My NASA Adventure


It’s not easy being NASA…

Two generations ago we looked to NASA to put a man on the moon (the Apollo program). Forty five years ago today the world watched as Apollo 11 launched to take Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon. With every Apollo launch there was only one thing on the TV and everyone tuned in.

A generation ago we looked to NASA to send astronauts and payloads into space and return in vehicles which could be reused (the Space Shuttle program). Whenever a shuttle launched it was something so special to see – both in person as well as on TV. As a nation we experienced great tragedy along with amazing triumphs with the Space Shuttle program. To this day the Space Shuttles (on display across the nation) are rock stars that attract fans by the tens of thousands every day.

Today we don’t have an exciting headline grabbing space program that grabs our attention and makes us stand up and take notice. But that isn’t the problem NASA faces.

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My Editing Workflow – an Overview


Today I want to share a quick video that shows the entire workflow I use when editing a picture from my adventures at the National Zoo.

I’ve had a number of people asking about how I process my images so I put together this overview video that takes viewers through my process from start to finish on a single image. I’ll create some follow-up videos that explain how each step in detail. Continue reading

the Garry Winogrand Exhibit


Garry Winogrand New York, c. 1962 The Garry Winogrand Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Near the top of almost any list of the all time greatest photographers you’re certain to see the name: Garry Winogrand. While there’s a chance you may not know his name it often appears on those lists above such famous photographers as Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz. After attending the press preview of a new exhibit of his photography I now know why.

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Martin Luther King, jr. Day


Each year, on the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the birthday of Martin Lugher King, Jr. (his actual birthday is January 15th but we observe his birthday with a federal holiday).

On numerous occasions I’ve visited the Martin Luther King, jr. Memorial in Washington, DC and it’s one of my favorites (especially during the Cherry Blossom Festival). The above picture was taken during the 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival.

My New Travel Tripod


I use a tripod whenever I can to make sure my camera is as steady as can be. Most of the time I use a big tripod made by Manfrotto that has always been my number one go-to tripod. It’s a tripod I’ve owned for close to 10 years now and it show no signs of stopping any time soon. As much as I love my big Manfrotto it is a bit heavy and a little large for when I’m traveling or out for a fun photo walk. In those situations I prefer a smaller and lighter solution for keeping my camera steady. Recently I added a new travel-sized tripod to my gear collection and for this blog post I’ll be sharing some initial thoughts about it.

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the Tuff-Luv DSLR Shoulder Bag


Recently I ordered some new Tuff Luv DSLR Shoulder Bags from my friends at LoveCases. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to carry my gear and this time I was looking for some over-the-shoulder camera bags. I’ve talked at length about my gear bags in the past and I own plenty. I own a ton of photography gear and each job I go on will have different requirements. For big jobs I have big gear bags. For day trips walking around Washington, DC I want to travel light. In the past I’ve used sling style bags but I quickly discovered that they only worked over one shoulder (and after a long day it becomes a little fatiguing when you can’t switch shoulders). I felt it was time to try a shoulder style bag again and the Tuff Luv DSLR Shoulder Bags looked like they were perfect for my needs. In this blog post I’ll be sharing my full review of them.

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the Destination Wedding


On August 10 (2013) I was in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania where I photographed the wedding of Jim and Mary. I spent the day before the wedding scouting the location (inside and out) and I used the wedding rehearsal to make sure I’d be in the best places to get my shots of the ceremony. It was a beautiful wedding and an out of this world location. For this blog post I wanted to share some stories and a few of the images from the wedding. Continue reading

Monuments of Gettysburg


Recently I made a trip to Gettysburg, PA where the famous Civil War Battlefield celebrated the 150th anniversary of the battle that became the turning point in the war. Everywhere I looked I saw incredible Monuments to the brave men who fought here. It’s an amazing place (especially if you’re an American history buff like I am).

On July 1-3, I toured the battlefield and participated in every ranger program I could. After the programs concluded I spent a considerable amount of time walking the battlefields and photographing the many monuments and memorials. In this blog post I’ll share a bunch of the pictures from my battlefield visit (and in future posts I’ll go into more detail about my three day experience).

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the Tuff-Luv E-volve Expedition


One of the coolest things about photography is the gear itself. Professional and hobbyist photographers love to try the latest lenses, the newest super high resolution cameras and the coolest flash equipment. I have a ton of gear and I really enjoy talking with others about what I’m currently using.

But one thing that’s super difficult to figure out is how we’re going to carry our gear. There are all sorts of different sizes and styles of camera bags and I own plenty. I have different bags and cases for almost every situation and I’ve found that no one bag is perfect for everything. Because I’m always on the hunt for better ways to transport my gear I buy new bags all the time. Recently my friends at LoveCases contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out some of their products and sharing my experiences with their customers. For this blog entry I’ll be talking about camera bags in general and I’ll be reviewing the Tuff-Luv E-Volve Expedition backpack.

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Rolling Thunder 2013


This year, on Memorial Day weekend, I traveled into Washington, DC to witness Rolling Thunder 2013. No words or pictures can begin to show how incredible it was. I’m a big supporter of veterans and I’m fortunate to know so many men and women who are serving or have served in my nations military. The 2013 Rolling Thunder was the 26th running of the event and if you talk with any of the veterans they’ll be quick to tell you: “This is a demonstration, NOT a parade.”

Each year hundreds of thousands of veterans and their motorcycles travel to Washington, DC to participate in this Memorial Day tradition. For this blog post I’ll be sharing my Rolling Thunder story along with some images I captured at this years event (and a few facts I learned along the way).

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