Website Portfolio Update

October 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

New front page image for website

I’ve finally got around to uploading some more images to my website. Most of the images are from relatively recent projects but a few are from projects that I photographed over two years ago but have been kept in the dark due to publication embargoes. I’ve added a bunch to the “residential” section of the website and a few to the “commercial” section as well. Winter weather (ie: rain) is in full effect here in Seattle but I’ve still got a small handful of very cool projects coming up before the year is out (some located in warmer/sunnier climes) so hopefully I can add a few more to the site before the New Year.

I was experimenting with other images for the front splash page of the website but I have gotten so much positive feedback regarding the floating home image that it will stay up on the front for now. It’s definitely one of my fav’s….

Exploring Dynamic Range: Part 1

February 26th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

It’s time for a gear-centric tech geek post about the camera’s ability to capture “dynamic range.” For my purposes I simply define dynamic range as the range of luminance values in a scene and the camera’s ability to capture those values. Dynamic range is of particular importance to architectural and interior photographers because we shoot under conditions where a single scene may have a large range of luminance values from dark shadow areas to bright sunlit sky.

There is certainly no dearth of technical discussion on the internet regarding camera sensors and dynamic range but many such discussions tend to become so far removed from the practicalities of real world image making that they cease to become useful. I am only interested in the subject of dynamic range in so far as evaluating cameras and techniques that may enable me to create the images that I want to create. I could care less about stops, charts, plots, graphs, bits and bytes.

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Hello Video

November 18th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Look what arrived on the doorstep of Aaron Leitz Photography International Headquarters this afternoon:

What have I gotten myself in to? ;-) …..

Blog Theme

October 26th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been messing around with the blog the past few days trying to get a look that I like and have settled on WordPress’ “Oulipo” theme for now. I like the fonts and the layout. I was really jazzed on some Graph Paper Press themes but it’s going to take some work and lots of help from the brother-in-law to configure and get it all working.

I also kinda like “Wu Wei” and may switch to that in the next few hours. It’s not as elegant as “Oulipo” but it does allow for viewing images larger than 460 pixels. Decisions decisions!

Polaroids and Road Trips

July 7th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Because the film is so darn expensive (I’ve seen single 10 exposure packs go for $35 on ebay), my trusty powder blue Polaroid ONE600 gets taken out only for special occasions. The most recent: My best bud’s bachelor party in the desert. There’s just something about a photograph taken on expired Polaroid film…

Save for a short reconnaissance hike, strenuous physical activity was kept to a minimum in favor of feats of mental skill and stamina such as bocce ball and shooting empty beer cans with BB guns.

The Nikon D300 did make an appearance on the last evening for a 30 second group shot:

Film and Digital (part 1)

March 17th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Though I shoot digital pretty much 100% of the time professionally, I do shoot a little bit of film every now and again. Last year I brought along my Mamiya 645AFD to a few interior shoots and when I had the time, I snapped a few frames of Kodak Portra 160NC to compare with the Nikon D3x. Below is a bedroom scene shot with both cameras:

Kodak Portra 160NC on Mamiya 645AFD

Nikon D3x

Obviously there are differences in the two images as this was a casual “test.”… Continue Reading…

The Photographer's Ephemeris

March 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a fantastic little application that provides a wealth of useful data for photographers about the sun and moon.

Simply enter your location and the program gives you a ton of information including sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moon phases, and when and where it’s all going to happen relative to your location and time of day. As an architectural photographer, knowing where the sun is going to be at any given time of day is extremely important.

The application uses Google Maps so a precise location can be pinpointed and the whole thing is very easy to understand and visually oriented so that you don’t have to be an astronomer to figure out what’s going on (good for us photographers!).

Word is that there’s an iPhone App coming soon…

Wranglers are my next pair of jeans

February 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

It’s that time of year when the internet is abuzz with rumors and hype about the latest and greatest cameras soon to be released. Megapixels, ISO, file formats, anti aliasing filters, sensor sizes, micro contrast et cetera et cetera. It’s easy to get caught up in all the gadgetry and technical crap and forget what the whole point is.

Great Imagery. Creativity. Images that make people go “Wow!”. I have been impressed with Wrangler’s recent ad campaigns. It was pretty ballsy of them to hire Ryan McGinley to shoot their “We Are Animals” print campaign.

And then I saw the website for their Blue Bell Spring/Summer 2010 Collection.

Totally Awesome. I’m showing my support of creative advertising by buying a pair of Wrangler jeans. I also try and order Dos Equis whenever I’m in a Mexican restaurant. ;-)

The Pogoplug

January 27th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Wow! It’s like a network attached storage device for the rest of us….

All you do is connect this thing to your internet router, plug in a usb drive and you can now access that drive over the internet anywhere in the world or over your home network at LAN speeds. You can upload, download and share files from any computer, even your iphone. And it’s only $129 with no monthly fees.

I think I’m gonna have to get one here!

New Hard Drive Set-Up

January 25th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Last week (on my birthday no less) one of my primary image storage hard drives conked out on me. It was working fine and then all of a sudden it started making this excruciatingly high pitched whining noise which slowly got deeper and deeper until it sounded like someone had put sand inside the drive. Of course, I was in the middle of working on some images and it had been a few hours since I had done a manual back-up of the edits.

New drives ready to go...

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