Photos Published in Newton Graphic Science Magazine

Newton Graphic Science Press in Japan published one of my photos twice in the past year. They found it via my Illum project on Flickr and requested permission to publish it.

Of course, I said yes.

Here are the spreads the sent me afterward:

Newton Cycloid 1 Newton Cycloid 2

The photo is from a high school physics contest held by the American Association of Physics Teachers where I won Second Place in 2008. Here is my original post from 2008 when I found out.

Now I’ve been published in Japan. Sweet. Remember to freely share your work. You never know who’ll end up seeing it and what opportunities might come your way.

The Sheep at Sawkill Farm

Amanda and I spent the weekend exploring the Hudson Valley. On our way back today, we drove through Red Hook and saw that the Sawkill Farm farm store was open, so we stopped to pick up some meat. I had my camera gear in tow and they graciously allowed me to take some photos of their sheep. It was a drizzly day, but I had a wonderful time taking photos. The sheep have so much character and personality!

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Sawkill Farm Sheep

Point Reyes National Seashore

Amanda and I spent a few days in California wine country at the end of March before we drove over to Yosemite. We were kind of disappointed in wine country because we expected to learn a lot more than any of the tour guides seemed to be interested in teaching us, so we took one of the days and drove over to the Point Reyes National Seashore.

That was a much better choice than visiting more wineries. The weather was wonderful and the scenery was incredible. We spend the morning horseback riding through parts of Point Reyes with the Five Brooks Ranch, then hopped in the car and drove out to the lighthouse point.

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Cliffs at Point Reyes

Cliffs at Point Reyes

Waves at Point Reyes

Amanda in the Wind at Point Reyes

Waves at Point Reyes

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Waves at Point Reyes

Point Reyes Sand Dunes

Point Reyes Pier

Point Reyes golden hour

Point Reyes golden hour

Fishing boat, Point Reyes

We got to see elephant seals for the first time, which was pretty awesome. They were so much louder than I was expecting. We could hear them from 1/4 mile away. It was windy and the temperature was dropping around golden hour, but we didn’t care. We stood and watched the seals for at least 30 minutes.

Point Reyes golden hour

Point Reyes has a number of leased ranches and pastures inside its borders. What a great place to be a cow!

Cows grazing inside Point Reyes during the sunset

Cows grazing inside Point Reyes during the sunset

Yosemite National Park

Amanda and I spent a few days in Yosemite at the end of March. We love going to national parks in the spring. The weather is cool, the parks aren’t crowded, and the waterfalls are spectacular due to snowmelt. The tradeoff you make is that some parts of the park are still inaccessible due to snow. You win some, you lose some. I don’t think we lost much in this particular situation.

As we drove into the park around sunset hoping there was not actually a tire chain checkpoint, we were treated to some beautiful views of trees, fog, and the aftermath of forest fires.

Evergreens and Clouds

Forest Fire Aftermath

Trees on the Ridgeline

One of the most incredible things about Yosemite is the clouds. Weather changes there pretty quickly, so don’t be disappointed if the traditional panorama is obscured. Wait 15 minutes and you’ll probably catch a glimpse.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

We decided to hike the Mist Trail our first full day in the park. The trail up the edge of Vernal falls was 100% ice in the morning. It took us quite some time to make it up, but I’m glad we carefully trudged up instead of turning around.

Yosemite Mist Trail

Yosemite Mist Trail

Vernal Falls

We followed the Mist Trail all the way to the top of Nevada Falls. There were some pretty cool trees growing in the cracks of the rocks up there. The connection to the Muir Trail from Nevada Falls was closed due to snow, so we had to hike back down and take a different route back up. Doing that elevation twice was a killer on our legs. We must have made a few unexpected turns, too, because the total listed length of the trails on our map was 7 miles, but our fitness trackers reported 12 miles.

Trees Growing Above Nevada Falls

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls

We gave our sore legs a rest the next day. We drove as much of the park as we could and only did short hikes to see some of the giant sequoias. Words can’t describe what it is like to walk amongst them.

Can you believe the largest trees on earth come from tiny seeds in such small cones?

Sequoia Pine Cone

Sequoia Bark

One had fallen over ages ago and its root system was exposed:

Sequoia roots

Here are the views that probably come to mind when you think of Yosemite:

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

El Capitan

Glacier National Park

Last year Amanda and I went to Montana for a week in early May. We started in Yellowstone and then went up to Glacier. It was before the official start of the season and Going to the Sun Road was still closed, but we avoided the crowds, explored the park in solitude, took in the wonderful scenery, and ran into some incredible wildlife.

Here is the best of what I shot over three days in Glacier.

Up the trail

Sunset through the trees

Glacier National Park

Little Chief Mountain

Bighorn Sheep at Glacier National Park

Plants and Rocks

Grouse

A friend in the weeds

Mt Grinnell and Mt Gould

Bighorn Sheep at Glacier National Park

Glacier Textures

Bighorn Sheep at Glacier National Park

Bighorn Sheep at Glacier National Park

My Patagonia Bag

Textures and Colors of Yellowstone

Last year Amanda and I went to Montana for a week in early May and visited Yellowstone for a couple days before the official start of the summer season. It was chilly and some roads were closed due to snow, but we avoided the crowds and got to explore the park in relative solitude.

I haven’t shot photos much since graduating from Hillsdale, so I decided to take my camera along. Like any other skill, you need to practice photography regularly so you don’t lose your sense of composition, light, and technical settings like aperture and shutter speed. It was frustrating to discover that I’ve lost some of the edge that I worked so hard to hone in high school and college, but it was nice to put my gear through its paces again.

Here is the best of what I shot over two days in Yellowstone. I took a few landscapes, but I mostly focused on the colors and textures I encountered.

Bison Calf in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Around the Norris Geyser Basin

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Yellowstone Texture

Snow below the Lower Falls in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Colors

Misty hills along Rt 89 in Montana

We also drove down into Grand Teton National Park for a little while:

Storm in the Tetons

Storm in the Tetons

Illum Light Graffiti

My friend Sean Nelson and I spent many nights in high school experimenting with light art, long exposure times, and shadows. Illum was the result.

None of these photos were Photoshop’d. These effects were created by carefully controlling the exposure time, aperture, and light in the photos.

Our work got some notoriety, including being featured in a few small magazines and the New Internationalist 2010 planner, as well as being shown at the 2008 Nuit des musées at Le Compa, Conservatoire de l’agriculture in Chartres, France.

We also wrote a short how-to guide that is now linked to all over the Internet.

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Child's Path

Diving

At the beginning of the semester, I got to spend some time down at the pool shooting some fun photos for the Hillsdale Collegian. The sports editor wanted to run a profile on the swim team’s new diver, Gretchen. She is the first diver Hillsdale has had since the 2008 season.

Gretchen
Whenever the Collegian runs profiles on people, we almost always have some sort of portrait and an action shot. Sometimes portraits can be pretty bland, such as a regular mugshot against a white background, so I decided to go the extra step on this one. I used the pool and diving board as the backdrop and used two strobes to light Gretchen. I used a shoot through umbrella from camera left as my main light, then set up another strobe with a spot grid behind Gretchen on camera right to open up the shadows on that side of her face.

Timelapse
This timelapse was the main art for the story. It ran pretty large in full color and I got a lot of compliments on it. The photo was pretty easy to do: I set up three strobes on 1/2 power across the pool from the diving board and fired my camera in burst mode to get Gretchen in 10 different frames as she dove into the water. I then chose 6 of the frames and masked them together in Photoshop.

Hesitation and Anticipation
When we were finished with the portraits and the diving shots, I asked Gretchen if she wanted to do one more shot, a fun one this time. She enthusiastically said, “Sure!”, so I came up with this. I had her carry an umbrella up the diving board and clamp it on to one of the rails. I then had her go to the edge of the board and act like the was afraid to jump off. It didn’t run in the paper, but it was still fun.

Lighting Smoke Trails

I shot this for a story at my college paper about the city deferring the medical marijuana decision ruling four consecutive times. We needed a catchy jump from A1, so I came up with this. This was a fun shoot. We got some strange looks, but good results.
Disclaimer: These are hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes. No illegal drugs were used in these photos. While I am in favor of drug legalization, I am most certainly not in favor of using drugs. They destroy our most valuable asset, our mind.

Strobist info: Gridded LP160 to fill the face in and a bare LP160 at a higher power as a rim/smoke light, shot from behind the subject’s right side. I also used a snooted 430EX to light the hand with the cigarette in it. Cactus V5 triggers.

Strobist info: Gridded LP160 to fill the face in and a bare LP160 at a higher power as a rim light, shot from behind the subject’s right side. Cactus V5 triggers.

Canna Leaf

I am home for a week and my Mom has some Canna plants in both our back and front yards. The leaves look absolutely brilliant when the sun shines through them.

ISO 100; f/13; 1/60. Only natural light on this shot.

I am going to experiment with some strobist tricks on the leaves soon. Stay tuned.

Trevor Freudenburg

As I edit the photos from the wedding I photographed this weekend, I will continue to post photos I took last semester.

I shot these portraits of Trevor Freudenburg for his acting portfolio shortly after I shot Ryan’s. Trevor didn’t want his photos taken in a studio like everyone else’s, so we went up on the cat walk above the auditorium where all of Trevor’s theatre performances take place. This fun challenge forced me to think outside the box in terms of light placement. I used clamps, boom-arms, weights, and ball bungees to get my flashes where I wanted them. Most of the time that meant the ground was 40 feet below them.

Strobist info: shoot through umbrella on a boom arm camera right (430EX), a bare flash clamped to a pipe camera left (SB-24), and a bare flash behind Trevor lighting up some of the background (235 HV). All three flashes fired via Cactus V5 triggers.

Strobist info: shoot-through umbrella on a boom arm with a 430EX camera right and a bare SB-24 right over his shoulder. Both fired via Cactus V5 triggers.

Ryan Black, Actor

In the spring I shot some portraits of Ryan Black for his acting portfolio. I included strobist info underneath each photo. Thank you to Alex Cothran for assisting me on this shoot.

Strobist info: Two studio strobes in umbrella softboxes at 45 degrees from Ryan’s nose on both sides. Both on 1/8 power. There is also a Canon 430EX behind Ryan on camera left giving an accent to his face on that side.

Strobist info: Studio strobe in an umbrella softbox camera right right about 3ft away from Ryan at a 30 degree angle from his nose for a key light and another studio strobe in an umbrella softbox camera left for fill. Fired via pc port on my camera.

Strobist info: Key: Studio strobe in umbrella softbox on camera right about 50-60 degrees up and 45 degrees to the right. approximately 3ft away. Fill light is from another studio strobe in an umbrella softbox about 6ft away on camera left.

Meghan Haines, Rocker Chic

I shot these photos of Meghan Haines last semester for a fashion section of the Hillsdale Collegian. See a few more photos and some commentary over at the Hillsdale Arts Blog. A special thank you to Marieke van der Vaart and Rachel Hoffer for helping me with this shoot.

Strobist info (above): Softbox camera left with a Canon 430EX fired through it and a SB24 camera right lighting up her zebra-striped umbrella from behind.

Strobist info (above): Softbox camera left with a Canon 430EX fired via a Cactus V5.

Strobist info (above): Softbox above camera left with a Canon 430EX and a SB24 directly behind Meghan lighting up her purple highlights. Fired via Cactus V5 triggers.

Coming up next: Portraits of Actor Ryan Black. Check back!

Josh Taccolini

Josh Taccolini is a very talented musician with a passion for helping others. I shot these photos for an article on Josh’s fundraiser for his Detroit missions work last semester for the Collegian. Check out the article to see what he is doing for Youthworks Detroit this summer.

Strobist info for above: SB-24 in a white shoot through umbrella camera right (behind the piano) to light Josh’s right side and a bare Canon 430EX camera left to light the strings and Josh’s left side. Fired via Cactus V5 triggers. (H/T: The idea for this shot comes from William Clayton.)

Strobist info: Canon 430EX in a white shoot through umbrella camera left fired via Cactus V5 trigger.

Strobist info: Canon 430EX in a silver bounce umbrella camera left 6ft away to get Josh’s left side and the piano and SB-24 in a white shoot through umbrella camera right. (Left side is +1 stop from right side.) Fired via Cactus V5 triggers.

Coming up next: Photos of the Hillsdale Tower Dancers performance. Check back soon!

Jenifer at W@tercooler

For the next few weeks, I am participating in the Strobist Boot Camp III in order to have some fun and hone my skills.

Here is my entry for the first assignment.

Strobist info: Canon 430EX fired through a softbox camera right about 3 feet away on 1/32. Vivitar 285HV gobo’d and fired at 1/4 into the ceiling behind Jenifer on camera left to light up the background. Both flashes fired via Cactus V5 triggers.

I chose Jenifer for the first assignment of Strobist Boot Camp III because she is a pillar of Tarrytown, NY, a small Hudson river community north of NYC. She started a community event, Third Friday, a few years ago and it grew into a large event which locals all look forward to each month. She is also involved in just about every aspect of the community, from hosting art shows and organizing library programs to helping preserve local architecture. Jenifer can hardly walk down the street without someone recognizing her friendly smile.

Here is one of the test shots I took. I ended up not being as satisfied with the logo in the background as I thought I would be, so I moved to she shot above. I still like this one, though.

I took both photos at W@tercooler, Jenifer’s new business venture in Tarrytown.

Strobist info: softbox camera right with Canon 430EX on 1/8 power. Vivitar 285HV on 1/4 snooted to light up the background. Both flashes fired via Cactus V5 triggers.

I am currently working on the next assignment. I will post all five here over the next few weeks. Check back!