Featured Image of the Week – 9/15/2014


“a Star Spangled Banner”

For this weeks Featured Image of the Week I went back to find a shot from my 2013 visit to Baltimore, Maryland. While I was in Baltimore I took in a baseball game, toured the famous Inner Harbor area and I also made a stop at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. It was this fort that gave birth to the American National Anthem 200 years ago (yesterday) during the War of 1812 and it was a really awesome place to see.

For this Featured Image I’ll share a few tips about travel photography and include a few more images from my adventure to see where the Star Spangled Banner was born.

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Camera Rain Covers


A few days ago my Featured Image of the Week featured a shot I captured at the National Zoo in the rain. In the article that accompanied the shot I talked about how I like to continue shooting when the weather is less than perfect. I’ve worked for years as an event photographer and if it starts to rain and the show goes on I still have to deliver pictures. I’ve used a number of accessories over the years to make sure I can keep working no matter what the conditions and Rain Sleeves are a super inexpensive way to keep shooting even when it starts raining.

For this article I’ll be sharing my thoughts about the four Rain Sleeves I own.

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Featured Image of the Week – 9/8/2014


“A Tiger in the Rain”

This week’s featured image of the week is a shot from a while back that I took of a Sumatran Tiger at the National Zoo (in Washington, DC). The reason I chose this shot for my featured image this week is because I just learned that this shot will be one of the featured images in the Plus One Collection Volume III.

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Featured Image of the Week – 9/1/2014


“Lincoln Memorial”

This week’s Featured Image of the Week is a shot of the statue inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The final image is a result of capturing three images at the memorial (a bracketed set) and using Lightroom, Photoshop and onOne Perfect Effects to create my final image.

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Featured Image of the Week – 8/25/2014


“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Night”

This weeks Featured Image of the week is a brand new shot for me. I was on a DC Trolly Tour Friday night when we made a stop close to the FDR Memorial. I took a short walk over to the MLK, Jr. Memorial with about 10 minutes to shoot before the Trolly departed to continue the tour. I only grabbed a few long exposure shots in the time I had and this was my favorite shot I captured.

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Featured Image of the Week – 8/18/2014


“the Washington, DC War Memorial”

For this weeks featured image of the week I chose one of my night time shots from Washington, DC. This is one of the less popular memorials but it’s not far from the MLK, Jr., Lincoln and World War II memorials so it can be a perfect place for some night photography.

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Ruggard Triumph 55 Sling Bag


For a little over three months I’ve been trying out a new Sling Bag style camera bag from Ruggard called the Triumph 55. Because I sometimes photograph local new and special events (think: “photo journalism”) I was in the market for something that was comfortable, held the all of the gear I’d need on an assignment and had plenty of great features. When I started looking for a bag for my journalism work I decided to look into backpacks and slings because I knew that walking to a location was a huge part of the job (I often use public transportation to get to news scenes in the Washington, DC area). In the beginning money wasn’t a factor because I really wanted to find something that was comfortable.

I own a number of Ruggard products (available exclusively at B&H Photo) including a bunch of tripod/lightstand bags and I’ve always been impressed by their flexibility, durability and their affordability. Because I’ve had good luck with my Ruggard light stand bags I decided to give their sling bags and backpacks a look. It turns out the slick Triumph series of sling bags were perfect for what I needed.

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Featured Image of the Week – 8/11/2014


Today I’m starting something brand new. Each Monday I’ll go through my catalog of images and I’ll pick one I like and I’ll share something about the image. It could be a story behind the image, some info about the gear I used, a technique that made the shot possible or I might talk about how I processed the shot. Here’s my very first featured image of the week:

“Two Lion Cubs”

This weeks featured image is from the Big Cat exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

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