A Year Through the Lens – 2014

I wanted to combine my favorite photos that I captured of the year into one single place. I like to take a step back at the end of every December and scroll through the past 12 months of photography that I’ve had the pleasure of capturing and reflect on my work. I learn a lot about things I learned and challenges I’ve overcome. Here are my personal favorite photos of 2014 in no particular order. “Walking on a dream” Walking on a dream is a photo that combines different interests for me. My love for photography, my love for adventure and the difficulties that I run into with both of these. This photo was taken on Mt Shasta this past spring. My brother Jonathan was in the training stages to becoming a mountain guide for Shasta Mountain Guides. He’s in the front in yellow and our climbing partner Tracy is behind him. This was our third time together attempting a summit bid on Shasta. I didn’t know it at the time but I would be lugging 10lbs of camera gear for this single photo. When we were leaving the trail-head at 11pm I chose to bring my camera thinking I would document the trip like I had in the past. This round was a bit different though. We were doing the entire hike in a day, rather than two days. So we were pushing our limits in terms of physical strength and focus. I was at least. This image took a few tries. I lit the subjects up with my headlamp and used my backpack like a tripod. It was so windy and cold that I only had a few tries to get this right. Our body temperatures were dropping, my hands were getting cold and all of our sweat was beginning to freeze before we knew it. I set the camera up for a 2 second delay, 25... View More »

My Photos In Your Room

Do you wonder what a room looks like with my aluminum prints in them? Well here’s your chance to take a look at a few different setups. All of my photos are extraordinarily vibrant and the depth of the coating gives them a luminous quality that no paper or canvas print can achieve. My prints are not only scratch-resistant, they are also waterproof. This makes them ideal for hanging in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where paper prints would be susceptible to water damage. As you can see, there is a perfect fit for any location. My dye infused aluminum photography can be purchased in my shop or click any of the photos and you will be taken directly to that photo in my... View More »

ABGT100 At Madison Sq Garden, New York.

My “real” job is the Media Director for Force 12 Media.com. Last month I was in New York City shooting another web series: Inside The Team Room for our viewers. I had the opportunity to stroll around the city on my off time and wanted to capture a specific photo I had in my head. This photo was of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side, but NOT under or around the Brooklyn Bridge like I had shot last year. My friend Charlie and I made our way over one night for sunset found ourselves on the Manhattan Bridge just as the sun was setting with beers in hand. This was a success in my book regardless of the outcome of the photos. I also connected with a friend of mine who’s a producer at Sirius XM Radio and requested a little tour around the studio. Two of my friends were in town for Above and Beyond’s ABGT100. Naturally we were really excited to be standing in the same studio that so many talented artists have also stood and performed in. We unfortunately missed Above and Beyond’s live broadcast by just a few hours… Luckily their performance was filled with memories at Madison Sq Garden. Here are some photos from the... View More »

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 »

Rotation of Activities

Lake Tahoe is known for tons of things. The lake, the beaches, the snow, the mountain biking, hiking all the tourist attractions…the list goes on forever. One thing that doesn’t change is the type of “locals” that Tahoe or any mountain town for that matter. High active and high risk adrenaline junkies are the norm. If you came from any non mountain town you were likely the “cool guy” because you did all the active lifestyle things that brought you to Tahoe. Here, your just normal, if not low on this scale. I’m guilty. Here’s a guy I met a few years ago who some might consider normal. Little do many know, this guy rips on anything he stands on. He grew up surfing in Hawaii and relocated to Lake Tahoe for obvious reasons. Now he spends half the year surfing in Central America and the other half he spends snowboarding in Tahoe. This is the type of people you run into in places like this. They rotate their life and rotate their activities to keep them happy. Here you’ll see someone pull a $5,600 bike out of their $1,200 Subaru that needs a new headgasket…or a $15,000 snowmobile out of their $3,000 two wheel drive truck. Activities are the number one priority in Lake Tahoe. Dream life? I think so, perhaps I’ll join soon… Here’s a Tahoe Local, Conner Wagner rotating his activities with his location and catching a few waves on a windy day in Lake Tahoe. The smoke in the background is from the King... View More »

Insomniac’s Beyond Wonderland, Bay Area

This was my first time shooting an Insomniac event. I’ve been regularly attending their festivals and managed to get my media credentials for this, special thanks to Dan Dunn. Being backstage and in the pits at an event this large is an entirely different experience. My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of meeting our favorite SiriusXM’s hosts, a few different artists, and reconnected with several Insomniac employees we met at Burning Man. Here are a few from the weekend. San Francisco, aerial photography San Francisco San Francisco The new bay bridge San Francisco Giants stadium San Francisco aerial photography Metal Print with Black Shadow Frame Metal Print with Frame Metal Print with Hanger Metal Print Only Metal Print... View More »

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