Photo Exploration: The Bird (or Movement IV)

March 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Aeri­al­ists are incred­i­ble. Flat out, hands down — some of the most enter­tain­ing per­form­ers com­bined with incred­i­ble phys­i­cal abil­i­ties. Twist­ing, pulling, turn­ing, falling — it’s amaz­ing. See­ing an aer­ial per­for­mance is great. Always, always, always go if you have the chance. The photo below is from the 2014 Sideshow Fringe Fes­ti­val. This ses­sion was with the FALL dance com­pany and Aer­ial Fab­ri­ca­tors.

The Bird (Movement IV, SSF 2014)

The Bird (Move­ment IV, SSF 2014)

It’s been a long time since the last photo explo­ration post. The fall and win­ter were a pro­duc­tive time, just not for updat­ing this part of the web­site. So let’s dig in one a photo taken around the time of the last photo explo­ration!

Long expo­sures a great. They are easy to do, fun to share, and usu­ally pro­vide some very inter­est­ing results. Almost every pho­tog­ra­pher I know has gone through a water­fall period, which usu­ally involves con­sid­er­a­tions for ND fil­ters, low-as-possible-ISO, stop­ping down the lens and look­ing for the shadi­est spot pos­si­ble to get a good image of creamy water over still rocks. For that mat­ter, I still do those shots when the oppor­tu­nity arises!

How­ever, when work­ing in a black box the­ater with high con­trast spot lights, it’s much eas­ier to do long expo­sures than any­thing else. The ques­tion is, just HOW long should that expo­sure be? 1 sec­ond? 5? 1/2″? It’s trial and error at the start, and with per­for­mances you might not get a sec­ond chance. Pro tip: auto-bracketing helps tremen­dously in this sit­u­a­tion. But once you get the set­tings dialed in for the scene, some fan­tas­tic work can be captured.

I remem­ber the piece being incred­i­ble. Bursts of motion over­laid on still and gen­tle cross­ings of the stage. When the per­form­ers were climb­ing, it seemed like they could have stayed aloft for­ever. When one came down, it was like a bird emerg­ing from the egg and imme­di­ately tak­ing flight. Enthralling, to say the least!

Nashville at Night, October 2014

January 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Walk­ing around down­town Nashville in Octo­ber 2014. Warm and humid, with a nice sun­set lead­ing into a lit­tle ten­sion early in the evening. Taken with the Fuji X100.

Best of 2014 Film Photos [Part 1]

January 5, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Review­ing an entire year of work is quite daunt­ing. You can pre­pare ahead of time and cat­a­log, rate, cri­tique, etc work all year long and still come out the other side baf­fled and unsure why one piece was just SO GOOD. It’s pos­si­ble to try and mark opin­ions through­out the year, but even those can fall flat in review.

Or, you do what I do, and col­lect at the end of the year. With approx­i­mately 500 frames of film shot in 2014, I did a once-over of every­thing and flagged some 60 as poten­tial best of’s. Then I printed 4x6 of each and did a fur­ther culling down to the Top 10.…but this Top 10 list goes to 11!

In no par­tic­u­lar order, let’s walk down mem­ory lane. We’ll five in this post, and five in Part 2. My favorite photo of the year will have its own post thereafter!


Peo­ple on Broad­way I. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.

Peo­ple on Broad­way I. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.


Peo­ple on Broad­way II. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.

Peo­ple on Broad­way II. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.


Square Books, Upstairs. Oxford, April 2014. NPS160 35mm.

Square Books, Upstairs. Oxford, April 2014. NPS160 35mm.


Rachel Kate at The Underground I. Nashville, November 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.

Rachel Kate at The Under­ground I. Nashville, Novem­ber 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.


Rachel Kate at The Underground II. Nashville, November 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.

Rachel Kate at The Under­ground II. Nashville, Novem­ber 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm

Downtown Nashville, February 2014

February 25, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Since mov­ing here, I’d been want­ing to pho­to­graph the peo­ple who go down­town. It’s a mix of tourists and natives — there are enough great parks, muse­ums and activ­i­ties to bring the locals but the rep­u­ta­tion of Broad­way draws in the visitors.

These are a bit of the find­ings on a warm after­noon in Feb­ru­ary. Some on the Shelby St Bridge, one from Cum­ber­land Park (this really neat space basi­cally under the bridge) and the rest from walk­ing around Broadway.

All FP4+ in the GA645.

Last Sunday in February

March 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Down­town Asheville, walk­ing around with friends and a prime 50mm on the 7D. I did bor­row a friend’s 10-20mm Sigma (I think) for the Basil­ica wide shot.

Good and warm end to the month.