The Best New Year Present

It’s the New Year and that means new promises to oneself for improving the quality of life. Everyone has a new year resolution and no matter how big or small it might be, whatever it is, it’s important to you. One thing that might get overlooked but can be the best gift you can give yourself is knowledge. Now that can come in many different forms but it can only be obtained if you really try. Whether it’s through the radio, television, web or even a book, spend some time each day and learn something new. You never know when that one thing you might learn can come into play in your life. With photography that knowledge can mean new ideas and inspiration for photographs which is always a good thing.


It’s Finally Time to Go!

That’s right today’s the day that I fly down for Photoshop World. I don’t know where the last six months have gone but I don’t really care at the moment because I’m just that excited about going to Vegas. Photoshop World is always a ton of fun and I always leave feeling both tired and wanting to do more with my photography. What’s in store I don’t know but I’m sure it will be great!


Now I wish I could say that I will be flying this down to Vegas…..but I’m not. Commercial as usual. This is from a previous Precon at Stallion 51 down in Florida which we had three P-51 Mustangs and a L-39. What’s in store for this Precon? I don’t know.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 24-70 AF-S f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Photoshop World is next Week!!

It’s literally almost here! Only a couple of more days and I will be at Photoshop World Vegas! I simply cannot wait. If there was any one event that brought creativity, energy and inspiration together in one place for four days this is it. Having gone to PSW since 2009 I am greatly looking forward to seeing what this event has in store!


This shot was taken while I was walking around Washington DC in the Spring of 2012 at Photoshop World. At that time it was late Cherry Blossom season and the tourists filled the streets making it difficult to find a clean calm shot. Not my norm to photograph people, but when you have a shot you have to take it. Just goes to show where the inspiration of PSW can take you.

Summer Fun

A while back I met this guy that did some pretty out of this world photography, quite literally. We became pretty good friends and now share an apartment. Well during the school year he’s mighty busy teaching science to 4th graders but now that it’s Summer, Ryan has been quite busy capturing new images of the stars and showing them with the rest of us. This is one of his newest ones, it’s called the Sombrero Galaxy. I can’t imagine why that is. Personally I think it looks like one of those giant cinnamon sugar cookies but then i could just be hungry. Anyways I thought it was interesting enough to share and if you want to see more head over to his site.

Ryans Astronomy

Simple Patterns

Lately we’ve been having a lot of storms come through town which is great because it is mid Summer and more water is always welcome to keep the temperatures down and fires away. I always like watching the storms as they move through, the patterns in which the emerge and disappear I find interesting. Since my office looks south towards the Gallatin Mountains I get a pretty good view of the storm as it moves over the peaks. Sometimes the clouds are interesting and some times they are just black. Well this is one of those occasions where the clouds were interesting but the light sucked. So I kept it simple by just going with the patterns.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 24-70 AF-S f/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Precon is Here!

After months of waiting and preparing it’s time for Photoshop World! Having just flown in last night I am totally pumped to be back in Orlando for PSW. Right now there is no better way to start off the week then with the Precon. Every event I have been too in the past has had great Precons. Each one is different and each one yields different results. I truly cannot wait to see what happens at today’s Precon Photo Safari.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 24-70 AF-S f/2.8, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Some Out of This World Talent

My good buddy, Ryan Hannahoe, has yet again captured an image that blow my mind. This is a 35 hour, six panel mosaic of the Nebulae Scorpius that he just got finished and posted on his blog. Talk about time devotion to one photograph. I love seeing his work because I know it’s the one area of photography that I will never get too, so it’s nice to see someone else achieving such far reaching goals.

Rayn's Nebulae

A PBY For Your Thoughts

I always dislike the days when inspiration just isn’t coming to me and i have to basically force it out. Those are the times when it’s hardest to blog. I didn’t want to leave the day blank so i dug this up as just a quick flyby. It does however keep in theme with this week though. One of my favorite planes is the PBY. This multi-engine float plane was ideal for sea rescues, scouting, and transportation from Navy bases. Not many have survived in today’s world due to the rigorous work that is involved with keeping it flying. However, in mind it has always been and will always be one of the iconic aircraft for black and white images.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Working through the Files

It seems like the never ending story, the constant desire and need to get everything processed and into the gallery. With Aviation it seems that the files never stop growing and the need to keep processing those files doesn’t end. It’s a little different with critters, it goes by a need to need basis with no processing required. One of the perks you could say. Well everyday I keep working on bits an pieces getting everything updated, here’s one that i just got finished.

A while back Dad and I did touch and goes in a HU-16 Albatross over Lake Tahoe. It was a ton of fun and since it was January there was still snow on the mountains. I had never done aerial work before but it was a ton of fun. It was a whole new perspective looking at the land, and it amazed me how much of the Sierra’s isn’t seen from below.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 24-70 AF-S F/2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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