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New Construction

Hopkins Belize

It’s always funny visiting these remote little towns that you get to by trains, planes and automobiles and finding brand new construction. You feel like you are traveling to an uncharted part of the world only to discover Homedepot beat you to it! The house you see here is in the little town of Hopkins Belize. It’s a duplex listed at $800,000. No kidding.

Photographer’s Note – This is a single image processed in LR4. At night, I usually only need a single exposure. I normally over expose my image a bit, then pull back my highlights in LR. Next, I stylize it with Nik CEP 4. I wish I had the patience to Photoshop out the newer construction to the left…but I don’t. Hope you don’t mind!

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Carlsbad Cavern Elevators

This was a fun shot. After I set up the shot, I had my wife and friends spin around in revolving door while I jumped into the scene and stayed still. To me, this image is a reminder that photography should be fun and you shouldn’t really concern yourself with what other people think. If you get caught up in producing the best photo, you might miss out on some fun ones.

Dave Black

Dave Black Lightpainting Workshop

There is a long story behind this image, a story that goes back nearly 15 years. Dave Black, one of the greatest sports photographers of all time, became a hero of mine way back when. I’ve studied his work with creative lighting for over a decade. So, when I happened to run into him in the small town of Cisco Colorado, I was surprised to say the least. We chatted for a bit, shot some photos and that was about it. Well, until the next night I ran into him here at delicate arch. I won’t tell you how I got down here, but Dave refereed to me as ‘The Fearless Leader’. Anyway, he was conducting a light-painting workshop (he’s the guy holding the light up top) and invited all my buddies from the #nXn20123 trip to join in We all sat back and had a great time as the most legendary light-painter did his thing. I guess this lesson here is, always be nice and respectful. The world is a staggeringly small place and it’s important to fill it with positive energy. You just never know how you might meet out there, so open yourself to new adventure and meeting new people.

The Great Wide Open

Pawnee Grasslands

If this isn’t what Tom Petty was talking about, I don’t know what is? Yes, still an adventure into Americana with the Nikon 18-200…well, that and an iPhone. I shared some thoughts about the creative process as it relates to the adventures on the plains over at Big World Little Lens if you’re interested.

Photographer’s Note – This is a single image brought to life using Lightroom 4. Has anyone upgraded to LR5 yet?

The Herd

Cattle Ranch

The #RoadTrip continues, more important so does the adventure with a non-pro Craig’s List lens. I’ve stated before that the Nikon 18-200 is one of my all time favorite lenses. This image is a good example of why. Had I been bothered with lens decisions and heavy gear, I might have missed this opportunity that mother nature presented. Again, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on glass. Just find a system you are comfortable with and have fun. By comfortable, I mean you know how to use it (so the technology doesn’t get in the way of your creative muse) and it’s not a burden to carry around. That being said…I’m really interested in the new Fuji X system along with the 55-200. For the focal ranges I primarily shoot, the Fuji system would be 1/2 the weight of my current Nikon travel kit. For me, that’s a BIG DEAL! More on that later.