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Humanitarian Photographer. City Boy w/ Redneck Aspirations.

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We got a new fountain….that the boys think is a Storm Trooper swimming pool.

We got a new fountain….that the boys think is a Storm Trooper swimming pool.

Took the RC truck to the track for a little fun this afternoon…

Took the RC truck to the track for a little fun this afternoon…

BACKYARD RC RACING AT CCRC with my new @teamlosiracing TEN-SCTE 4wd RTR: http://youtu.be/fuyEypsTxuk via @YouTube

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Things got a bit crazy in the photo booth today at Chris & Sarah’s wedding shower!

Things got a bit crazy in the photo booth today at Chris & Sarah’s wedding shower!

Happy Birthday Dino, we love you! I can’t believe you are 5 already.

Happy Birthday Dino, we love you! I can’t believe you are 5 already.

My tight quarters for the next 30 minutes. Scratch track VO using MiC into GarageBand on an iPad mini. Amazingly portable sound solution.

My tight quarters for the next 30 minutes. Scratch track VO using MiC into GarageBand on an iPad mini. Amazingly portable sound solution.

I woke up to a beautiful sunrise in Roatan, Honduras and decided to shoot a  behind the scenes video of the HDR photos I captured.  

(via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=0UFlSPfssZY&u=/watch?v=4IOJxIt5IZg&feature=share)

(via Shooting The Reef In Roatan, Honduras At Sunrise)
On my last day in Roatan, Honduras I woke up early to capture HDR images of the beach outside my hotel at sunrise. The sun was rising behind me, but the color of the light was still seen on the clouds in the sky on my side of the island. It was the only morning I had available because every other day we were up early to travel to the island of St. Helene. In order to capture the beautiful sky and still expose the rock/reef peninsula I was shooting, I had to shoot multiple exposures to combine as an HDR image using Photomatix. Because I was shooting raw I could have pushed the shadows in Adobe Lightroom, but I also wanted the drama that the HDR image would bring to the seen. This video shows how I captured them and used a graduated ND filter to retain detail in the images.

(via Shooting The Reef In Roatan, Honduras At Sunrise)
On my last day in Roatan, Honduras I woke up early to capture HDR images of the beach outside my hotel at sunrise. The sun was rising behind me, but the color of the light was still seen on the clouds in the sky on my side of the island. It was the only morning I had available because every other day we were up early to travel to the island of St. Helene. In order to capture the beautiful sky and still expose the rock/reef peninsula I was shooting, I had to shoot multiple exposures to combine as an HDR image using Photomatix. Because I was shooting raw I could have pushed the shadows in Adobe Lightroom, but I also wanted the drama that the HDR image would bring to the seen. This video shows how I captured them and used a graduated ND filter to retain detail in the images.

Just got home, but I am already dreaming up plans to return to this beautiful island.  #Roatan

Just got home, but I am already dreaming up plans to return to this beautiful island. #Roatan

A digital postcard from Honduras. 

More images at http://thetravelingimage.com/2014/02/postcard-from-honduras/

A digital postcard from Honduras.

More images at http://thetravelingimage.com/2014/02/postcard-from-honduras/

11year old Edwin is excited about the water that now flows from a new water tap at his home. Like other women and children on Saint Helena (Santa Elena), he used to walk to get water when it was available.  One of the main sources of their water was rain, but that wasn’t always available. Now, thanks to Operation Blessing International, every family on the island has water readily available at their homes. 

In celebration of this new  system that pipes water to each home, the First Lady Of Honduras paid a visit to the island for the inauguration - marking the first time a President or his wife have visited Saint Helena and the people’s excitement was visible and audible.

11year old Edwin is excited about the water that now flows from a new water tap at his home. Like other women and children on Saint Helena (Santa Elena), he used to walk to get water when it was available. One of the main sources of their water was rain, but that wasn’t always available. Now, thanks to Operation Blessing International, every family on the island has water readily available at their homes.

In celebration of this new system that pipes water to each home, the First Lady Of Honduras paid a visit to the island for the inauguration - marking the first time a President or his wife have visited Saint Helena and the people’s excitement was visible and audible.

Getting creative on my flight to Miami. I used Slow Shutter app on my iPhone to take this long exposure of the wing out my window. Of the plane-window-shots you have taken (and I know just about all of us have done it) what is your favorite?

Getting creative on my flight to Miami. I used Slow Shutter app on my iPhone to take this long exposure of the wing out my window. Of the plane-window-shots you have taken (and I know just about all of us have done it) what is your favorite?

These two giraffes and I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

 (via These Giraffes & I Wish You A Happy Valentine’s Day)

These two giraffes and I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

(via These Giraffes & I Wish You A Happy Valentine’s Day)

The Power of Personal Connection with a Photograph 

We all react and interpret photographs in different ways.  The photographer sees a scene and interprets one way as he makes the image, but our personal connection to an image can change our understanding or influence us as a viewer.  It isn’t a bad thing, in fact, that is what makes art so beautiful and hard to critique – even critics disagree.

There are basic rules that can be applied to separate the bad from the good and the good from the great, but there is a point where audience connection takes over.  Many times I don’t understand the attention and praise some images receive, while others that I really like don’t get noticed or received negative feedback.  It is this kind of thinking that exposes my own interpretation, connection, and preconceived ideas of what makes a great photograph.

I recently had a personal connection with this photo of a little girl and her grandmother in a remote village in India.  Watch the video to see why I like this image so much…let me give you a hint…it’s a strong personal connection.
(via The Power of Personal Connection with a Photograph)

The Power of Personal Connection with a Photograph

We all react and interpret photographs in different ways. The photographer sees a scene and interprets one way as he makes the image, but our personal connection to an image can change our understanding or influence us as a viewer. It isn’t a bad thing, in fact, that is what makes art so beautiful and hard to critique – even critics disagree.

There are basic rules that can be applied to separate the bad from the good and the good from the great, but there is a point where audience connection takes over. Many times I don’t understand the attention and praise some images receive, while others that I really like don’t get noticed or received negative feedback. It is this kind of thinking that exposes my own interpretation, connection, and preconceived ideas of what makes a great photograph.

I recently had a personal connection with this photo of a little girl and her grandmother in a remote village in India. Watch the video to see why I like this image so much…let me give you a hint…it’s a strong personal connection.

(via The Power of Personal Connection with a Photograph)

When, Why and How to Save A Bad Photo: follow the link to my blog to see the video.  

While the best option is to make the image right when you are taking it, sometimes factors are beyond your control.  Every once in a while there are images we need to save.  Here is an image I didn’t get right while capturing it, why I wanted to save it, and how it was possible.  I post this, not to endorse making bad images, but because I was going to share the image and wanted to point out what I had done wrong and how I saved it.   Being a photographer, I often admire the work of others and never realize what they may have had to do to “save” an image that I am enthralled with because I only ever see the finished product.  While I’ll admit that I don’t have to do this much work on most of my images, there are times when the image I like best in the group may not start out looking the best.   This video shows the image sequence I had to work with and explains why I worked so hard to make this photo of Savineau and his horse usable.  I know that some photographers will not be happy with me suggesting that you can save photos in editing, so I will point out that there are several factors you can’t fix: timing, composition/framing (to a degree), focus, and blurry images due to slow shutter speed.  I got these items right on location, but did need to fix my exposure and straighten the image. 

(via When, Why and How To Save A Bad Photo)

When, Why and How to Save A Bad Photo: follow the link to my blog to see the video.

While the best option is to make the image right when you are taking it, sometimes factors are beyond your control. Every once in a while there are images we need to save. Here is an image I didn’t get right while capturing it, why I wanted to save it, and how it was possible. I post this, not to endorse making bad images, but because I was going to share the image and wanted to point out what I had done wrong and how I saved it. Being a photographer, I often admire the work of others and never realize what they may have had to do to “save” an image that I am enthralled with because I only ever see the finished product. While I’ll admit that I don’t have to do this much work on most of my images, there are times when the image I like best in the group may not start out looking the best. This video shows the image sequence I had to work with and explains why I worked so hard to make this photo of Savineau and his horse usable. I know that some photographers will not be happy with me suggesting that you can save photos in editing, so I will point out that there are several factors you can’t fix: timing, composition/framing (to a degree), focus, and blurry images due to slow shutter speed. I got these items right on location, but did need to fix my exposure and straighten the image.

(via When, Why and How To Save A Bad Photo)