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WHY I DO WHAT I DO:
Photography is my way of practicing communicating what I see in those moments where our tangible ever-changing world inspires some feeling -- some thought that is significant. A little snippet of the bare truthful beauty we can all feel every day if you just know how to look and comprehend what you see. Photography trains my eye -- it teaches me to see the patterns and natural order in the apparent chaos of the universe we live in. These same experiences are what drive my scientific and spiritual curiosity as a geologist and fellow self-aware conscious being. It is my way to document my own take on this world we all have the pleasure of experiencing. It is a way for me try to preserve a moment so that I can share some part of that experience with you -- so you can make it your own, whatever you may learn, feel, or be reminded of from it. For me, photography is an evolving reflection of how the technical left side of my brain works with what the creative right side wants to capture and share. I hope my work communicates something to you, and most of all that while looking at it you can at least take one breath with a quieter mind!
A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF:
My passions in life stem directly from my intuitive love, need, and respect of the natural world. Aside from photography, I also love geology, solitude, my dog, rock climbing, wine, skiing, Tenkara fly fishing, backpacking, yoga, living in Wyoming, Eastern philosophies, quantum mechanics, Tool, a good laugh, life, and the great outdoors.
Although I now love and live in Laramie, Wyoming, my passion for photography began when I wanted to capture certain aspects of the natural beauty of Seneca Creek by my house in Maryland where I grew up and spent many summer afternoons lounging by the water.
As someone with a bachelors and masters degree in Geology, it is my personal goal to understand and appreciate how the earth works on many different scales. I take a scientific approach to learn about the earth's systems and use the art of photography to explore, express, and appreciate the finer details and powerful feelings that the outdoors invoke. To me, the line between art and science is blurry, and one that often needs to be removed.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Michigan and the Appalachian Mountains as well, and I will forever be a student exploring all the trails, smells, mountains, and aspects of the outdoors. I love to find and photograph details in nature that move me in some way and remind me to take a breath and appreciate the world we live in a little more. I hope that I can inspire you to do the same.
Below is the equipment that I use:
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon Rebel XT
- Nikon Coolpix S51
- Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
- UV filters
- Polarizing Filters
- Lee Resin 4x6" Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filters
- Manfrotto 190CX3 Tripod
- Manfrotto 488RC2 Ballhead
Programs and Workflow
- Adobe Lightroom 3
- Adobe Photoshop CS5
- Photomatix for HDR and Tone Mapping
- Geosetter and Google Earth for geotagging
- Spyder3Pro for color calibration
Camera Bags and What's Always In Them
- F-stop Loka Backpack
- Tamrac Expedition 5 Photo Backpack
- Lowepro Inverse 200 Beltpack
- Canon lens hoods
- Tracing paper (quick and easy for diffusing light)
- Remote Cable Release
- Head lamp to paint with light for night time exposures
- Garmin GPS Map 62s for geotagging images and navigation
- Extra food, water, fishing pole, and my survival basics (flint, matches, compass) in case my trip gets extended.
My dog, Sen,
is my trustworthy partner for
all my adventures.
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