The G9 goes to Costa Rica…

Whelp… it’s almost 4am and my cab should be here in a few.  Off to sunny beaches and warm weather 🙂

This is a “light and fast” backpacking trip, so carrying a lot of gear was out of the question.  Meaning it will just be me and my G9 and a bunch of memory cards.  I even decided against bringing a strobe <gasp!>

we’ll see how it goes, I have quite a bit of faith in the G9…

Shameless self promition…

So I’ve been a fan of JPG magazine since it started, but never really submitted anything to it.   However, when they announced their upcoming issue’s theme of “fairy tale” I knew I had to submit a shot.  It was a choice between this and “sunshine in the rain” (my homepage image), but in the end I felt this one was more fairy-tale-ish, albeit darker.  Anyway, if y’all like it, go here and vote for it to be published in issue 21!

F/1.0 hacked – not to worry, we’re back!

I went to show my portfolio to someone this afternoon, and to my dismay discovered that typing in my web address redirected to some obviously spammy page!!!  After a frantic email to my hosting provider, things seem to be back to normal <whew>  Not sure exactly when or for how long the site was down, but can’t have been more than a few hours since I was on this morning making my other posts.

Anyway, my sincere apologies to anyone who visited during the outage and got redirected to the spamsite!

New portfolios!

Since I’ve been doing a *ton* of work recently, I decided it was about time to update my portfolio on f/1.0

Kinda streamlined things a bit, lots of new work in the “people” section.

Check it out here or click on the “portfolio” link on the right

I’ve also decided to separate a lot of my personal work/projects onto flickr, rather than cluttering up the portfolio per-se – check out MY FLICKR STREAM here, and look for more updates in the weeks to come…

From Miami Beach

Had a wonderful vacation, some well needed downtime/R&R.  Lots of beach/eating/sleeping and not much else 🙂  Not a lot of photography either, but a few interesting shots.  First were the *enormous* iguanas that were roaming the pool area by my family’s condo.  Seriously these things were huge… just kind of strolling around like they owned the place

A quick shot from the balcony of the hotel we went to for the evening of the 4th…

(this was shot at iso3200… I am absolutely floored by how clean and detailed the 5d is at 3200.  it is light years ahead of any crop-sensor camera I have used)

Finally one evening we had a spectacular lightning storm… the view over the ocean and the bay was fantastic as we watched the lighting move across into downtown Miami

(yes the second one is a bit blurry as I didn’t have a tripod, but the bolt was so cool it was hard to pass up)

Finally a few random snaps from here and there (along with the above, couldn’t figure out how to separate them out!)

on vacation…

just a quick post… on vacation right now in Miami Beach visiting family.  Minimalist camera gear – 5d, 24-105, 50/1.8 and the G9 for snapshots 🙂

Just a few snapshots – no cable to upload them, but we saw the biggest iguanas I’ve ever seen in my life.  Seriously these things were huge – had to be about 5′ head to tail.  Just strolling around the pool at my relatives condo… Got a few shots with the G9.  what a trip.   

back this coming Wednesday, a real post when I get back!

F/1.0 turns 1!

well, officially not till tomorrow – but I’m going to be out of town, so we’ll celebrate a day early!

1 year ago today, I embarked on this strange experiment of “blogging” that all the kids are doing nowadays.   And I kind of like it.  I know I’ve broken pretty much all the rules of writing a “proper” blog (particularly not posting on a regular schedule), but cut me some slack, I’m still a n00b.

As such, my primary resolution for this blog for the upcoming year is to maintain a regular 3x/week posting schedule – probably sun/tue/thur.  We’ll see how it goes!

Also, since it’s only been recently that I’ve started to get any kind of real traffic, I’m going to be reposting some of my earlier articles, for those new to the blog who may have missed them.

A big thanks to all my readers and commenters, and I’m looking forward to another great year!


Philly Strobist meetup – 6/1/08

Had a fantastic strobist meetup this past weekend in old city. Buncha fellow strobists showed up – Myself, Dan, Peter, Eddie, Eric, Ryan, Ray, and Gino (I think that’s everyone, if I left anyone out email me!)

And of course, our wonderful models who endured our shenanigans with poise and humor for almost 5hrs, Stephanie, Marina, Svitlana, and Elitka.

We met at my studio on in old city, and after assembling (along with tons of gear) we ventured out into the wilds of independence park
We started off at a the nice “cobblestone-y” area around the Ritz, and used a set of beautiful curved staircases for backdrops, with wide angle lenses to practice balancing flash/sky exposure. Got some nice shots, and then moved over to the picturesque little alley next to the old city tavern.

We then moved over to the steps of the first bank of the US, where we proceded to take over the sidewalk (and even the street!)

One of the best surprises of the evening came around 7:15 – we were still shooting on the steps, when the sun hit just the right spot in the sky, turning the glass building across the street into one giant reflector, throwing this beautiful *intense* warm light everywhere! We did a bunch of non-strobed shots, taking advantage of the spectacular natural light. It’s these little surprises that really make an event like this!

We wound down the evening in the park, doing some shots with greenery etc… and then to Buffalo Billiards for the survivors for the celebratory post-shoot beer (the most important part of any shoot). All in all a great time, and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

And of course the results: check the FLICKR THREAD as we post our shots from the meet! Looks like some really great stuff!

upgrading to wordpress 2.5

Just a note that I’m going to be updating to wordpress 2.5 tomorrow. v.2.5 has a whole slew of new features including built in gallery support (no more relying on greybox embedded lightroom galleries!) and I’m totally stoked to move my site to it. I haven’t had any problems with upgrades in the past, but in case something goes wrong, there is the potential for downtime, so bear with me!

new galleries – Feedback?

After weighing the pros and cons, I’ve decided to go with a new gallery layout.   I like the whole “slidestrip” type layout as it offers a logical progression through the images rather than just randomly clicking thumbnails.  I also like the fact that it is a “click through” rather than “autoadvance” (which I hate).

(it’s also *much* easier to maintain on the backend, but that’s neither here nor there)

If you haven’t seen ’em click on over to:

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new interface.