The Gallery Is Open

Okay, I have a few pictures up so far. I'll add to them later (subscribe to the gallery's feed to be the first to know!) I apologize for the URL change from'm still trying to work out some kinks with the servers.

Save Hundreds!!!

Today I learned a very important lesson about shooting with hot-shoe strobes mounted on light stands: If the stand you're using has an aluminum hot shoe adapter, put a piece of electrical tape over the part where the flash's hot shoe contacts go. This two-minute, basically free tip ($0.89 if you don't own a roll of electrical tape) can save you hundreds of dollars--not to mention the anger and wasted time!

This tip was brought to you by Strobist, one of my favorite sites for common-sense how-to help. Add it to your feeds--you'll thank me later.

You know you're a photographer when...

  1. You turn a light on in the morning and you curse your eyes for not stopping down fast enough.
  2. Everything in your life just clicks.
  3. You lose track of a dramatic conversation between two characters in a movie because you're too busy paying attention to the nice bokeh behind them.
  4. You lose track of the entire movie by thinking about which lenses were used in each shot.
  5. You go on a road trip timing everything to get the best light at the places you want to stop.
  6. Your idea of fun is to spend 2 hours standing in Ritz Camera and mentally correcting the salespeople.
  7. You own tens of thousands in optical glass, all happily paid for (no credit) and yet you live in a dingy downtown apartment, own nothing but jeans and shorts for wardrobe, don't have cable and watch the three local stations on a 16 year old Sears 20" color TV, and drive a POS '86 Corolla with a cracked windshield and rattling muffler that you paid $850.00 for three years ago.
  8. 1 GB of memory lasts most people a month but barely lasts you the afternoon.
  9. You know what aperture-priority means.
  10. You delete more photos in a week than most people make all year.
  11. You need just one more lens.
  12. You’ve crawled on the ground to get a shot of something rusty.
  13. You find yourself nodding, agreeing and laughing at everything you're reading on this page.
  14. Your camera equipment is worth more than your car.
  15. No one else brings a camera to an event if they know you’re coming.
  16. Your family doesn’t recognize you without a camera covering your face.
  17. You have thousands of pictures and you’re not in any of them.
  18. You’ve been up before dawn or out in the freezing cold or even done something semi-dangerous…all for a photograph.
  19. You have a picture of your cameras and other equipment in your profile and title it "Weapons of Choice."

New Portfolio

Hey everybody. I'm working on setting up an entirely new online storefront where all my images will be available for purchase as fine-art prints. Zenfolio is incredibly inexpensive for the website services they offer. Check them out! And tell them I sent you by using referral code XT5-TX2-JCY.

Home Sweet Home

Man, it feels great to be back on solid ground!

It's finally over. The never-ending days, the meals that never quite hit the spot, the sleep that was always over too soon, the stress that just wouldn't stop, the six-month stress test that I thought I would never make it through--it's all over. I can't express how I felt on the 8th, when I stepped onto the pier and saw Karen for the first time. Imagine how your body feels after a killer workout--that feeling of everything relaxing--and multiply that by 100. I think I actually grew three inches after taking all that load off my shoulders.

Long story short, it's good to be home, off the boat, back with Karen. I have been home for a week now and I haven't done anything. It's been wonderful. Actually, a little less than wonderful because I came down with a 104° fever the day we pulled in, but I'd rather be sick in port than healthy underway.

The cruise book is essentially done. All the pictures are taken, with the exception of a few people on leave. To be honest, I realize now that when I agreed to do the cruise book I may have bitten off more than I could chew. It's been a gigantic hassle. You wouldn't believe how many of my crew--some guys I've known for years--told me they wouldn't have their picture taken. Flat out no. I have one more CD to deliver--shots from the day we pulled in--but other than that and some final layout touches, it's finished. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

I shot about 3600 pictures throughout the deployment, all in all. It's been very easy to organize and edit them with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, although now I'm transitioning away from the laptop loaned to me by the boat. I've decided to keep my photography on portable storage now, using the Maxtor One Touch III 160GB external hard drive. My plan now is to start pushing my 'regular' photography--the art I was working on prior to deployment--and work on making some decent sales this year.