Since I began traveling for photography, I would be in a beautiful location and wished Cher and Seth could be there to share the experience with me. Up until now, it just wasn’t possible. But all that has changed now that we have a sweet new (used) RV. We went on our maiden camping trip this weekend and it was really cool. No more bathing out of a 5 gallon bucket at Burning Man. No more overpriced hotels wondering if the sheets were really changed. And best of all, my family gets to see the amazing places I’ve been and am planning to go. Let the adventures begin!
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I took this during the Meetup last month at the Chase Tower in downtown Dallas. We were having to shoot through glass in a well lit room, which usually creates horrible reflections. Thankfully, I have a little device called a Lens Skirt, which suction cups to the window and eliminates the unwanted reflections. I think I could have sold them all if I had some extras.
I posted this photo over on Flickr a few days ago and the dang thing blew up. It made their Explore category and it received over 7,000 views in 3 days. I love it when that happens!
The Blue Morpheus Camp was full of awesome people. They are based out of Seattle and are really chill. I was introduced to them by a friend I met last year and was glad to get to hang out.
At Burning Man last year, I always wanted to go out on an art car, but it never happened. So when I got the opportunity to go this year, I was really excited. Little did I know what type an adventure we were in for. It started off as normally as Burning Man can be. We went to this party at the Hotel Ashram Galactica, which was this amazing camp decked to the nines. It had a cool meditation dome with bells and chimes and pillows all around. The full bar was a separate 50×100′ tent that was absolutely slammed. They had these tents that were more like rooms with antique furniture and decorated very elegantly. Ashram Galactica had it goin’ on!
From there we headed toward Opulent Temple and noticed the winds starting to pick up. We didn’t stay at Opulent long as the winds were getting stronger and stronger and decided to start to head back to camp. At this point it got really nuts. The temperature was in the low 50’s, but the wind was gusting easily at 60mph. And here I was on top of this art car riding the storm like Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. Visibility was nearly zero. Peds and bikers would dart in front of the headlights then disappear just as quickly. Eventually one of the passengers got off and guided the Morpheus using lasers like runway lights.
When we got back to their camp an hour later, all the passengers were completely covered in dust. It was awesome! I went back to check on my camp, and thankfully it was still there. One of my supports to my shade structure broke, but that was the only damage. I wrapped it in duct tape and it was good to go. All in all, it was a fun and unforgettable night atop the Blue Morpheus. I can’t wait to chill with these folks next year!
I went to Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival a couple of weeks ago and had a ton of fun shooting the workers and guests. I love catching people in that moment between minding their own business then realizing they are being photographed. It’s like a moment where they are being most natural before unconsciously smiling or posing.
This is one of the last shots I took on last Saturday’s Dallas Photowalk. I usually get started around this time, but the walk began at 3:30, it was really hot, and the family and I were getting pretty spent. It was nice to get to hang out with some other photographers and get a little exercise. This is the first HDR that I’ve posted taken with my new D800. Upgrading is fun, but you soon realize that you have to upgrade other stuff too… like RAM.
So what kind of photographer are you? I get asked this all the time and I really don’t know what to say. I like to photograph all interesting and beautiful things. So I guess I’m a “beauty photographer”? It still feels weird calling myself a photographer at all. I still see my self as more of an “image creator” or better yet, an “artist”. Photo based images are not all I create. I also make stained glass, sculptures, paintings and drawings. I seem to get bored with one thing after a while and like to switch up the medium.
It was a great weekend spent in Death Valley, California with a bunch of my Google+ homies. The photography was great, but the friendships that were kindled were what truly made it special. I met an awesome dude named Stephen, aka. Sly Vegas. We hit it off immediately and had a ton of laughs as well as a few deeper talks.
We made it out to the Racetrack Playa just in time for sunset. There were so many photographers in one area that I decided to hike a bit to one that was more secluded. I got to this traveling rock just after sunset and got down low for some brackets. The landscape was so surreal. Never before had I felt like I was on another planet.