Saturday, December 26, 2009

the squares

The squares to accompany the full leaf images are coming along nicely. This is a little contact sheet of what I have so far.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Summing up the quarter

I'm so excited at just the thought of an actual break on the horizon.

Friday, November 20, 2009


I remember the first time I walked into Doris VanWyhe's house. It was at night and I was with a lot of people that I'd just met. I was nervous. I've never felt more welcome in my life than I did that night at that place. As soon as you walked into her home you knew that there was no judgement or isolation allowed. Love like I had never felt it before was all around and it wasn't asking before it came in. Real love, that includes dancing, and singing, and hugging when you first meet, and feeling angry, and jumping, and dancing.

The first picture I found of you yesterday is of all of us with the sun on our faces. I think that's appropriate. I think I'll always think of the way it feels when the sun touches the side of your face when I think of you.

I miss you.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Editorial photography?

These didn't go over very well in editorial today, but I'm sure I like them. Oh well:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


It's a snow day in Denver which has given me a really amazing day to sit at my desk next to the window and get some work done.

The Orphans Gallery is getting very close to having images in it at, and I just made a banner for business class this quarter that I quite like.

f-f-f-fake fstops scoob!

I just learned something tonight and wanted to share with any photographer that may happen to be reading this for any reason at all. Don't shoot with fake fstops! By fake I mean something like f3.2; if that is an option for your digital lens don't use it. Stick to the old fstop scale (1, 1.4, 2, etc.).

I was shooting on the bus and while I was editing a small batch of photos shot at f3.2 and another small batch shot at f4 I noticed it. Sharpness wasn't the issue, what should have been sharp was sharp, it was the out of focus parts of the photograph that were giving me trouble. I don't even know how to describe what was happening to the soft areas of the photo. It looked like it had been digitized into some form of cartoon and my out of focus background became the optical center of my image. I looked at a very similarly focused photo shot at f4 and there was no issue with my background falling apart like f3.2.

And since I like to post a photo with all my posts on my photo blog:

It snowed today in Colorado.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Photobooth Installation at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver!

I helped with the Brown Room Photobooth installation that was at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver on Friday, September 25th for the Barnaby Furnas opening.

After working with the education director to conceptualize a photobooth "room" and bringing in local installation artist Matt Scobey to assist in its design and execution, it took Matt and Erin Algiere two solid days of set up. Friday night, the photobooth went live and Beth Eggleston, Katherine Winter Erin Algiere, and myself shot over 300 people in 3 hours, composited them into photographs and uploaded them instantly to Flickr. 42854949@N08/

I worked as the head camera operator/director while Beth and Katherine composite, resized and uploaded the images as fast as humanly possible and Erin coordinated the show! It was a lot of fun, and big thanks to Erin and the museum for trusting me to be involved. It was a LOT of work and a LOT of fun!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Camera Obscura Exhibition

The opening of the show Friday night was awesome. I couldn't believe how many people were there. You could hardly walk around the gallery, and there was some really stunning work being shown. If you can't make it to the gallery to see the work take a look online! will take you directly to the show and will take you to the gallery's main page. Thanks to everybody that came, it was a pretty amazing night for me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Post Cards

Post cards I had to make to promote my website and photography for Digital Publishing this quarter:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Ambassador

Not everybody could make it as scheduled, but one day we'll do it again with everybody! Ladies and Gentlemen, The Ambassador (how I love these kids):

two more weeks. . .

Two more weeks left in this quarter. I swear I've never been this busy before in my life. The second half of the form assignment:

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sand painting

The Art of Photography Today - A Jurried Competition

One of my photos was selected to be in this show. I'm really excited about it and just got the announcement emailed to me the other afternoon. Thought I'd blog it out of pure excitement!

Advanced Principles

We've been working with film in Advanced Principles so I haven't had the chance to upload much to the blog, but I accidentally scanned this image before I went to the darkroom to make the print so I figured I'd better blog it.

Lighting for form

Lighting for human form in portraiture class. The first time I've ever taken a stranger's photo. It was a little nerve racking, but I'm happy with the results!

High Efficiency Portraiture!

A high efficiency assignment. I took 30 pictures in twenty mins. or so and was happy with the results.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Open assignment; shoot whatever we want as long as it's a portrait. So I shot the magic of light.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

still on the bus

Still working on the bus series, just haven't shown a lot of it. This quarter is providing me with LOTS of bus rides and therefore, LOTS of work.

While I was out the other day...

Just some silly snapshots that I felt like posting 'cause they make me happy when I look at 'em.

Friday, July 31, 2009


Portraits with two people in the picture was the assignment. Katherine and Henry are FUN to have in front of the camera!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Digital Publishing

This class feels a bit like I've been plucked out of photography and into design. It's ok though, fun stuff to learn. This is a little website mock-up we have to do for our first assignment. I think I can actually see my website looking something like this when I have one. Maybe sans the use of the first quarter image though, ha!


So far it's been better than I thought. My instructor does a nice job of making it about more than just bricks, which I like. First assignment was to shoot one building (same perspective) under two different light situations. This one's alright, the other was abismal in comparison.

why would you even look at this one when you could the one above?


First assignment in portraiture. Harder than I thought it would be--using window light form the following light patterns on model's face: Butterfly, loop, rembrant, and split.

Friday, July 10, 2009


I'm learning them I think. They're tuff.

School starts again in two days!

Friday, June 19, 2009

ending quarter four

whew. . .

Finish reshoot for studio - check

Finish beverage shot for stdio - check

Finish quarter four by getting a print on the wall - check!

See you in three weeks blog.

Monday, June 8, 2009


An assignment in printing that required us to apply special effects to our prints. The effects we had to choose from were traditional darkroom effects and we were to apply them to our digital files. Two related shots were required for the assignment. I chose to recreate a lith print digitally, and I am more than happy with the results.

The Lint Roller

This is another assignment from DII2, but I felt that it deserved it's own post. Each quarter it seems like I have at least one image that makes my blog title relevant. This quarter that image is the advertising assignment in my photoshop class.

The Lint Roller:

It lives on my wall and this blog now to remind me that getting it wrong every once in a while is part of the process.

Digital Image Illustration


This class has really challenged me this quarter. It's entirely about composite images, and while I enjoy composites I have a hard time making my brain think fast enough and big enough for the assignments in this class. It's almost over, and I have definitely gotten into better work habits because of it.

One of our assignments was to illustrate one of the seven deadly sins. I chose gluttony, and was fairly happy with the results:

Our final had to be at least ten images composited and was just as challenging as the other assignments. The theme for the final image was history. I decided to to a brief personal history so all the pieces in the composite image are things that have been important in making me the person I am today. It's pretty 2D to create a cartoon-ish feel and it's meant to be a little silly (as I am a little silly). I'm pretty happy with the results: