Posts Tagged ‘Canon 5D Mark 2’


Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I love the wave thing. Always have. Here are a few from this past week’s amazing sessions.

Maybe listen to this as you toggle through the tight gallery I have assembled here. Great video.

Seth Godin had this to say the other day, and it greatly resonated with me, friends and colleagues. You are your past performances.

This treatise on Tribes was sent along by Camille Harris. Ted Talk. I highly recommend it.

One thing is for sure: Love NEVER fails. Get to it.

Surf work shot on the Canon 5D Mark 2 using Tokina Optics and SPL water housings. Land based work, Canon Optics. Each of these stills also has companion work shot in Motion at 30 FPS.

Poli Amo

Friday, January 28th, 2011


I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. – Proverbs 8:17

Everyone should be so fortunate as to pursue and possibly capture the object of their desire. But what is it really, that adds to your life and leaves you in pursuit? Because it is always in the going, that happiness is found, and great work. The above verse was penned by a pretty wise man.  King Solomon died after experiencing all that the world itself could give a person, sort of spiritually and emotionally bereft. Yet he had the wisdom to pen the verse above.

I got to spend an afternoon in between a spate of surf work, with my camera in hand. I found my eye caught by certain things. Captured them. In doing so I realized that I tend to build work around those things that I love. The images from this four hour stretch which occurred on a warm Santa Ana Afternoon and evening on Coast Hwy 1 in South Ventura County are sampled in this piece. Poli Amo.

Skip Saenger sent me this video clip about a woman who loved many. You can see it in her work.  Acclaimed photographer, Baron Spafford sent it to him.

I found this beautiful piece as a result of seeing a  remarkable image that photographer Larry Beard had shot at Aliso Creek. I thought immediately of Van Gogh.

It should be obvious, that seeing God in the tapestry of our lives causes us to seek. And in the looking, we maybe get to share some of that. It is how things change and that movement, is sustained which makes our world special.
Verdant Siren

Verdant Siren



Palette Check

Palette Check

All of my work was shot on the Canon 5D Mark 2. Lenses are the Canon 24-70 F 2.8 series 2, the 70-200 F 2.8 IS and the Tokina 10-17 fisheye zoom.

Larry used the Canon 60D.

Waves: Neo Creative

Monday, January 17th, 2011


I needed to shoot more wave and water surf work after the past couple months like, umm, well let’s just say, I did not need any more work to satisfy my commercial or editorial clients.

But right now I am buried in post production work from multiple back to back swims over the course of several days. My feet have a couple ulcerous sores which are oozing blood. Caused by not having time to rinse some gravel out of my Da Kine fins in between sprints after a promise.

I have probably shot close to 10,000 winners in this genre. But the past several days saw a new tack for my creativity that came to fruition as a result of further exploration of the coast and the limits of the Canon 5D Mark 2 imaging system and Lightroom by Adobe.

What had heretofore been impossible and not even dreamed of beyond the canvases of Artists like Robb Havassey, Wade Koniakowski and Ron Croci, I have now found to not only be possible, but in a way to be better. Why? Because it looked like what my psyche saw.

It is a trip swimming around in the first few minutes of light. Often I see things that make my heart sing but which my words and camera do not seem able to communicate adequately.

That barrier broke this week. It happened all at once after 12 years of exploration.

Here are a few samples.

Seth Godin had this to say about pursuing a dream, and more.

Whew! Got it!

Whew! Got it!

Surfing is for Everybody

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


William Orbit gets it. Click on this link if you want a  soundtrack for this blog

Had a gal come by yesterday who was working on a College thesis at Syracuse, and had asked if she could interview me about the changes that I had seen on the coast in my lifetime.

Wound up talking about how, in spite of the ocean doing pretty well, (My homestretch of coast used to be littered with innumerable oil piers which were dark, pitch stained fingers, laying across the bright blue of surf lineups. They are all pretty much gone now. Removed.)  that there seems to be a well intentioned, albeit nonsensical movement to keep people out of the ocean. It is being done at the behest of several Environmental groups and one large Govt agency.

Let's Regulate this! (Or not)

Let's Regulate this! (Or not)

So I gave several instances of things that raised my ire and in counterpoint, also offered some common sense solutions to ocean pollution which our society tends to overlook.

But at the end of our interview it occurred to me, that nothing pisses me off more than some functioning elite deciding who gets to use the beach or ocean, and endeavors to regulate that for their own gain. Whether it be more waves for themselves, a fat money coffer, or to sustain some useless Government job.

It sucks. I hate it.

Surfing is for everyody.

So is the sea.

Learn about it.

Do something constructive.

Maybe just go ride a wave.

This link is to a reality show teaser that I worked on for Silent Crow, about Betty B, and some women who surf and love the ocean.

Seth Godin said something today in his blog that made me add it to this thread today. It is right on the nose and can help you.

The following images are a few glimpses of surfing and the ocean shot this past week. Click on any of them to toggle through as a slide show. Everything in this blog was shot on the Canon 5D Mark 2 system



Sliding into 2011: Year in Pictures

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Golden Reflection

Golden Reflections

This link is to a new piece by Zuri Star called Keep Holding on. It fits the New Year quite well.

It seems that all around us this past year there was friction. In fact, I found myself enmeshed in three massive battles, all at the same time. I did not author those. I simply said “no” to three entities I saw as abusive of my fellow man, community and Ocean Environment.

friction |ˈfrik sh ən|
the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another : a lubrication system that reduces friction.
• the action of one surface or object rubbing against another : the friction of braking.
• conflict or animosity caused by a clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions : a considerable amount of friction between father and son.

So as we close out 2010 here are a few things to lubricate the road ahead.

A fantastic treatise on “love”, from the eyes of babes.

How to change the world completely, one girl at a time: The Girl Effect.

Beauty that matters. Sent along by Fernando Ismerio. A stunning high speed (slow motion) look at the oceans.

Seth Godin on 2011

Best to use lubrication when you have something big to move.

Because as it stands, anything worth attaining must overcome the things that impede progress and the only lubricant that sustains that in our lives is love.

Perfect love casts out all fear. (John 4:18) Fear is a mind killer

Easily said.


Do it.

The images below are a small selection that are my Year in Pictures gallery. Click on any of them to toggle through as a slide show. I am stunned at what I managed to produce in motion and in stills with the Canon 5d Mark 2 system. 3 Music videos. 2 reality show teasers. 6 commercial Photography campaigns. 18 editorial features, and a book and six covers. Then there is all the random wonderfulness below.

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