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Oakland Graffiti

April 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I shot this a few years ago when heading back to Hayward airport after shooting some aerial views of San Francisco. There isn't much to shoot in the last few minutes flying down Interstate 880, so I usually review what I've taken earlier in the shoot. I still keep an eye out for anything interesting out of the door as we are zipping along. A buildi...
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Fort Mifflin

April 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I usually don't get a window seat when I'm flying. I like the aisle so I can stretch my feet out even if it does mean the occasional bruise from the drinks cart. Last week I was on a short flight from Dulles to Philadelphia. The plane was pretty small as it was a 23 minute flight, and I had the whole row to myself. The row had just the one seat -...
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Guest lecturer at Southport College

March 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I was invited to speak about my experience as a photographer to students at Southport College in the UK. Looking back over a career of over 20 years it was fun to put together a presentation to show how I started in photographer, shot editorial portraits and then ended up specializing in aerial photography. I really enjoyed talking to the studen...
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Photography exhibition at the UN Paris Summit on Climate Change

November 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
I'm honored to have one of my favorite aerial images selected for inclusion in a photography exhibition at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. The Lucie Foundation curated a show of 52 images to be displayed in the Blue Zone at COP21 from Nov 30 to Dec 11, 2015. Representativ...
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Helicopters vs. Drones

October 19, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
I took part in a discussion on the pros and cons of using a helicopter or drone for aerial photography which was featured on Zenfolio's blog page. Olympic photographer Jeff Cable made some good points and has some cool aerial photography and video that is very different from what I can get from a helicopter. Maybe there is room for a DJI Phantom o...
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Seminar on aerial photography

July 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
I'm doing a seminar on aerial photography at San Carlos Flight Center this week. I'll be covering: My background in photography How I ended up shooting aerials Planning an aerial shoot The gear I use and recommend Shooting Tips...
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London, not quite from the air

June 14, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
London is trickier to shoot from the air than most US cities. Unless you have a twin-engine helicopter (very expensive) you can only fly up and down the River Thames. For this trip I had a look from a couple of tall buildings to get an idea of what it would be like. The City of London has some interesting new buildings, and the skyline has really...
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56th Communication Arts Photography Annual

April 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
My aerial view of the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza has been awarded a place in the prestigious Communications Arts 56th Photography Competition and Annual. The Annual will be published in July. I am so honored to be included. Thank you Communication Arts! Here's what they say: Of the 4,421 entries to the 56th Photography Annual, only 157 were accepted, r...
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Aerial Scout

February 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
Monday morning was a good excuse to do some scouting for some new aerial shoots. I was looking for some different scenery to shoot and check out the Golden Gate Bridge again in some different light. This time I would be flying rather than shooting, but there is still plenty to prep for. My ride today would be a Robinson R44 Raven 1 from San Carlos...
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APA 2nd place

December 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Two of my aerials are included the APA San Francisco Something Personal Exhibition:) Both came joint 2nd place! The show was great, I got to check out some fantastic photography from the other photographers included in the show. You can buy the exhibition catalogue here
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I’m in a museum!

November 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
If you are in New York City check out Nature’s Fury at the American Museum of Natural History. One of my aerials is featured in the exhibit. The exhibit runs from November 14, 2014 – August 9, 2015 and “Sunrise in the Sunset” is featured to illustrate the need for earthquake retrofitting in San Francisco. I can’t wait to check it out and see a...
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What does a $35, 000 digital back get you? A personal review of the Phase One IQ250

October 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve wanted to know the answer to this for a while. You can read online reviews to get the general consensus, but nothing beats testing it for yourself. After all, we all have our different workflows, techniques and subject matter. I fully admit I’m obsessed by sharpness. I currently use a Canon 5DMk3. When switching from medium/large format film...
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2014 International Photography Awards

October 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
I received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 International Photography awards for my recent shot of the toll plaza This year the awards received over 27,000 entires and it's the 2nd year in row I've had something accepted in the Aerial category!
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A classic piece of Aviation and Design

September 22, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
This is a Bell 47 G-2 from about 1952. It's rare to get to see a part of aviation history up close and personal outside of a museum. A classic combination of good design and practical use, an early version of this Arthur Young designed helicopter hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Chinook Helicopters in Abbotsford, British Columbia st...
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Port of Oakland Containers

July 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
Multicolored shipping containers in the Port of Oakland from Maersk, Evergreen,CMA CGM, China Shipping and Hapag-Lloyd.
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