Grad school
Brad and Andrea
Brad and Andrea

I recently drove from Arizona to Minnesota, by way of Ohio. Long story as to why I drove, but the point of this part of the story is that I stopped along the way in Memphis, Tennessee, to visit my grad-school classmates Andrea Morales and Brad Vest. They introduced me to Bryant’s, and I gave […]

Sound trigger revisited
Sound trigger revisited

I started this project about exactly five years ago, back in graduate school. I was in a class on “Small Systems Lighting”, learning to use small on-camera strobes in our photography. One assignment was to “stop motion” using flash. Somebody running by, frozen by the strobe, something like that. Naturally I took it to an […]

More toys for the gear geek
More toys for the gear geek

I’ve been looking at a lot of portraiture lately and noticing that much of what I like was shot on a 4×5 camera. It inspired me to work more with my 4×5 view camera, for one, but that’s not nearly as much fun as buying a new camera altogether. The idea was that with the […]

Cyanotypes
Cyanotypes

A couple of months ago I was shopping in a Hobby Lobby for supplies to make my photography portfolio when I came across a package of Sunart paper. I clearly remember having those blueish sheets when I was a kid, and now I was interested to note that this was more than just a childhood […]

Fun with spray paint
Fun with spray paint

A while ago I got the urge to spray paint everything in my sent the same color and make some photographs, just playing with the shapes, colors, and shadows. I made a set with cupcakes back around Valentines Day, then I decided recently to expand the series. It was a lot of fun to run […]

Focusing on scuba diving cupcakes
Focusing on scuba diving cupcakes

A recent speaker was giving a talk about SEO and how important blogs are to improving it. Made me think “I wonder if my blog shows up in search results at all (i.e., is it even being indexed)?” I decided to Google two words that came to mind which would be on my blog and, […]

Certified! (SCUBA, not crazy)(perhaps both)
Certified! (SCUBA, not crazy)(perhaps both)

I’ve wanted to learn to SCUBA dive for a long time. I figured I’d just go on a vacation to Sharm el Sheikh or something (that was much more feasible when living back in Amsterdam) and do a short course to get certified. Boy am I glad I didn’t do that. As the OU SCUBA […]

The Flying Saucer Music Video

BTS.The Flying Saucer Song from Tim Jackson Films Library on Vimeo. A while back I worked as the still photographer on the set of a film being shot by one of the School of Film students here at Ohio University. Riley Gibson, one of the crew members on that film, had the chance to work […]

Tiffany’s pearls, Cupid’s cupcakes, Tinfoil portraits
Tiffany's pearls, Cupid's cupcakes, Tinfoil portraits

The most recent still life assignments were to collaborate with a design student to create a magazine cover or two-page spread. One of my designers wanted to do something with Valentine’s Day and cupcakes, and, as you’ll see, I’m on something of a monochromatic kick at the moment, so I wanted to paint everything red. […]

New Straitsville, Ohio
New Straitsville, Ohio

I accompanied my friend Rebecca to New Straitsville, Ohio, for a look-see and some tasty diner food. Rebecca is covering the village for her current photojournalism class and wanted to take some photographs with my 4×5 film camera, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to get out of Athens and explore the […]

First shots from the 4×5
First shots from the 4x5

Towards the end of the fall quarter I got to thinking about using a large format camera over the break, just for fun mainly. While I was in Wyoming I saw several photographers working with 4×5 and 8×10 cameras and saw the resulting prints, which were pretty impressive. During a class discussion last year the […]

Day trip to the Hocking Hills
Day trip to the Hocking Hills

Friend and fellow grad student Rebecca Miller and I went headed to the hills to get some fresh air and photos. Got a late start, so only really had time to walk around Ash Cave and Cedar Falls. We’ll have to go back to check out Old Man’s Cave.   After freezing and sniffling around […]

Out of Focus
Out of Focus

About midway through the quarter I changed some settings on my camera so that focusing and tripping the shutter are assigned to two separate buttons. This requires one first to push the focus button (with one’s thumb) and then shoot (with the traditional index finger). All the cool kids are doing it. This is, however, […]

Dawn to Dusk 2010
Dawn to Dusk 2010

My Dawn2Dusk 2010: Intro Piece. Once again 6am on the morning of Viscom’s Dawn2Dusk project found me sitting on the corner of Court and State Streets in Athens, Ohio, shooting timelapse photos. This time, though, I mixed it up a little with some video which I then used to create a composite piece to be […]

Mark and Scott go to the Cabin
Mark and Scott go to the Cabin

Over Spring Break my friend and commercial photography grad school classmate Scott Marx and I headed up to the cabin for a few days of good food, wine, and shootin’ stuff. Fortunately Scott took care of provisions, so the food and drink was top-notch. Some of the finest dining the cabin has seen. As for […]

Pumpkin Show, iMac guts, and more fashion drama
Pumpkin Show, iMac guts, and more fashion drama

AMotD (Awesome Moment of the Day) Re-assembling a lab iMac and it didn’t go “bloop!” and let off a small cloud of smoke. Current main project: One Minute of Video and FASHION: glamour Had a mild panic attack during class Wednesday as yet another assignment was handed out and I realized I’m fairly well screwed […]

Tryin’ to get from A to B can be tough
Tryin' to get from A to B can be tough

AMotD (Awesome Moment of the Day) Today was as good as yesterday was cruddy – tough to pick. Current main project: Publication Design, Fashion shoot, and picking final project ideas. Had a pretty great evening. Started off after work by helping one of the other students get some photos for her web design project. Actually […]

Yahoo’s sense of humor (?), setting up camp, grades
Yahoo's sense of humor (?), setting up camp, grades

AMotD (Awesome Moment of the Day) Umm… still waiting for it. Current main project: First video shoot, publication design project Aside from the ad Yahoo served up this morning with my email (see below), today got off to a decent start. Managed to get to the printer in time to run off some not-terrible prints […]

Assignments Round 3: featuring Gary the Luthier
Assignments Round 3: featuring Gary the Luthier

AMotD (Awesome Moment of the Day) Finishing the biggest project of the year (so far) Current main project: Getting home and getting more than 4 hours sleep. As usual it’s late and I’m not done and I want to get to bed, but the software is crunching the numbers to render my file, so I […]

Grad Student Evicted!
Grad Student Evicted!

HALLMARK ATHENS STUDENT HOUSING, LLC, PLAINTIFF: I’ve been served with an eviction notice for failure to pay rent. I don’t have time to fully explain how pissed off I am, but here’s a summary: rent is due on the 1st of the month (and not “before”, either). I handed a check to one of the […]

The first assignments are due
The first assignments are due

  AMotD (Awesome Moment of the Day) Going to bed before 3 am. Current main project: NOTHING… for a few hours [Note: in case you haven’t noticed, my recent posts have not been travel related. If you’re just reading to see pics from around the world as I travel, you may want to unsubscribe. Otherwise, […]

Audio Video Class, and The Decisive Moment
Audio Video Class, and The Decisive Moment

AMotD (Awesome Moment of the Day) Hearing my voice being recorded through a decent microphone. Or maybe it was the first bite of a great Chipotle burrito. Current main project: Trying to keep my head above water. Reading: The Decisive Moment, Henri Cartier-Bresson I am getting the feeling that the classes I most feared and/or […]

Graduate School, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Graduate School, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Start location: Athens, Ohio [umap id=”40866″ tp=”6″ size=”t” alignment=”right”] Avg. altitude: 719 ft Min temp: Max temp: Damn hot, and humid I’m not still in Peru. For various reasons I stopped updating the journal (obviously) but not traveling and moving around. After leaving Cajamarca we flew via Lima to Cuzco and stayed in that area […]