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The Last of the 747s

1 Nov

I spent the past weekend doing something most people think is a bit crazy: I flew from Chicago to South Korea and back in 48 hours.

Why? Primarily two reasons: (1) why not? I’ve always wanted to check out Seoul and (2) this was the last (real) time United was flying “The Queen of the Skies”, the Boeing 747.

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NYC Helicopter Photos

12 Mar

Recently had the opportunity to photograph New York City out of a doors-free helicopter. Freezing cold, we shot all around the city with our extremely skilled pilot, Chris, from FlyNYON. It was a great experience – will be back soon!

Take a look at the full album here!


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/100, f/1.4, ISO 800)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/640, f/1.4, ISO 3200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 3200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/160, f/1.4, ISO 3200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/250, f/1.4, ISO 6400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/160, f/1.6, ISO 6400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/500, f/1.4, ISO 6400)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/125, f/1.4, ISO 3200)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/320, f/1.4, ISO 5000)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/160, f/1.4, ISO 5000)


(Canon EOS 6D, 20 mm, 1/250, f/1.4, ISO 5000)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 85 mm, 1/500, f/1.2, ISO 1000)

Behind the scenes video:

European Delivery 2013

20 Oct

Following in my steps with my 135i European Delivery (video), my friends and I returned to Europe this summer to pick up a 335is. My friend, Chris, decided it was time to upgrade his A6 and come over to the BMW world. We convinced him to go with a 335is and do a guy’s road trip through Europe. The three of us met in the Owner’s Lounge of the BMW Welt, where we would pick up the car and explore Europe. Our plan was to hang out in Munich, visit some friends in Hamburg, check out Porsche in Stuttgart, visit some friends in Freiburg, and head down to southern France for a few days, all while exploring some of Europe’s finest roads. Keep reading to to see what we ended up doing.

For downloads or prints of the full resolution photos, visit the full gallery here.

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Elk Neck State Park Star Trails

11 Mar

This past weekend I went camping. Usually when I go camping, it’s far enough away from a big city that light polution is minimal. I like to bring my camera on these occasions to get some sort of star photo; whether it’s an image of the Milky Way or a star trail photo. This time, I tried for a star trail photo. I set the camera on an intervalometer to capture 29 second exposures repeatedly. The camera ran for 3 hours (346 images) before the battery died. I then combined the photos into a single image you see below that demonstrates the rotation of the earth in relation to the stars. Apparently we were right above an airport approach path, which you can see the many plane streaks across the center of the image. To see a higher resolution version or purchase prints, please click here.


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 16 mm, 346 29s exposures, f/2.8, ISO 1250)

Album Art for Matt

17 Feb

I’ve been collaborating with my longtime friend, Matt, on some art for his new CD. We had fun with different wardrobes and scenes as we tried to find a variety of images he could use on the album and in different marketing scenarios. Below are some of my favorite images. All were lit with a single Paul C. Buff White Lightning X1600 and large Octabox. We’ve been using the Vagabond Mini power source, which has been awesome in the field.


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 24 mm, 1/250, f/9, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 24 mm, 1/250, f/11, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 24 mm, 1/250, f/11, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 40 mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 16 mm, 1/13, f/8, ISO 200)


(Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 16 mm, 1/25, f/8, ISO 200)

Israel

31 Jul

I recently returned from a trip to Israel.  I had an amazing time. We swam in the dead sea, spent a night in the desert, climbed Masada, and spent a few days in Jerusalem among many other things.  Overall, it was one of my favorite trips that I’ve ever been on.

Some of my images are below.  You can see the full gallery here.

As a plus, all my photos were geotagged using the Canon GP-E2. You can see the map of where I went here.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16 mm, 1/1, f/23, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16 mm, 6s, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16 mm, 1/1250, f/5.6, ISO 100)

Sunrise from Masada.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200 mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 500)

From the top of Masada.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16 mm, 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16 mm, 1/500, f/11, ISO 400)

The dead sea.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1/200, f/5.7, ISO 100)

Jerusalem


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200 mm, 1/640, f/5.6, ISO 100)

Prayer at the Western Wall.


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200 mm, 1/500, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200 mm, 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 200 mm, 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 34 mm, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100)


(Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1/800, f/5.6, ISO 100)

Full gallery here.

I’ll Have Another Wins Preakness by a Neck

21 May

As usual for the last several years, I covered the Preakness Stakes this past weekend. Preakness is one of the more difficult assignments I cover as it requires a lot of pre-planning, multiple camera positions, and running around.  It’s an extremely long day that if everything comes together can pay off with great  images and a lot of published images.  This year was no different – I ended up making the front page of Yahoo Sports and Fox Sports and was also published on the first and second pages of USA Today’s sports section (in print). Click the link below to read on for some of my images from the weekend.


(Canon EOS 40D, 16 mm, 1/3200, f/5, ISO 640)

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Time Lapse Basics

5 Apr

Shooting THON this year took a lot of planning and work.  I created a short film, leveraging multiple still cameras and remote locations throughout the Bryce Jordan Center.

This post is written for anyone interested in what it takes to make a time lapse film or is looking for time lapse tips and guidance.  I couldn’t find all of this information in one place so this is my attempt to put it together and reduce the spin-up time for those getting started in time lapse photography.

I was planning on shooting a short time lapse film so I needed a lot of equipment.  I packed up a few days earlier so that I could head straight for State College.  Some of the equipment that I took is below:

2 Bogen Magic Arms and Super Clamps, 2 Tripods, 1 Milapse rotating telescope mount for sweeping time lapses, 3 Canon dSLR’s and a bunch of lenses, and 2 Canon intervalometers.  These are just the basics.  I obviously brought a lot of support equipment like batteries, power strips, pocketwizards (to daisychain intervalometers), laptops, card readers, etc.

Hit the jump below to read.

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