Ferry Crossing. Puget Sound, WA
We’re still in the first month of 2015 and it seemed like the appropriate time to do a little house cleaning. What you’ll find on this page are the results of an experiment I worked on last year but never got around to publishing. Actually, that sums up a lot of last year. I created a fair amount of work that I enjoyed but didn’t share publicly, and in 2015 I’d like to change that. Here’s a small start. I hope you like it. (And I hope you have a fast internet connection to load these massive .gifs!)
How do you land photography jobs? How do you get good enough to become a professional photographer? If you’re starting out in this industry or even if you’ve been in it for a few years but feel like your creative wheels are stuck in the mud, these are the kinds of questions that lodge themselves in the front of your mind. Even if you are well into your career, there’s always a haunting feeling that one day people are going to figure out you’re a fraud, that the majority of the images you take are garbage and sometimes you feel more lucky than talented.
If you are anything like me, you struggle with the gap between your creation and your vision — between the work you do produce and the work you want to produce. In my career there have been times when I wanted to (and at least one time where I actually did) put down the camera and stop creating because I couldn’t stand the images I captured. During those times, everything I made repulsed me. My photographs were cliche, shallow, and uninspired. I felt like a climber who has given his best and just wants to lay down in the snow to rest a while. But just like that climber, giving up would be dangerous. If you want to get better, you have to keep pushing forward. It’s true in life and it’s true in art.
The video in the top of this post is a great reminder that pushing forward and creating new work is the best way to improve your craft. It’s from a longer series of talks by Ira Glass about storytelling which I highly recommend to anyone who does creative work, even if journalism or radio isn’t your thing. There’s some deep stuff in there and great reminders about the work that goes into making something meaningful.
There’s been a lot of buzz about motion image photography specifically surrounding super high resolution cameras like the Canon 1D C. With the advent of cameras that shoot video at resolutions higher than standard HD, it is now possible to pull still images directly from video with surprising results.
I’ve been shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III for about a month now, and I decided to go back and pluck some still shots from my video using the “capture frame” feature in Adobe Lightroom 4. I’ve posted a series of images here showing both edited and unedited stills. All the following images were uploaded in their full resolution to give you a more accurate picture of what to expect. Click on the photos to view them at 100%. Continue reading
I was watching a inexpensive follow focus review from Planet5D when I realized I had all the parts to build my own in my camera bag. Check out the video for details.
Hey everybody, I know I haven’t written a postcard for a couple of weeks so I wanted to make this one really special. This week I have a video postcard to share and this one documents my trip to a curry house.
You might not think of Cusco, Peru as a place to eat curry but trust me, one can only eat so many potatoes and guinea pigs before you’re desperately searching for food from any continent other than South America — food with a little more flavor, food with a little more spice.
When we showed up at Korma Sutra curry house in the San Blas neighborhood, I got exactly what I was looking for. Apparently this restaurant is famous for a particularly spicy curry. One so spicy that you get a beer and a certificate of achievement if you can finish it. Of course I had to try. You can watch the video to see if I walked away with my prize or broke down in tears.
Mention the words “Haiti” and “disaster” and you’re likely thinking about the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people and left nearly a million people homeless. But in its wake another disaster is creeping over the island, and there is mounting evidence that this one is manmade.
A cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed thousands of people and sickened many more. Now a new film by David Darg and Bryn Mooser blames the United Nations for bringing the disease to the island and covering up their involvement in the outbreak. They are following up their video with a social media campaign and asking the public to tweet the United Nations asking them to admit responsibility in the outbreak.
After I saw the video, I knew I wanted to learn more about their work and contacted them on Twitter. I learned that Darg and Mooser became friends in Haiti where they have worked for more then two years. I also learned that the duo originally set out to make a film about Haiti’s first little league team but when one of their main subject lost his mother to cholera, they knew there was a bigger story to tell.
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It’s been a crazy week and it doesn’t look to be letting up anytime soon. If you’d like a behind the scenes look at one of the projects I’ve been working on this week, check out the video above. Thanks again to Ben Ayers who made this video possible.
My friend Ben Ayers made this cool video of our travels from Ollantaytambo to Hidroeléctrica (a.k.a. the back door to Machu Picchu). If you want to avoid the $70+ train ticket to Machu Picchu, it’s the only way to go. Hope you enjoy the video!
The cast of this video includes myself, Ben, my brother Nate, my sister Gabrielle, my wife Sonya, and our guide Abel.
Update: A video of the second part of our journey is now up. Thanks again to Ben Ayers.