Monthly Archives: April 2013


Where: Orlando, Florida



Between Meeting: After Photoshop World





I’ve been traveling to Orlando for several years to attend trade shows.  Its one of my least favorite places because its clean, modern e.g. no Dano Pictures.




After Photoshop World last week in Orlando, I finally got a picture when strong raking light fell on these two teenagers waiting in the lobby of my hotel.








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Inside the Bubble Again

Where: San Diego, CA



Between Meeting: Sunday Before Monday Morning Meeting





The airport in San Diego is right in the heart of the city.   While some find the view on final approach a bit nerve racking, I always see it as an opportunity to do an aerial scout for pictures.



On this occasion, I saw some kind of festival that was seemingly across the street from the airport.  Sure enough, the festival was taking place in the Spanish Landing Park which is only 5 minutes from the rental car lot.



At the far end of the festival were giant plastic bubbles people would climb into and bounce around in a fenced-in area.  These were land versions of the water bubbles I had photographed before.



With my lens maxed out at 300mm, I was able to crop out elements that would have given this scene context vs the ethereal and abstract look.



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Looooong Exposure

Where: Black Canyon City, Arizona



Between Meeting: Delayed Ad Shoot




We were in Chandler Arizona last summer shooting a Finish Strong ad.  This ad in the campaign featured Moose Peterson photographing a rare war-bird while in flight from a chase plane.



In the pre-flight briefing, a series of comprehensive safety measures were reviewed and if there were any concerns during the shoot, both planes would immediately return to the airport.



The two planes took off before dawn the next day, circled the runway twice, then both returned.  There was a concern.  It was minor and quickly resolved, but the light was only good for 45 minutes and that window was gone.  We decided to try again the next day which left me with a free day.



I started to plan where I could take pictures later in the afternoon when the light would be at its best.  It was the end of June and in Chandler it was Hot!  So I did search to see if there were any events taking place at higher altitudes in the mountains outside of Chandler.  In that search I came upon a web site describing abandoned Arizona landmarks.  Most of these were Wild West type of places that were too far away except for an old Dog Racing Track.  This track was about 2 hours away and at a higher elevation, so I thought it would be both cool and cooler.



When I opened the car door 2 hours later and felt the blast of hot desert air, I quickly realized in the summer, there was little difference in temperature between sea level and an elevation of 2000 feet.  I stuck two bottles of water in empty pockets and started to explore the clubhouse of the abandoned facility.



Most of the site had been picked clean and while there was a lot of broken glass and twisted metal, it was a bit dull looking.  When I went deeper into the old clubhouse I came across floor tiles broken into a million pieces and a single chair left in the dark shadows.  The temperature was now even hotter as there was no moving air and it was pretty dark where it took a good 30 seconds for my eye to adjust to the dim light.


I moved the chair to a position with less distracting elements and where it would be dimly back-lit for a sense of dimension.



For the best quality I set the ISO to 100 and my resulting shutter speed at F25 was a full minute.  I was going to try a few different angles but knew I had to get out of the stifling air before losing consciousness and settled on this one scene.



While the image was relatively monochromatic, I still converted to BW which when combined with the long exposure, produced a ghostly feel.



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The Prophet

Where: San Francisco, CA



Between Meeting: Enroute to a Video Editing Session





Instead of taking the more scenic route to my appointment in the Presidio,  I drove through San Francisco’s infamous Tenderloin District.



While many consider the Tenderloin to be an unsavory and dangerous part of town, for me its where the some of the most interesting people can be found.



When I spotted this person in a wheelchair wearing a crown I had to stop and try for a photograph.  As I walked closer to the man he said, “I see you want to take a picture”.  I said, “I’ve never photographed a King before”.  He then told me he was not a King but a Prophet.   Then he said, “You know its $5 to photograph the Prophet”.  And I said, “OK”.



While some might say its inappropriate to pay a person for this type of image, but for $5, I got the picture.



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