I'm a young aspiring photographer that has a sweet tooth for HDR photography.


Take a Seat

I don’t know why but I found this old garage very interesting.  It had good symmetry but was put off balance by all of the flowers on the right side.  I love the vine reaching through the busy side of the frame to the ‘boring’ side of the garage.  I thought the whole thing worked well together.  I tried a composition that was zoomed into the right side with one of the doors and flowers.  Let’s just say that didn’t make the cut.   It would have been nice to get more detail of the flowers but that’s alright.  At least I tried.

I can see this old garage with its owner sitting in that old chair back during the towns prime.  Kind of makes me think of the movie Cars with the hopping town that was forgotten about because of the interstate system.


Carnation Fresh Milk

So last night I was so excited because I was actually able to do some real shooting for the first time in a couple months!  I took some back roads home and came across Sheldahl, Iowa.  A town I have never heard of.  It probably only had a population of a couple hundred.  It had some interesting things in it that I was able to capture such as the back half of an old milk truck.  I had to capture this!  I got a couple good angles and I was on my way to the next interesting thing.  Hopefully they turned out!

German Wall

I hope everyone had a great holiday!  I know I sure enjoyed the long weekend.  I love going through my old photos from Germany.  I always find new stuff I missed.  Not hard to do when you have 8,000 photos from the trip I guess.  This is just a simple abstract HDR from the small town of Fussen Germany.  Enjoy!


The U-505 exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is truly remarkable.  This U boat is one of five remaining from WWII worldwide with U-505 being the only one ever captured (and in one piece) during WWII.  We took a tour of this boat to get a perspective of what it was like to live on it.  The space was sparse.  It was hot and humid, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it was like during war time.  And did I mention it was really really cramp in there?  Even though we were able to get a taste of what it was like on the U-505 during its time at sea, it was just a small bite.  I couldn’t imagine being down 200 meters under the sea surface with the body heat of a 100 other men while having a destroyer dropping depth charges on you.  It is a scary scary thought.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!


Down the Alley

So this is my first image to use textures with.  I’m not a huge fan of textures but people such as Heath O’Fee and Chris Kenison are starting to convince me otherwise.  They have done some pretty nice stuff with texture, so go check them out!  When textures are done right (this image is a bad example) they can be pretty cool I must say.  This being my first, I was pretty timid with the textures.  I really just wanted to add a little more to the concrete and even less to the brick walls.  I don’t think it turned out too bad, but I’m not sure.  Give me your thoughts.  What do you use for textures?


I’m Back!


WOW!  It has been way too long since my last blog post.  I apologize to all of you for my month long hiatus.  It sure has been a busy month I must say.  I had some personal stuff to tend to.  Also I had two of my best friends fly in for a weeklong visit all the way from Maine and New Mexico.  Oh, and yeah, I got married followed by a weeklong honeymoon!  My lovely new wife and I took a trip out to Las Vegas, which was an amazing time.  We relaxed by the pool, went to the Cirque Du Soleil KA show (highly recommend), had some awesome food, did A LOT of people watching (there are some interesting folk there), and did a tiny bit of gambling (we came out ahead!).  One thing I REALLY REALLY wanted to do was go out and shoot.  But I was good and didn’t take pictures during the entire honeymoon (shh, don’t tell my wife one of the main reasons I didn’t was because I forgot a piece to my tripod back at home).  I was able to jimmy rig it so I could get a few night shots from our 20th floor balcony.  These shots are the only shots I took in the past month.  I must say I REALLY miss photography and am excited to get back into the swing of things.  It’s good to be back!

Blowing in the Wind

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Today we go way back to March when I stumbled on a worn down park shelter.  It was a windy day, as you can see by the rope blowing in the wind.  To get some shots of this door I had to prop it open so it wouldn’t move on me.   This is one of my first shots I’ve done to show natural motion within the scene.  Sometime I forget that it is alright to have things moving in your frame.  It gives a whole new layer to the photograph that adds more interest.  It can help to put the viewer right there in the moment of the shot.

He’s Praying Over You…

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Mine got better after I got my computer up and running.  Since my photo week fell short on Friday because of those computer troubles I thought I would do one more photo of the giant bug sculptures today.  I have gotten a lot of very positive feedback on this mini series.  I wanted to say thank you very much for those kind words.  This image is of the praying mantis that was placed in the center of where my fiancée and I wanted to get married. Wouldn’t this have been cool to have in the background of our photos?  haha.  We’ll see what our photographer can do with the bugs for our photos after the ceremony, he is a fun and creative guy.  Check him out over at http://www.taber-photography.com/.  Let me know if you have any creative poses to help us out from the few photos you’ve seen.  I really wish there would have been more clouds in the sky but the flat blue keeps the mantis the main focus of the image.  Enjoy!

Spider Trumps Mosquito

Today’s image is dedicated to my photo buddy Mr. Chris Nitz (Check his awesome site out, http://www.chrisnitz.com) who hoped for a spider to come along and eat the annoying mosquito from yesterday’s post.  I also wondered what Chris did. Why would someone create a sculpture, what I think to be, the most annoying bug on the planet.  Correct me if I’m wrong but do you know of any more annoying bugs than a mosquito?

Giant Mosquito

Today’s image is another of the giant bugs in the local botanical gardens.  Like I said yesterday, I really wasn’t sure what to expect out of these.  When I first heard that the gardens was going to put bugs around the grounds, something really really tacky came to my mind.  I was pleasantly surprised when I laid my eyes on the sculptures for the first time.  I just did some more research on them, and the artist is David Roger.  He is based out of New York and sculpts the over sized insects by hand using many types of different materials.  I guess this exhibit travels all over the U.S.  You can learn more about Dave and his work on his website, www.big-bugs.com.  What a fitting name!

I did some experimenting with image and its processing.  I was trying to go for a nuclear/fall out look.  You know, that some nuclear waste created these giant bugs.  What do you think?