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Paris Catacombs Featured On Nikon Rumors

Paris Catacombs Featured On Nikon Rumors

The popular photography blog Nikon Rumors has featured a guest post I made about my trip to the Paris Catacombs late last year. Head over to read the article here.

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A Foggy Day In Paris

A Foggy Day In Paris

Recently I spent some time in Paris and Barcelona where I was photographing some churches. While at St. Sulpice (ever seen The Da Vinci Code?) I had the opportunity to climb the one finished of two towers they have and was greeted with a full view of the city. It was a foggy, rainy day yet I couldn’t resist shooting something from this vantage point. Below is the result from my visit that day (click the file for a larger view).

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Photographing The Paris Catacombs

Photographing The Paris Catacombs

I just returned from a few weeks  away photographing in Paris and Barcelona (more to come on that soon). One of the unexpected highlights of my trip was a couple hours spent in the Paris Catacombs (click the link to read all about it).

In short, the catacombs are a series of underground tunnels filled with the bones of thousands of people. I wasn’t allowed to use a tripod and couldn’t use flash despite being in almost complete darkness. I brought my Nikon D600 and the fantastic Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens. I discovered that they allowed flashlights, so I got out my iPhone, turned on the LED light and used it as lighting, camera in one hand and iPhone in the other. The iPhone saved me on this one.

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Parc Guell: Barcelona, Spain

Parc Guell: Barcelona, Spain

I was recently in Barcelona, Spain where I had the opportunity to photograph the amazing Sagrada Familia. While in the city I took the opportunity to visit as much as I could, and Parc Guell is one place I can definitely recommend visiting. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the same man who designed Sagrada Familia, it is a bit of a wonderland. I only took one real photograph while there and you can see the whimsical view below (click it for a larger view).

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Featured in Petersen’s Photographic Magazine

Featured in Petersen’s Photographic Magazine

I’m very honored to have had Petersen’s Photographic Magazine feature my church work in their latest, Fall 2013, issue. They gave me 6 full pages of space and did a great, thorough job writing the article. This issue features 8 different photographers talking about areas of photography in which they specialize, so it is worth reading about the different work people are doing. Go grab a copy before they are gone around the middle of November!

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Charlie Magazine 50 Most Progressive 2013

Charlie Magazine 50 Most Progressive 2013

I am honored to have been chosen by Charlie Magazine to be among their 50 most progressive people of 2013. Charlie does a fantastic job with their magazine and I suggest picking up pretty much any issue to see some great photography and read interesting articles. Thanks to Jason Zwiker for writing the article and doing the photography.

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Featured In Popular Photography Magazine

Featured In Popular Photography Magazine

I’m honored to have been interviewed by Popular Photography Magazine for a short article on photographing in Charleston, SC. They also used my photograph of the famous Angel Oak tree on John’s Island in the article. Grab a copy if you are interested in reading a bit about photographing around the beautiful city of Charleston.

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Photographing Birds of Prey In A Studio

Photographing Birds of Prey In A Studio

Recently I was given the opportunity to set up a studio at the Center For Birds of Prey in Awendaw, SC and photograph their birds. This was exciting for me on many levels. I’ve loved birds of prey since I was a child (especially owls) and having them mere feet from my lens was a joy. The staff at the center were incredibly inviting and accommodating to me throughout the day. If you are in or around Charleston, SC I highly suggest you visit the center where you can see a vast array of owls, hawks, eagles, kites, falcons, and vultures. Thursdays through Saturdays they even have 2 flight demonstrations daily that will allow you to get up close and personal with the birds, some flying literally right over your head. It’s a great experience.

For those interested in the technical side of the shoot:

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Ravenel Bridge Fashion Shoot

Ravenel Bridge Fashion Shoot

Andrew Petersen of Misiu Beauty contacted my girlfriend Diana Deaver and I about doing a fashion shoot for him to use for his Charleston based cosmetics line for posters and magazine ads. He wanted to include a model wearing his line of lip products and a recognizable Charleston landmark. It didn’t take long for us to settle on using Charleston’s well known Ravenel Bridge, spanning the gap between downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC, over the Cooper River, as the background. Diana and I collaborated to create this image, and neither of us could be more pleased with the results.

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Portrait Of An Interior Designer

Portrait Of An Interior Designer

Interior designer John Christensen wanted a portrait for his new website but he specifically didn’t want something that looked like a standard photograph and he didn’t want anything that featured him up front and center.

My idea was to focus mostly on the room, but to feature John in multiple places throughout it in hopes it would make the photo more surreal while at the same time take some of the focus off of John himself since there would now be multiple versions of him to draw your attention; one man suddenly becomes a crowd of 4, and in crowds the individual is less of a focus. It would also place John in the position of being reflective of his work by, in a way, watching himself and reviewing what he’s already done.

We shot this in the “green room” of the Sword Gate House on Legare Street, which was decorated by John himself. We were pleased with the results.

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