Monthly Archives: May 2014

Fly in

Where: Teston, Kent, England




Between Meeting: On Vacation




I’m on a working vacation right now in England or as they say in the UK, “Holiday”.



Big news here is the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) could become less “United” with Scotland soon to vote on Devolution.



So in future we might have to call-out specific regions of the former UK and with that, I was reminded of this image shot on holiday in the village of Teston, County Kent, England.



Teston is a small Medway River town and every year they have a kite festival. Kite festivals are a big deal in England (Not sure about Scotland) and with a mix of blue skies and puffy clouds, it’s easy to succumb to postcard pictures. By getting on my back and shooting up at the person flying multiple kites, I was able to capture a portrait without a face letting the hat convey this person’s personality.



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Where: Rental Car Lot at LAX



Between Meeting: Heading to the Office




When I landed at LAX it was raining. Not a big deal, except in LA where it’s a major news event.



The local news stations send reporters to various parts of the city and later that night “Storm Watch” is broadcasted to the Southland letting those watching know that it, drum-roll please, rained.



These reports often consume 20% of the broadcast with rain amounts that wouldn’t keep this New Yorker off a golf course.



Knowing how Angelenos panic when it rains, I decided to make a soothing image. When I was choosing a car in the rental car lot I came across rainwater beading on the top of a sunroof. At the right angle and when going macro, the green tint of the sunroof glass made these beaded raindrops look like polished stones.



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Central Park or Lake Placid?

Where: New York, NY




Between Meeting: After IPC Annual Lunch





A few years ago I attended the annual International Photographic Council’s lunch at the United Nations.



My flight out of LaGuardia wasn’t until after 10pm which allowed me to look for pictures during golden hour.



Normally I head to my old stomping grounds in Chelsea, Tribeca or Soho. This area of The City was my old sales territory and the very heart of the Photo District.



But since I was on the East Side in a tony-neighborhood, I decided to stay out of my comfort zone and headed up to Central Park. It was frustrating at first looking at classic scenes of joggers, people out for a walk and the well-heeled having a late afternoon picnic. How boring…



One of the things I love about New York are the extremes between urban congestion and open spaces. With some basic camera techniques forcing flare and using selective focus for the best bokeh, I was able to make this picture look like a classic scene from the Adirondacks, vs its actual location where 4 million people could be found in a 4 mile radius.




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Where: North Hollywood, CA



Between Meeting: Stopped For Coffee



FrizI drink a lot of coffee and seek out Starbucks stores on a frequent basis.



Most Starbucks in North America have the same physical layout. There is a certain comfort in knowing that wherever I go, I know where the half and half can be found.



Almost all Starbucks with windows facing the street have semi-transparent blinds that are lowered to block the setting or rising sun.  When I find myself in a Starbucks and those inside are wincing due to the sun, I make sure I’m ready for some potentially great backlit stuff.



When the blind was lowered at this Starbucks in my native San Fernando Valley, the diffused but still semi-specular light, illuminated the short cropped hair of a woman reminding me of a total eclipse.



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Where: San Diego, CA



Between Meeting: Before Meeting with Prospective Ad Agency





We were visiting several Ad Agencies and listening to their pitches.



One Agency was based in San Diego. Instead of driving down from LA for the meeting, I spent the night in San Diego giving me the early morning to shoot in the Gas Light Quarter.



When I saw this broken street lamp I simply found the right angle for it to point at the moon.



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