A Bit Of Photoshop Humor....

/ 25 March, 2015 /

I caught this little gem on Pratik Naik's Facebook page which he got from Akshar Pathak.  I haven't posted anything in a while even though I've got a number of magazines that just came out at once! More on that later!

For now, for every photographer, designer, or creative who works in photoshop....I know you've felt this pain.

Voted 2014 Blade Photographer of the Year by ONE Magazine

/ 30 December, 2014 /

Things have been quiet this past holiday and I've been away from social media.  Pop on today and a few congratulations...on what? I was so confused.  Only to get a link to ONE Magazine's website and I see this! Guess I've had a busy year when my peers and contributors to the magazine voted me 2014 Blade Photographer of the Year.  So how to celebrate not a clue!  Now to let that sink in because I can't quite believe it!

ONE Magazine Issue #21 Preview

/ 23 December, 2014 /

Earlier last week, ONE magazine dropped their preview for issue #21, due out in stores a bit after the holidays.  It has been a while coming and for me, a milestone working with the magazine.  I worked on a major editorial directly with the Editor In Chief and Art Director.  The Art Director, Wes Driver, is also a photographer who I looked up to when I first started shooting photos.  There is nothing weirder than driving to his house and walking in, thinking, so, this is the guy who's photos I spent hours analyzing lighting, technique in photoshop, understanding why he did what he did.

There I was in the belly of the beast, with the editor to the magazine I wanted to be in 8 years ago, a videographer who's work I grew up on (Drew Bachrach), and 3 of the biggest rollerbladers in the game (Montre Livingston, Dre Powell, Sean Cullen).  And there I was.  Wes was shooting in medium format film and I was covering digital for the coverboy, Montre.  For a moment, my guard is down and I'm proud.

When I popped online and saw this preview, I was in awe.  I wasn't just a contributor with a photo in the back.  My photo is one of a few in the promotion. And then, scrolling down.....the main feature — shot by Wes Driver and Jonathan Labez.  Speechless.  Give that a moment to sink in.  I'm still waiting for that to sink in.  It won't until I have the magazine in hand.  I couldn't even believe a preview the editor sent me of the opening page....my photo.

2014, you've been a wild ride.

BE-MAG.com Feature for Ground Control

/ 10 December, 2014 /
Last week Be-mag.com finally ran a couple of my photos that I shot of Ground Control Frames Team Manager and Rider, Keaton Newsom, as well as NYC rollerblader, Pablo Munoz.  Pablo I met earlier this year when visiting California, while Keaton I've only conversed with online.  Great to finally meet him.  It was an impromptu shoot which photographer Sam L Dean helped put together and I ended up running with it.  Turns out he had shot Bladergang the night before at the warehouse we were in.  No pressure to figure out a different setup. haha.

The shots had to highlight Ground Control's latest product, the "BIG" frames, while keeping the skater anonymous.  So I aimed to just do that.  You can tell who they are, but it isn't readily apparent. I think we did a great job setting that up.  
Here's one of the lit up portraits I snapped towards the end of the shoot after we got what we were looking for.

Capturing Echo Park for Golden Daze Album Cover

/ 17 November, 2014 /

I was puttering around and checked my email to see an invite on Facebook from Golden Daze, a band out of Echo Park.  I knew one of the band members from rollerblading (of course) and he had seen me shoot polaroid on the last few times I had seem him while blading.  A month or so later, I get asked if the band duo can borrow my camera to shoot their album cover.  I run them through where to get the film, the tricks to using an SX-70, when to best shoot.  I didn't hear back for another month.  I get asked what I'm up to and if I had time to come over that afternoon.

They have a rough idea of what they want.  Their home, standing on the doorsteps.  Combined with the polaroid, it would feel like like another time, with these musicians documenting their lives as just another day.  We went through a pack, with varying positions and exposures.  I left the images with them and said I'd scan whichever they preferred.  A few more weeks go by and I swing by to pick the photos up for scanning.  After 4-5 months, the above photo was their top pick, which I found out about on Facebook.  There's something to be said about taking an analog photo and having zero control over how it comes out, only to see the final results myself after an elongated time.
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