Oct 17, 2011
standard operating equipment

standard operating equipment

Sep 28, 2011

abstractions: no.4

Abstractions4the feeling on the mountain reminded me of the beach as a kid… my head on the blanket, studying the sand. shot with a detached lens.

Sep 23, 2011

No. 203 - From a shoot in front of a brush fire.

I have to say, sunsets are harsh. High-contrast yellows, oranges, reds… for someone who tends to shoot natural light in storms or fog, it’s not something i’m entirely comfortable shooting or editing. Throw in a raging brush fire? Alright, we’ll adapt.

Racing the sun, we parked and sprinted up this rather steep hill with about 30 lbs of equipment. To get everything in focus and to compensate for the incredible amount of light hitting the sensor, i promptly stopped all the way down to F22 Raptor. An aperture that small blows your depth of field wide open so you’re sure to get some detail in both the foreground & background. It also creates a lovely star burst when you’re pointed directly at the sun, which Siskel and Ebert give two thumbs up.

Additionally, with most of the light coming from behind the model, I had to use a flash fill to expose her face and the forground. Otherwise, we’re just seeing a pretty silhouette.aaaaand… CLICK.

(Fun Fact: I destroyed a brand new an air mattress and tore a foot long rip in my pant leg in the 15 minutes we were on the hill. The air mattress was used for some earlier falling shots. Did i mention it was raining burning embers?)In post, it took a while to find the right colors and treatment for this shot. Turns out the trick was to desaturate the colors a bit, compensate for the high-contrast with some milkier tones, and fight the fire with subtle blues and magentas.

Below is the end result.
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Sep 15, 2011

two souls

the result of a shoot in front of a raging brush fire, sparked by a plane crash that claimed two lives. twelve houses were destroyed as tens of thousands of acres burned over three days.

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Aug 23, 2011

Aug 18, 2011

north of mono lake

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wouldn’t mind this as a backyard…

Aug 11, 2011

Aug 10, 2011

Aug 10, 2011

Jul 1, 2011
weather on the mountain

weather on the mountain

May 5, 2011

aerobatics in a sailplane over hawaii

glider training over the northern coast of Oahu, coincidentally, just above the “others” village and the beach from the first season of Lost. hell of a weekend.

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May 5, 2011

20 badass photos of vintage planes.

good news! the san diego air & space museum just dumped over 100,000 photos into an account on Flickr. here are some highlights: 

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you can see the rest here: 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/

 

Apr 25, 2011

explorations with space: no.7

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taken in nevada at 70mph

Mar 29, 2011

Mar 16, 2011

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