Aussie’s have big lenses…and other pictures

I’ve talked about it enough on Twitter and Facebook, but last week my wife and I went on a four-day trip to New York City. The primary reason for this little jaunt was to take a little vacation together, but also to meet some of my favorite people in the world. In the last year or two, I’ve become great friends with a group of photographers that are based all over the place…Seattle, California, Canada…and a bunch who are up in the New England area. So we planned this epic meetup.

And amazingly, it actually happened. Somehow, someway…all of us, from different states and countries, made it to NYC for an insane day of shooting and hanging out.

The title of this blog post is meant for Jacob Lucas, an Australian “bloke” living in Seattle. It may have been the story of the trip, but he dragged along his massive 400mm lens to shoot with. I mean, he fit that thing into his backpack and walked around NYC with it. All day. A stud.

The photo above is one of my favorites from the trip. You can see myself and the Manhattan Bridge in the reflection. And I love that Jacob is smiling in the background. The 35mm 1.4 gave me a cool distortion, making it feel like Jacob was waaay off in the background. Of course, that 400mm was so big, this isn’t THAT far off from the truth.

So this is the first of two blog posts with images of these awesome guys and our adventures in NYC.

Before the epic day of shooting took place, we met for dinner at Da Rosina’s…where good food and good drinking took place. This first picture is of Jesse Pafundi and his beautiful wife Dani, who helped set up this dinner and get things organized for the next day. I love Jesse’s passion for photography and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve over the last year. If you live on Long Island and need a lifestyle or wedding photographer, hit him up!

Here is Jacob shooting with old Mayima film camera that belongs to one Heath O’Fee.

And speaking of Heath…here he is with his wife Brei. They flew in from Canada on the Tuesday before this Friday dinner and he shot the crap out of NYC. I love, love, love this guy…his portrait work has really gotten amazing and I’m starting to get jealous of the work he does.

Now this is Brian Furbush…whom is one of the funniest guys I know. He also takes great pictures. Of course, that depends on whether or not his 5D Mark II can focus or not. Here he is trying to make it work at dinner.

He recently took a fairly epic, epic shot of the RFK Bridge in NYC. Check it out when you get a chance. He was huge part of getting the dinner and Saturday photowalk put together, so a big thanks to not only Jesse, but Brian as well. You guys were awesome.

A shot of Heath with his Mayima. That thing’s shutter click was more manly than anyone else’s Nikon or Canon.

My buddy Chris DeAngelis was there too…and sadly not pictured at dinner. I have a shot of him below. An amazing guy, was awesome to meet up with him.

Saturday morning…after none of us got more than 4-5 hours of sleep, we met up at the Brooklyn Bridge Park for a sunrise shoot. We ended up being there for an hour or two, and then went off to breakfast.

But here are some pictures from our time in the park. It’s kind of funny how when you get tired of shooting bridges, or the light gets bad, you suddenly turn your camera on the people you’re with. We did a ton of shooting each other on this trip and it was a lot of fun.

Here is Jesse setting up a shot.

Heath posing for me.

Here’s DeAngelis. I mean, if there is a nicer guy on the planet than Chris, I’d have a hard time believing it. A great guy, great father…and I wish I had gotten to talk to him a bit more. Next time for sure man, especially when you come to AZ next year!


Heath with the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan in the background.

Here’s Jesse Instagram-ing…which we all did constantly.



Heath and Jesse

Finally, another shot of Jacob

Stay tuned for part two…where guys like Brian Matiash, Scott Wyden and Rich Williams make appearances.

  • Brian Furbush

    These shots are awesome man, and thanks for the shout on the RFK shot, very much appreciated.

  • Heath O’Fee

    Wow. Thanks so much for putting this together, man. It’s a great retrospective of that evening and morning…I’ll be coming back to revisit this post in the future – maybe even this afternoon.

  • LusterNYC

    This is such a cool idea – I love that your virtual community got together in the flesh.

  • Jim Denham

    Great image set of these guys and looks like an awesome time. Good for you guys!

  • Jesse

    One of the finest blog posts Ive ever read. What an honor to shoot with you and all of these “blokes.” That weekend could not have been better. One love.

  • A.Barlow

    That’s a cool set man. Walking around all day with a 400mm huh? Yikes!

  • Chris Nitz

    Cool set of portraits. Sounds like a kick ass good day. BTW, how’d the interview go?

  • Justin

    Awesome man! Looks like a great day with a bunch of good guys and obviously better halves!

  • Scott Wood

    Great images Mike. Sounds like everyone had a great time. I am curious though, why have lens hoods of they are on backwards. 🙂

  • Chris Frailey

    Great shots Mike. Looks like you guys had a blast.

  • Mike

    @ Chris – I think it went well! Was a bit more stressful than I thought it would be, but my wife said I rocked it, so whatever 🙂

    @ Scott – I was wondering that myself!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    What a great collection of shots from the evening and next morning! I really wish i had done more shooting of the shooting so I’m glad you got these! Thanks so much for the kind words too! It was fantastic meeting everyone! Oh and that shot of Jacob rules! Can’t wait to see part deux!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Looks like it was a killer weekend man. Great shots.

  • Jacob Lucas

    Great pics, great times. And yes, the rumours are true 😉

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    So many great shots here dude!

  • Jan Winther

    All you guys are to hard keep up with. You all do amazing stuff on your respective blogs.

    Great series as usual Mike.

  • Coral

    Awesome read thanks for sharing.

  • Adam Allegro

    Awesome post! Looks like it was a blast!! let me know if you are ever in Italy. Nice work!

  • Kris Koeller

    I love that first shot. Giant lens indeed!