid International on my recent trip to East Africa. While it can be easy to dwell on the hopelessness and despair that are constant realities in this part of Africa, I didn’t want all of the photos I shared to only portray that part of life. I’ve found in both of my trips to Africa that the people never seem hopeless and usually have a joy within them that is hard to to explain.
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Prepping for Supercross with Colton Aeck

Had a chance to spend the day with privateer Colton Aeck as he goes through his final preparations for the 2014 Supercross season.

Some of the sponsors working with Colton:
TREMX.com, Tri-County Powersports, Pasha Racing, Tech One Designs, FMF, Race Tech, Renthal, Focus Apparel, X Brand goggles, Works Connection, Rekluse, DUBYA Wheels, Maxima, DT-1 Air filters, 6D helmets, All balls racing

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Thanks internet….you found me some friends. Friends who can ride Part 4

This is the final post in this series. You can click for Part 1  Part 2  and Part 3

I’ve written about Nick in the past.  Since we met via Twitter I thought it’d be appropriate to write and address if it was creepy or weird meeting someone via Twitter. Turns out in this case it wasn’t. You can read that post here. While Nick has since moved back to his original stomping grounds of the East Coast, we still keep in touch via social media and I’m sure our paths will cross in the future.

In his short time in California he played an important part in helping out with one of my favorite shoots….shown below in the water tower shots. You can read about that shoot here.


Thanks internet….you found me some friends. Friends who can ride Part 3

Click here for Part 1 and Part 2 of this series…

Travis is someone I stalked…err…met on a mountain bike website that we both frequent. Once I found out that we were both in the same town, it was an exchange of a couple emails and a phone call and we were off on our first photo shoot. It’s been great to not only get to know Travis but also watch his skills improve over time. We’ve collaborated on a number of photo shoots and took the time to make a mountain bike video too. I have some ideas for new stuff to shoot with Travis this year and I can’t wait to take those to beyond just ideas.


Thanks internet….you found me some friends. Friends who can ride Part 2

Part One of this series can be found here.

The second rider meeting made possible through the internet was Skye Schillhammer. I met Skye (@skyride on Twitter) through mountain bike film maker Stephen Tenuto (Lush Cinema). Steve was a recent transplant to the L.A area and I found him online after watching a few of his videos….Skye was out from Washington to shoot some video in SoCal with Steve and I was able to shoot some stills that day. I also had the opportunity to shoot Skye at his local trails in Washington State….a chance to grab some great shots of an amazing rider.


Thanks internet….you found me some friends. Friends who can ride Part 1

I was recently looking over some of my photos and started to do a mental inventory of where or how I’d met the person in the photo. Seems that while the internet is full of endless amounts of crud, I’ve met a number of people because of it….AND ended up taking photos of them. Now that I’ve re read that last sentence it could sound kinda creepy. BUT you’ll see below that my relationships are built around two wheels and photography. Two interests that quickly form a common bond…So thank you internet…you connected me with some solid friends and friends who can sure ride bikes. This is my chance to thank them and highlight some of their skills on a bicycle.

I’ll feature one rider each week for the next few weeks…

The friendship that goes back the furthest is Todd who I call my original guinea pig stunt rider. Always up for a challenge and almost always pulling off amazing things on a bike. You’ll see below why I said almost always pulling it off. We live in different states, but have managed to ride together all over the place (Moab, Mammoth, Sedona, SoCal, Colorado). Also a photographer, Todd seems to understand what I am trying to do behind the camera which always helps. Thanks Todd!!

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November 7, 2013 9:12 pm

Change in altitude…Mountain bike photoshoot

One of the benefits of living in Southern California is the diversity of the terrain. A short drive and you are at the beach, desert or mountains. While I have taken trips to shoot surfing at the beach and motocross in the desert, I haven’t done a lot of exploring/shooting in our local mountains. That changed recently when I decided that I had officially had enough of shooting mountain bikes in my local “zone” where we have a great amount of hills, but not real mountains. We have loads of great places to shoot, but over the years I’d hit them all. A change was definitely in order…

The plan was to take a few riders and knock out a day of shooting in our local mountains. With summer still lingering a change in altitude sounded like the perfect idea to escape the heat and change things up. The one downside of my plan was going in without any local knowledge of spots to shoot. One of the riders with me had ridden this area before..which helped in getting there, but not really on locations for shooting.

Going in to a shoot sort of blind can be un nerving, but also makes it kind of exciting. We had a day to explore, ride, hike and get the shoot completed. We were able to quickly find a few different spots that I thought would work for the shots I wanted. One issue with shooting in the trees is the un even lighting you have to deal with. I currently don’t have control over the clouds so I brought some extra help in the form of my light kit to help out.
While it was a bit of a risk to plan a shoot at a place I’d never been, we ended up with the shots I wanted and the client is happy with the shots that we delivered.

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October 22, 2013 8:19 pm

Mr. Photo Editor-I wouldn’t do it for free…

I wouldn’t do it for free….and I know you found some one who will.

A couple of years ago you would have had what you wanted and at the price you wanted. With your slick opening lines and smooth word play…talking of the things we had in common. I’m sure you justify it all as a game. Approaching it with pre rehearsed words of praise and selling “photo credit” with way more value than it truly has…A couple of years ago I yearned for the attention you as a photo editor brought my way. I would have believed that the words you were spinning were true. I would have believed it was YOU doing me a favor. Promises of glossy print and thousands of eyes on my work. “A missed opportunity if I said no” you would say.

You said that if I didn’t do it there were many lined up who would. And you were right and perhaps that’s why you had the balls to even suggest the deal you were making. A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have the common sense to realize that every third page of your magazine is an advertisement…advertisements that make YOU money.

Sure you found another photographer victim to work with, but I have the joy of  knowing when you go to print that you AREN’T running the cover photo you really wanted.

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