Rhino Books, Nashville. November 2016

November 22, 2016 at 11:55 pm

I’d nev­er been in Rhi­no Books before this past week­end, but am def­i­nite­ly going back.

Fuji x100.

Night Snapshots in Vancouver, May 2015

May 19, 2015 at 8:31 pm

A few x100 snaps walk­ing between Gas­town and my hotel while in Vancouver.

Percy Priest Lake, January 2015

February 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

A mix of film (T‑Max 400) and the Fuji x100.

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.

Movement at the Sideshow Fringe, August 2014

August 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

Move­ment pho­tog­ra­phy at the 2014 Sideshow Fringe Fes­ti­val. Beau­ti­ful per­for­mances with the FALL dance com­pa­ny and Aer­i­al Fab­ri­ca­tors.

Thank you to Jes­si­ka Mal­one and the entire Sideshow Fringe team for invit­ing me to be part of the event this year!

When I Rode Greyhound

May 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Ear­li­er this month, I took the Grey­hound Express from Nashville to Atlanta for a con­fer­ence. I want­ed to save costs wher­ev­er pos­si­ble, so a rental car was out — over a week, even the cheap­est option gets real­ly expen­sive. Also, book­ing ear­ly on Grey­hound gave quite a dis­count — it was a whop­ping $15 for a round trip tick­et. 20x cheap­er than fly­ing, and free bag­gage was included.

I took a taxi from the house to the Nashville Grey­hound sta­tion (Eryn was already out of town on anoth­er trip). Sur­pris­ing­ly high-tech for Nashville, these lit­tle Tax­iMag­ic appli­ances are quite handy when you want to avoid cash in taxis. Atlanta taxis could take a lesson!

Greyhound Trip, May 2014, 01

I arrived at the bus sta­tion a full hour ear­ly, which gave plen­ty of time to check out the clean-but-cramped space. Lines every­where, snaking around the dif­fer­ent “express” areas. A tip — you stay with your bag­gage the whole time. After I had got­ten my bag tagged, I thought they would take it to the bus, akin to com­mer­cial air trav­el. But no — you stay as close (or as far) from your bag as you desire, car­ry­ing it out to the bus when the time comes to board.

Greyhound Trip, May 2014, 03

Photo Exploration: New Orleans, Night. September 2013

December 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

It is true that if you walk around any pop­u­lat­ed area at night with a cam­era you will come away with some­thing worth­while. Yet, some places open them­selves up for trea­sure more read­i­ly than oth­ers. And one of those places is New Orleans.

Let’s be clear — there is more to New Orleans than Bour­bon St, more than the Quar­ter, more than the Saints and the beignets and Mar­di Gras. But let’s also be hon­est — with­out that cul­ture, New Orleans would more like­ly be a swel­ter­ing riv­er port, one with tourism built more on fish­ing and bird watch­ing than rev­el­ry and foot­ball. And while I love the rest of New Orleans (try the fries at The Delachaise), when I can walk to the Quar­ter cam­era in-hand I’ll always try to give it some time.

In Sep­tem­ber 2013 I was in the area pre­sent­ing on Glus­ter with some for­tu­nate hours to spare. I’d been want­i­ng to test the Fuji x100’s low­light col­or abil­i­ties so this was a per­fect fit. If you’ve nev­er been on Bour­bon St at night, it is worth a trip at least once. There is the debauch­ery but there are also the restau­rants and bars, the musi­cians and staff, and the lights that keep it all visible.

Before walk­ing, I set­up the cam­era for 1/125 sec­ond, f/2.8 at 3200 ISO. It seemed a good mix where it was­n’t a ter­ri­bly slow shut­ter speed, and with the lens stopped down just a bit I could still get some good low light work. The 3200 ISO is a bit of a stretch, but shoot­ing RAW gave me some qual­i­ty results regard­less of the high set­ting. With all of that pre­set, all that remained was to find the shots. You can see more of the work here.

New Orleans Store­front at Night. Sep­tem­ber 2013

Some­where along the street is this store. Which is very sim­i­lar to the one across the street, and one around the cor­ner. And down the way. New Orleans has bead and shirt stores like the Coast has swim­suit and sun­block stores. Only you don’t have to walk into a plas­ter shark head. I’ve nev­er under­stood how these places don’t get items stolen con­stant­ly — maybe there is some­one watch­ing the front at all times via CCTV? No idea. Regard­less, they are guar­an­teed good shots for sat­u­rat­ed col­or and throngs of items. I love the vari­ety — where did the Ari­zona Car­di­nal ban­ner come from? How many com­bi­na­tions of drink­ing puns are there in the world? Thing 1 & 2, Drunk 1 & 2, Trou­ble 1 & 2 side by side with lin­gerie and cos­tumes. Beads galore. All of it mixed up like a dish of hop­pin’ john.

But what real­ly made the image for me is the fig­ure walk­ing by. I don’t think quite drunk, maybe not even tip­sy. She walked more with a goal than a mean­der. Cer­tain­ly dressed up enough to have gone out (or be going out) but I don’t think her des­ti­na­tion had bar stools. A fig­ure of calm, mov­ing delib­er­ate­ly among the menagerie.

New Orleans, Night. September 2013

December 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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New Orleans, Sep­tem­ber 2013. Fuji x100.

Read a Pho­to Explo­ration here.