Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Engagement photos

Had a chance to photograph Shoshana & Mike engagement photos at Fountain Hills recently. I will be photographing their wedding in February, so it is always great to work with them before the big day. They get to know me, and I get to know how to get great photos from them before the wedding. Love the tree photos!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The Kiyosaki's

I recently helped out my buddy Chris Barr photograph Robert Kiyosaki (of 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad' fame) and his wife for a magazine article about a new book that Kim had written. It was a big production, and Chris got some great shots.

That's Chris on the roof of Dan Coogan's pickup. I was to photograph the Kiyosakis from the front, while Chris shot down into their Bently convertable. Of course, being the true friend I am, I was ready to photograph Chris if he fell of the roof.

Crusin' Biltmore Estates:

The "Studio"

His & Hers Lamborginis:

Kim and Robert K

Thursday, November 1, 2007


I don't know why, but I really like this photo of a tree. I photographed it at an event at Circle Bar Ranch, a wedding & event venue at an old ranch out towards Payson.
Funky and old, like this tree.

Friday, October 12, 2007

4-Seasons Resort Wedding

A good friend and collegue, Jefferson Todd Pals, asked me to help him as a second-shooter on a wedding he had at the WAY North Scottsdale Four-Seasons Resort. Of course, having never shot there, and enjoying working with JT, I said yes!

Here are a few of the photos I took at the wedding.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Concrete pipe plant

I get to see some unique things, being a photographer. Did a little shoot last week for Hanson, an international concrete pipe manufacturer out by Luke AFB. It was a record 113 degrees that day - the client pointed at what they wanted photographs of from the shade, while I baked my brains in the sun.
Nice shiny new plant, but the most interesting thing to me was this "biblical" sized rebar-wire "weaving" machine that created the reinforcement mesh for the colossal concrete pipes.
The thing was was at least 20 feet tall; check out the rolling platform stand at the lower left for a sense of scale.

A few of the wire cylinders:

The sand & gravel conveyor belt:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Nikon D3 & D300 announced

Today, Nikon announced two new cameras, the D3 & the D300, as well as several new lenses.

The D3 sounds like Nikon's answer to Canon's MK III; very good news to me! If the D3's high-ISO low noise feature is as good as purported (better than the MK III!), I won't have to make the switch to Canon, which will save me thousands of dollars of investing in new equipment. This would be very good.

Here's a link to Rob Galbraith's site: Nikon D3

It is a very pretty camera, too.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

World Record Pool building

As a photographer, you get to witness some unusual things. I like that.

A few days ago I helped Chris Barr cover We Fix Ugly Pools' attempt to break the world-record for the fastest built swimming pool. Bet you didn't know they had a record for that, did you? Me neither.

To cover it, we set up two synchronized cameras on roofs overlooking the pool area and took 4 bracketed shots every 10 minutes. In between climbing a sissor-jack onto the roof to check on a time-lapse camera (wrapped in a ziplock bag and shaded by a gobo), I did the event photography. Got quite a work-out, and sweated like a pig the whole time.
We got to the site at 4am to set up the time-lapse cameras. It was to become a brutally humid & HOT day.


Shooting the gunite:

A frame from one of the time-lapse cameras:

One of the time-lapse cameras. Plastered...

The Phoenix Fire Dept filled the pool from a hydrant in minutes.

After a beehive of activity and six manic hours later, the pool was full of water and we were spent.

12:30 pm - the homeowner and just SOME of the workers who made it happen.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Canon MKIII vs. Nikon D2x noise

I was lucky enough to get to borrow one of the new Canon MK III's to check out it's purported fantastic low noise at high-ISOs (thanks Bob!). I did some quickie test shots with the MK III and my Nikon D2x, and the difference is shocking. May have to change to Canon! (big dollars tho).

These are 5"x5" crops from 100%:

My D2x at 3200 iso:

Bob's MK III at 3200:

Kinda hard to see on the blog, but the color and noise levels from the MKIII is at least three f/stops better than the D2x. Wow. If you shoot in low light alot, like I do, this is very awesome (I know; photographers are weird).

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rust, Austria

One of the many more amazing things we saw in Austria had to be the city of Rust (literally; "Roost"), located on an inland see. This is where storks nest (roost) on the chimneys of the homes, like in the storybooks!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Down the Danube River

After touring Melk, we took a "3-hour tour" down the Danube River to the city of Durnstien. There were castles and quaint villages on every bend in the river.

(below) - Some of us hiked to this castle ruin above Durnstien; the views from the top were breathtaking (as was the climb!).

A view up the Danube.
Overlooking Durnstien from the castle.

Melk, Austria

We went to Melk, a monastary that is incredibly baroque, which is surrounded by a beautiful village . It was like being in fairy-tale.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

The Graben

We are staying at a 300-year-old hotel just down a narrow street from the "Graben", which is a pedestrian only street and plaza shopping and dining area in the center of Vienna. It is a great place to people-watch and catch street performers. The muscians were incredibly good for some reason!


Thursday, June 21, 2007

We went to a lot of art & history museums in Vienna; all of the museums were as much artistic as the art they held. Very baroque!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Jessica turned 12 on June 18th. We celebrated her birthday with some wienerschnitzl and chocolate cupcake.

Afterwards on the way back to the hotel, we browsed thru an open air street market.