Blood Moon – Lake Tahoe

I was asked to teach a night photography lesson and chose to do so on this years second blood moon in Lake Tahoe. I got invited to shoot with a friend, mentor and all around good guy Abe Blair. We went to a location I’ve shot at plenty of times before so I was ready to go with everything I had planned out. Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe was our foreground subject of choice. I really like the water and surrounding rocks that help almost any composition in this location. I chose to shoot Bonsai Rock from a more southerly facing aspect so I could get the moon traveling down from top left to bottom right. This is the direction the moon travels this time of year. I used a several methods to figure out roughly where the moon would be over time. The Apple IPhone app “Sky Walk” was recommended to me by a fellow friend and photographer Justin he has been a big inspiration and mentor to me, especially with night photography, and the app worked wonderfully for me. I really enjoyed shooting this composite image all night because it was a combination of many different aspects of photography for me. A lot of being in the right place at the right time, planning out the shot, and a decent amount of behind the computer work to get it all right. I also was able to take a step back and think about the entire process while explaining how everything works to my student. Breaking down the entire process and explaining how everything works really solidified my though process and was a great learning tool for me. I would like to do more lessons and guided tours like this in the future.... View More »

Burning Man is like nothing I’ve ever experienced

Burning Man is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I’ve attend EDC, an annual 110k person party in Las Vegas. I’ve traveled to Belgium to rage at Tomorrowland, a 15 stage global music festival. I’ve partied in the wild streets of Bangkok, Thailand. I’ve shuffled at club Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain…. … yet still, none of these events compare to Burning Man. Burning Man is everything you want it to be and more. You create the experience. You choose which activity to join, or which art piece to interact with, or whom to mingle with. The book of activities are vast and creative to say the least, ranging from morning yoga lessons to afternoon tantric sex methodology sessions. The playa is decorated with interactive art installations – there is more art there than you can fathom! There are streets lined with endless bars less than 100 feet from each other. Your cup can always be filled, your stomach always full! No one goes thirsty nor hungry in this place. Burning Man operates on a gifting economy, which is often confused with a “bartering” system. A gift doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive, a genuine hug can be exchanged as means of gifting gratitude. I carried a Polaroid camera and gifted instant photos to whomever I crossed paths with. Friends gifted: wine, brownies, gemstones, lavender scented potpourri bags, candy, and more. The only items that require money in this community are ice and coffee, everything else is essentially gifted and free of charge. Burning Man is 100% judgment free, The best part about Burning Man is that it’s filled with 70k like-minded people who all journey into the middle of the desert to create a city that is unlike any other. They travel from all over the world to end up in Black Rock City, Nevada and endure the harshest weather conditions the desert provides. This art “festival” isn’t something you attend to simply observe as a viewer. Everyone is encouraged to participate through their self expression, but nothing is required of course. Participation includes: wearing funky... View More »