Lightning over San Xavier Mission from tonights storm over Tucson. July 26th. 2016 9:56PM
I was out there for two hours and most of the lightning was hitting on the Eastside of Tucson I was hoping storm would build out toward the Mission and it was starting to rain. You cant really shoot lightning in the rain so I asked the storm, "Just Give me One good Bolt of Lightning So I can go Home" and the storm replied, BOOM. 178 second exposure at F8 with a Nikon D800 with a 35mm Nikkor lens.
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Full Moon Rises over Downtown Tucson, Arizona
After driving around west of downtown I located a new place to shoot from. I jumped out of the car and set up tripod with the 600mm lens. I had the doubler on at first but it was too tight of a shot. The moon was hiding behind the haze and dust just above the Rincon Mountains. I was able to shoot some photos after the moon cleared the clouds and haze, there was even enough light in the sky to illuminate the buildings downtown. You can order prints by clicking on the Paypal links or contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vintage Neon Swimmer Sign on South 6th Ave for the American Planning Association
After making several trips out to this sign it finally all came together on New Years Eve 2015. The photo was for created for a story on the historic sign zoning rules and how they were changed so that these old signs could be rebuilt and updated but still preserve their original designs. When I originally showed up on site the timer was set too late for the ideal sky light and the light that illuminates the iconic swimmer had rotated in the wrong direction. I had the sign company come out and fix the light and the timer was reset to come on at the perfect time. I ended up shooting this image new years eve and was able to get the image to the client just in time for their deadline. A big thank you to Tim Cook who's company, Cooks Sign Co did the original restoration of the sign and for coming out to fix the sign during the holidays.
Bernie Sanders Rally at the Tucson Convention Center 2016
I like this shot the best out of all my shots from the Sanders Rally with the energy of the crowd and how they are trying to get a photo with Sanders with their phones and I like that all you can see is the back of Sanders head. March 18th 2016 at the Tucson Convention Center Arena, Tucson, Arizona.
September 26th 2015, 5:50 AM on the North Kaibab Trail, North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Descending down the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on the North Kaibab Trail. We started at at 4:10 AM it was about 37 degrees at the trail head and this shot is 1/2 hour before sunrise. This photograph is shot at 25,000 ASA at 1/30th of a second at F1.8 almost completely dark. While it looks light enough to see without a light it was not but just enough light to make the canyon walls show up. From lead to back, Clariza her father Lorrell, Leanne, Danielle, and Geoff and I was around the bend on the other side at the end. It was my first time hiking in the Grand Canyon and my first time back there since 1987.
Lightning over Silver Bell Mountains July 28th 2015 8:21PM
A classic monsoon thunderstorm West of Tucson, Arizona, with lightning in the Silver Bell Mountains on the West side of Avra Valley.
Lightning over Gates Pass July 28th 2015 7:41PM
Close lightning bolts hit over the top of Gates Pass West of Tucson, Arizona, it was really close!
Running Man Lightning Bolt over the Catalina Mountains July 16th 2015 8:00 PM
A unusual lightning bolt looks like a man running across the the Santa Catalina Mountains North of Tucson, Arizona.
Noam Chomsky Having a Conversation with a Red Leather Chair March 15th 2015
Noam Chomsky came to Tucson to speak at the University of Arizona Centennial Hall as part of the Tucson Festival of Books. Sponsored by the Nation Magazine and UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The talk was great and I had a good position to shoot the stage from my place in the audience. Although one persons head in the crowd stuck up in the photo blocking the part of the carpet and chair. So when the performance was over I made sure I shot a photo of the empty chair and carpet so I would have the file I could use to fix the others. When I started fixing the file I realized I could put the empty red leather chair from Copenhagen in place of interviewer John Nichols, there by making it look like Noam is having a conversation with an empty chair.
I like it! Its a conceptual image of a brilliant guy, which could be used in a multitude of different stories about how Chomsky thinks.
A giant moon rises over the Imperial Sand Dunes State Park near the California-Arizona border. This image will be available on the Tucson Open Studio Tour April 18th-19th 2015 stop by my studio and see some new work.
Vintage Nikon S4 Camera w Nippon Kogaku 50mm 1.4 Nikkor S Lens.
This vintage Nikon S4 Camera was marked EP making one of the rarest S4 Cameras made. The S4 was made for the Japanese market and only 5500 were in produced, the EP marked cameras were sold at US Military bases in Japan and the the distance scale was marked in Feet instead of Meters. It was certainly a rare beautiful rangefinder camera. It was sold on Ebay and went back to Japan.
Sunset Gates Pass 2015
The huge winter sun sets over Gates Pass in The Tucson Mountains west of Tucson, Arizona. This image is part of a new series of images I'm working on shot with a 1200mm lens from Babat Daug Point on the Catalina Highway. This fine art print is also on display at the Contreras Gallery here in Tucson and will also be available on the Tucson Open Studio Tour April 18th-19th 2015 stop by my studio and see some new work.
Fireworks over J.W. Marriott Resort Tucson in Starr Pass July 4th 2013
A spectacular fireworks display at the J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa Tucson located at Starr Pass in the Tucson Mountains.
Severe Thunderstorm Blackett’s Ridge August 13th 2008
A severe thunderstorm moves over Thimble Peak and Blackett’s Ridge Trail above the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The most severe lightning storm we have seen in 10 years in Tucson Arizona. This image was just featured in an article in the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. Fine art photographic prints of this image are available in the Storms Lightning II section on the Fine Art page.
This shot was created for a client who makes drill an attachment that drills through glass. To create this photo we started with one inch thick glass plate and shot a real photo of the tool actually in action. We spent some time working on setting up dramatic lighting that would feature the product and its specialty. The glass was really expensive so we wanted to have it all figured out before we began. This is the main image on the front page of the products web site. The drill is turning the water is flowing and we only had to drill one hole to get it right!
This is a shot of downtown Tucson photographer Jeff Smith for a story in Zocalo Magazine.
This was an advertisement for MOCA Tucson in Art Forum Magazine. Olivier who's not really big on having his photo taken brought these painters in from out of town and they painted the car in the back of his studio. The finished car was in a show at MOCA titled "The Artist as the Collector". This advertisement, designed by David Huffman ran a full page. See the Published section for other publications.
Mathematics Professor Bill McCallum at the University of Arizona. The hardest thing about shooting this photo was getting the blackboard behind him really clean, there was a lot of chalk residue to deal with and he had some fun placing some nice clean graphic back on the board I'm not sure what it all means but it was a fun portrait to take. See Portraits some other people I've photographed.
Erick Boomer is a Nationally known Kayaker who was heading down to Mexico from Canada. I was hired by McCleans magazine in Canada to intercept him on the freeway so that I could shoot a photo of him before the sun set. It was one of those lost communication things where his cell phone was dying and I was supposed to spot his truck on the freeway headed in the opposite direction about 80 miles west of here. It all worked out and I was able to shoot the images in a field out off of Interstate 8 by Casa Grande with 15 minutes of sunlight. Just enough for the shot.
Local Tucson Artist Gavin Hugh Troy has the tinniest window that lets in the most beautiful light into his studio. I try to shoot a photo of him each time I visit his studio. Want to purchase one of Gavin's paintings? http://www.citizensart.com/Gavin-Hugh-Troy
Susan Wink is the Artist who created this stop for the Modern Street Car in Front of Time Market. She hired me to shoot a series of images of the stop and I was actually able to time out a shot with the street car zooming through the image. This was the first time i had seen the street car in action.
Where does love come from? These are stills taken from a video project I shot entirely with my phone. I interviewed 120 people with my phone and have about 400 video clips to edit into one big movie about love. Have editing skills and want to be part of this amazing project contact me! To see other projects that are in production click on the project link.
Double Page Ad in Sports Illustrated for the Chicago White Sox. I photographed all the players for this White Sox ad campaign for Energy BBDO Chicago. We shot players against a plain backdrop and they held up blank white signs. I was only able to shoot each player for about three minutes so we had to everything ready to go and work really quickly. They composited this whole image from the individual my player photographs. These were used in many different types of ads from the sides of buses to the ad space above your head in the elevated train.
Moon Rise Over Sabino Canyon 1995
A giant moon rises up over Blackett's Ridge in Sabino Canyon photographed with a Nikon 800mm lens on Kodak film. This image will be available on the Tucson Open Studio Tour April 18th-19th 2015 stop by my studio and see some new work!
Sunset over the Tucson Mountains 2015
The huge winter sun sets over The Tucson Mountains west of Tucson, Arizona. This image is part of a new series of images of the sun and moon I'm working on, photographed with a 1200mm Nikkor lens from Babat Daug Point on the Catalina Highway. This fine art print is also on display at the Contreras Gallery here in Tucson and will also be available on the Tucson Open Studio Tour April 18th-19th 2015 stop by my studio and see some new work.
I photographed the start of the New York City Marathon from atop the Verrazano Narrows Bridge when I lived in New York City in 1985. This photograph at the start of the Marathon shows 30,000 runners who completely cover the bridge, the longest span of any bridge in America. If you have ever run in this Marathon you know how dramatic the start of the race can be there are just so many runners on the bridge, some want to win some only want to cross the finish line before they collapse. This dramatic view from atop the Staten Island Tower is 500 feet above the runners and 700 feet above the water. There is a safety railing around the top of the tower although to shoot this image I climbed over the railing and laid flat on the edge of the tower so that I could get an un obstructed view of the runners below. With luck on my side this was an unusually clear morning for the NYC Marathon start it is usually foggy, rainy or hazy. This image is available for editorial and advertising publication. I just scanned and printed my best work from the 1980s Archive for a recent show at the Wee Gallery and now you can order these fine art photographic prints straight from my web site. Look in the Fine Art section click on 1980’s Archive Color.
As a part of Kore Press' Big Read Tucson, New ARTiculations Dance Theatre. The performance will feature original musical compositions by Vicki Brown (on violin and pedals) and new choreography by visiting artist Katherine Ferrier and New ART choreographers Kimi Eisele, Erika Farkvam, Lisa-Marie McFarlane, Moriah Mason, Tammy Rosen, and Katie Rutterer. Costumes designed and made by Barbara Seyda, lighting design by Don Fox.
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