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French Women

Frech Woman Riding Bike

Not to sound creepy, but I shot this image with my camera hanging around my neck and a shutter release cable running down my sleeve. Hmm, on second thought…that sounds pretty creepy. I made a lot of photos using this technique in Bordeaux that day. I read about the technique from a great street photographer so I decided to give it a try on a walk between my hotel and the Saint-Andre Cathedral. I thought it worked out pretty good. Something you might not have considered is that it provided a unique perspective because the camera was about a foot and a half lower than eye level.

Photographer’s Note – In terms of processing, this image is a single photo processed in LR4. The B&W conversion along with the selective coloring was all done within NIK SEP 2.

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable new year. This is one of those image, that having grown up in the states, just fuels my calling for travel. I shot this image from the hallway of a tiny little hotel in Bordeaux, France. I’m pretty sure I could travel this great nation, and never find a scene like this from any hotel windows, let alone an open window without glass. I can feel the wanderlust kicking in……next stop!

Here’s the original image prior to the magic of Silver Efex Pro 2…

Book Club Winners

Speaking of Silver Efex Pro, we have some prizes to give away. I hope you have enjoyed this year’s book club! eBooks are amazing and the future of publishing, so make sure to keep on reading! They’re not only inexpensive and full of great stuff, they support the artists that publish them.

Also, a BIG THANKS to the sponsors! Please email, tweet, and recommend these companies to your friends. Without them this would not have been possible. These are the companies that support our creativity, so please do your best to support them!

Drum roll please……

  • Mel – Won the entire C&V collection!
  • Pam – Won the ThinkTank Photo Retrospective 5
  • Scott – Won the entire Nik Collection
  • Ryan – Won 3 eBooks from C&V, a copy of my new upcoming book, and a 8×12 print of his choice…
  • Robert – Won 3 eBooks, a copy of my new upcoming book, and a 8×12 print of his choice…

Thanks again everyone, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

The Tour de France!

I hope you all had a great weekend! I was busy trying to get my gallery online to make it easier for you to buy a print if you see something you like. I’ll get to that later this week. For now… is that time of year again! I’m not much of a football guy, but it’s basically like watching the Superbowl ever yday for 3 weeks in July.

Today’s Photo is of Levi Leipheimer in the final time trial of the 2010 TDF. He is competing in this year’s tour, but because he was hit by a car earlier this season, his form is suffering. I hope he does well in today’s time trial, he’s a nice guy and I’d like to see him succeed.

Here is a movie I shot while visiting the Tour in 2010. You might have seen it, but I break it out every year around this time!

The Quiet Streets of Saint-Lary-Soulan

Streets of France

It’s no secret that I take cameras everywhere I go. Even when I’m out and about on a bike ride, I have one tucked away in my jersey pocket. You just never know. Before the iPhone I went through an embarrassing amount of digital P&S cameras. I shot this image, while riding through the quiet French town of Saint-Lary-Soulan, with a Canon G11…boy was that thing bulky. The last couple of years it has been all iPhone. I think it’s pretty cool that my camera also serves as a jukebox and GPS.

Quick question for everyone…have you completely replaced your digital P&S with your iPhone or do you still find value in them? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

Wandering Is The Only Way

One afternoon I found myself wandering through the streets of a little town in France. For hours, I made my way from cafe to cafe. It was a beautiful sunny day and the people were very nice. Along the way, I photographed this.