Posted on January 14, 2014
This is a beautiful bird of paradise seen in San Diego. I adore the crisp focus on the water droplets hanging off the leaves (dew droplets actually), and the soft background that brings the flower right out of the photo. The morning light is so natural and comforting too. This would be beautiful in a 20×30 framed print in an entry way or beach house.
Carl Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro-Planar ZE lens mounted on a Canon 5DIII camera.
Posted on January 7, 2014
A huge group of at least 50 people were gathered together in a dirt pit off to the side of a random path through Central Park. One guy looked like he was presiding over the event with a huge American flag, and everyone else was participating in this crazy group wrestling match with a set of rules that none of the spectators could understand. I shot at least 250 photos of the event because it was so fascinating, and this is one of my favorite shots. I love New York for things like this.
Canon 135mm f2 lens shot at f/2. Canon 5D Mark III camera.
Posted on December 31, 2013
Taken with a Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro Planar lens, which produces the most beautiful bokeh of any lens I’ve ever used… backgrounds are incredibly soft with a very smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas.
Posted on December 30, 2013
Taken with a Carl Zeiss 100mm Makro Planar EF-mount lens at f/5.6.
Posted on December 19, 2013
This is a very trippy rendition of what it feels like to have that kind of night. As you all know by now, I love photos that convey feelings and this one does it better than just about any other photo in my collection. ‘wild night’ would look amazing as a large floating canvas print. I used a technique called photo layering for this, but I did it all in-camera which worked out really great. I still have an awful lot to learn about layering, but I’ll have more on that later in the ‘experiences‘ section for those of you who are interested.
The image is a combination of three individual exposures taken at the same time while I physically move the camera over my subject. I used a Canon 1DX and the very painterly Zeiss 50mm f1.4, which is the perfect artistic lens for shots like this. You can’t accomplish this kind of effect with a lens known for it’s sharpness and clarity like the Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro. You need lenses that render their images more like paint brushes, and the Zeiss 50mm/1.4 and the Zeiss 28mm/2 are two of my favorites when it comes to artistic rendering. Both of these lenses take some severe beatings in online review forums for their lack of sharpness, but that’s just not what they’re made for. Every artist needs to know the tools in his toolkit.
Posted on December 17, 2013
Posted on December 15, 2013