Red Head

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/2.8, iso 100, 1/160th)

Happy Friday to you all! Excited about today…the family and I have a big photoshoot in front of the Session Nine cameras this evening and we’re stoked. Been about four years since we last had pictures taken and that was without our little girl along for the ride. Going to be epic!

This image was just a simple scene in New York’s Central Park. A red headed woman quietly reading a book surrounded by a green island in the middle of a giant concrete jungle.

So cool.

Please click on the photo to see it with the black background.

When Harry Met Sally

Music Man - New York Central Park

(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/1.8, iso 400, 1/320 // buy print)

I’ve been waiting and waiting for a time when I could use this film for Movie Title Wednesday and it’s finally here. It took a trip to New York to make it happen, but that is perfectly okay with me.

When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favorite movies. In fact, I wanted to join my wife in visiting The Met just so we could stand in that one spot and practice saying “Pecaan pieeeeeee…pecan pieeeeeeee.” Probably the best romantic comedy ever, but I think it kind of transcends that “chick flick” status into a classic. You have to see it. Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at their best. A movie spanning years and ending on New Year’s Eve in New York. Funny, heartwarming…unforgettable.

This photo is one of my favorites from the trip. I was dying to use it for the movie series, but I couldn’t think of a title until of course I talked to my wife. I had already thought of WHMS, but didn’t connect the dots too well. Yeah, it’s set in New York, just like my photo. But my wife remembered how the movie is full of awesome, big band music. Harry Connick Jr….It Had to Be You. Good stuff.

Which works perfectly with this old man playing a saxophone in Central Park. Not to mention the fact my wife and I were together, exploring the park…kind of like Harry and Sally wandering around New York.

This actually wasn’t a simple shoot and keep moving. I took my time composing this. Trying to figure just where to place the man at the end of the tunnel. How much of the blurred wall to show. But the bigger aspect was employing some patience I don’t usually possess. The guy wasn’t facing in this direction the entire time. It took maybe 30 seconds to finally snap the photo with him perfectly silhouetted exactly how I wanted.

I think a younger version of me from not even that long ago would have just shot and kept on walking.

All the crazy time we spent shooting bridges and I knew a shot like this would be more meaningful to me than anything else. That’s why I love photography.


So what do a group of photographers do when they get bored of shooting stuff around them, or have to wait 30 minutes for a large table at John’s Pizzeria?

Turn the cameras on each other, of course. Become our own paparazzi. The photo above of my pal Brian Matiash kind of says it all. Someone is off-camera left shooting a picture of him, then a second guy is on the right taking a picture too for some reason, and thus I completed the trifecta in an attempt to capture BM in his element: the center of attention *grin*

Most of the shots in this blog post take place while we waited to eat some just amazing pizza after we had been photowalking since 5:30am. The food was delish, but the company was the real treat.

So here are my final portrait images from the trip to New York. They were tall taken with the 35mm 1.4. Had a blast. Met awesome peeps. Ate fantastic grub. And hopefully furthered some friendships that will last a long, long time.

Before the pizza, Jesse Pafundi was playing with Jacob’s huge ass 400mm lens. This is the shot Jesse was lining up below, from his perch on the Brooklyn Bridge.

My boy Chris Deangelis from Fresno.

The MAN Rich Williams, responsible for all kinds of amazing portrait shots himself.

My Aussie pal Jacob Lucas.

Brian Furbush…hilarious dude, totally awesome meeting this guy.

The Canadi-man…Heath O’Fee…I always do my best to shoot this guy at his most awkward. Some of you may have seen my Instagram of him on the subway *grin*

Brian Matiash shooting with the 70-200.

Love, love, love this shot of Scott Wyden. He’s a solid dude.

Heath shooting with his awesome old Mayima film camera.

Never can get enough of BM.

Chris D!!!

Here is Rich…going from checking his camera’s LCD playback to….

…instant smile!

HDR Workshop: Afterword

Last Saturday I held my first ever HDR workshop, which I dubbed “HDR: a primer”. It was kind of a primer for me too, as it’s the first time I’ve run a workshop period and the learning experience was intense.

A few things I’m thankful for: First, the people who signed up. We had four attendees…Denver, Kerry, Lamont and Chris…and I’m so appreciative of those guys participating and supporting this effort. It meant a lot to me.

Secondly, Rick Young. The guy is a solid, solid friend and has taught me a lot. He joined the fun to help out, pass along his workflow where needed and even printed out keyboard shortcut sheets for Photoshop and Lightroom. It wouldn’t have been as successful without him…thanks buddy.

Finally, my wife for bringing Oreganos for all to enjoy. You all know how amazingly supportive she is…but now she’s brought donuts to our photowalk and then dinner for the workshop. They were both her ideas too. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

The workshop started off with round-the-room introductions, which turned out to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the time together. I think it lasted around 45 minutes and we really got to know what everyone shoots, what they use, why the like it and how they got started. Awesome to get to know everyone a lot better.

We talked about HDR, the basics…and showed some awful examples of what the worskhop was hoping to teach people to avoid. We went out and did a short photowalk to get some brackets and then returned for some food and beer and processing.

Overall, I think it went well. Rick gave me a B+/A- grade, so you can’t ask for much better than that on your first attempt. I definitely know there were areas to improve upon and things I need to know a bit better.

Again, thanks to all who helped make this possible. Dave Wilson and David J. Nightingale sent me information on their own Austin, Texas workshop which really aided me in getting my presentation down, so I appreciate that fellas!

The photos here are just some candids I took from our walk around the Central Avenue and Roosevelt area. Hope you enjoy!