Last weekend I joined a group of friends for a camping trip on the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, NV. I actually Katiegrew up there and hadn’t been back in about 4 years, so when Katie and Scott asked me to do some formal wedding portraits of them, I immediately said "we should go to the playa!" BTW, I’ve never shot a wedding in my life!

It was a great time! A few of us stayed up all night BSing and watching the amazing sky (you can see the band of the milky way perfectly as the nearest city is about 100 mi away)! We were up early for the sunrise and I got some pretty good stuff, although I still need to edit a bunch. The one caveat of the trip was that I lost a 2GB memory card with some pretty damn good photos on there. Luckily, none of them were wedding portraits.

Specs: Nikon D300, Cheap Tokina 28-70mm 2.8 lens, Quantum Q-flash through Westcott Halo. Bride only photo has 2x SB-800s for rim.





Scott and Katie

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Here are some watches I recently shot for a client who sells on ebay. He specifically asked for photos that were realistic looking but professional *whatever that means*. I used my two studio heads with large softboxes and combined with my sb800 to shoot most of these.

The Navitimer is worth something like $4000. The other two watches were worth around a grand each.

Breitling Navitimer World Watch Chrono

Breitling watch

Ferrari Watch

Breitling Navitimer World Watch Chrono

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Solitary Confinement

April 8, 2008 | Category: Photography | 2 Comments

This was only visible sign of life that we found during our expedition inside the multiple mile long wooden flume near Reno, NV. Fielding, Nick, Tony and I spend hours exploring and photographing this amazing find!

The flume turned out to be a fairly dangerous place as one of the photographers in our group almost fell through the rotten, wooden floor. We could see light coming through the floor in places. The flume runs about 15-20 feet above the ground, so falling through would not have been too fun.

Solitary ConfinementFielding placing the strobe

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Flora’s echo

March 31, 2008 | Category: Photography | Comments Off on Flora’s echo

  I finally got my new camera on Monday and I’ve been really itching to shoot something, so I decided to play around with some flowers.

Orange on Silver

White on Black

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February 3, 2008 | Category: Nocturnal Photography, Photography | Comments Off on Escape

More photos, less words…



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Night and Day

January 27, 2008 | Category: Photography | Comments Off on Night and Day

One from tonight…

Night and Day

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No more 4×5 for me

January 21, 2008 | Category: Lighting, Photography | 3 Comments

Last night I made the tough realization that I need to sell off ALL of my 4×5 stuff 🙁 I just haven’t been doing any large format stuff lately and being a starving 24 year old that basically eats crap for camera equipment, I’ve decided to cut down my kit. Plus the cost for 4×5 e6 development is like $2-$3 a shot!

And since I converted my darkroom into a digital printing/matting room/office, I figured I’d ditch film all together.

In preparation for the online auctions I’ll be putting together, I did some nice product shots of the equipment. Below is my 180mm APO Rodenstock lens.


Rodenstock APO-Sironar-N 180mm f/5.6


Here is the setup:

The Setup

Basically, I’ve got two strobes through softboxes on either side of the lens, which is sitting on a clear piece of glass I borrowed from a frame. The glass is on top of black velvet. To give a really nice clean specular, I placed some foamcore behind the lens and shot a speedlight into it.

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Portrait in a graveyard

October 28, 2007 | Category: Photography | Comments Off on Portrait in a graveyard

Here is the first of many shots I plan to post from the Arizona strobist meetup. Fielding and I drove over 700 miles, slept a total of about 8 hours in almost 3 days and took hundreds of photos with almost 30 other photographers and 7 models at the event. It was a blast and good use of my vacation time.

Brianna Tombstone
This was a shoot right at sunrise in the graveyard with Brianna.

Brianna The Setup


Here are a couple from the sunset later on…

Sunset Couple Sunset Couple 2

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Zero minutes to midnight

October 27, 2007 | Category: Photography | Comments Off on Zero minutes to midnight

Here are a few from a series I’ve been working on…

Life as We Know It

New Education




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Fear, Pinup calendars and camera repair: a month of shooting

October 15, 2007 | Category: Photography | Comments Off on Fear, Pinup calendars and camera repair: a month of shooting

Its been about a month since I’ve posted anything and I haven’t really been doing much shooting. I did a product shoot for a local camera repair shop, I’ve been working on a pinup calendar for the last 4 weekends with my buddy Fielding (our first real job for our new business) and I’ve finally picked up some studio lighting giving me a reason to shoot a gas mask I’ve been meaning to use in a photo. (I have big plans for a set of those masks) (I really like parenthesis) (oh ya, I forgot to add a period to the end of that last sentence) (.)

Fear: a self portrait  Pinup girl for a calender


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Lonely Night

Some technical notes:

First photo: Nikon D200 @ 24mm, f22, a single interfit 600ws strobe at 1/32 very close with reflector dish, self port hand held

Second photo: (I think Fielding was shooting, we both set up lighting and took turns shooting, we also worked with hair and makeup artists):Nikon D2x, 28-70, f/8, interfit 600ws w/large octobank high and to camera right with a diffusion screen just in front of the octo, a shoot through umbrella to camera left, silver umbrella for background and snooted hair light on opposites behind

Third photo: Composed of 3 exposures: 1) lens off, casing on. 2) casing carefully removed. 3) lens mounted with casing removed. Camera was placed on a piece of glass with white paper underneath and lit with 3 diffused lights (one directly above and 2 on either side). Shot with a Nikon d50 and a 55mm micro (my ebay camera at work).

Fourth photo: A shot from a solo overnight trip to mono lake. It figures this was my favorite shot from the trip (not landscapes of the lake) Nikon D200, 12-24, 15-20 seconds

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