March 30, 2015

Deciding not to abide by the “rule of thirds”.

Final Approach, Washington National Airport (DCA)

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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March 27, 2015

During our first Rebirth Workshops & Retreat (ha folks were not using “Retreat” five years ago :) ) way back in 2010

one of the exercises was to create four images and four images only with our smartphones. No deleting allowed. No post processing.

Afterward we gathered to discuss the images, the purpose behind them, who had photographed what.

Now I had just recently purchased an iPhone and as a photographer this seemed to be a bit of “do not turn to the Dark Side”. No going back now.

As a photographer do we take smartphone images seriously or is this more just for fun? Keep in mind this was early 2010.

So after searching a few iPhone photography apps I stumbled upon Tiffen’s filter app. Man this was cool, a bunch of Tiffen filters all in the iPhone!

I played around, used this filter and that one, had some fun and processed the images I had created during the exercise.

Around this same time a new company in Berlin called Eye’em announced their Eye’em Awards 2010. Hmmm, submit iPhone images for a contest? Seriously?

Ok I did it. I sent in the four images I had created at Rebirth and waited.

I remember the first email from Eye’em stating I had made it onto the shortlist. Then and email saying I was in the top 15! This was going to be displayed in Berlin!

After the exhibit Eye’em created a book with the winning images – http://blog.eyeem.com/2010/10/the-eyeem-mobile-photography-book/

Great to see Eye’em just had their World Tour Exhibit show in New York City last night. Congrats to them, still going strong after five years.

Shown below is the original image followed by the image that was displayed for the exhibit. A large print of the winning print still hangs in my New Orleans apartment.

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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March 11, 2015

You know when one of the ring bearers is hamming it up all day long this is going to be a fun New Orleans wedding to photograph.

Thanks to Kelly Sherlock for coordinating the wedding day and special thank you to photographer Jessica Del Vecchio for helping me document the day.

Hotel  preparation – Windsor Court

Wedding ceremony – St Charles Presbyterian

Reception – New Orleans Board of Trade

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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March 9, 2015

Day on, rest stop at Santa Isabel during La Vuelta Puerto Rico.

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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March 8, 2015

I think every year I have photographed La Vuelta Puerto Rico it has rained at the start of the event.

Usually it’s a light rain and maybe last five to ten minutes. Not this year. Tropical downpour from the start!

This is when you find out that “all weather” light jacket you purchased is not really rain proof and how much water can your gear take.

Turns out cameras will absorb a lot of water, perhaps have a few quirks with rain and humidity, yet keep on shooting.

Good thing along the way the rest stops had automatic hot air dryers in the bathrooms.

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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March 2, 2015

A walk around Capitol Hill during the ice storm in DC.

And it’s March!

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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February 3, 2015

Two of my favorite images from a recent wedding. Loved how the kids were acting like themselves before the formal portraits.

Kids can be crazy for sure and sometimes the best images with them are the images where you do not interfere, just let it naturally flow.

The cake image is another example though no kids or groom were harmed during the shoot.

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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January 12, 2015

A wonderful traditional Jewish wedding at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Virginia.

Thanks to Jessica Del Vecchio for helping me with the photography.

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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January 12, 2015

Pacific Ocean, Maui

Enjoy.  -  Chrismaui hawaiian photography

January 6, 2015

Starting 2015 off with a quote from fellow Leica photographer Ted Grant, if you have never had the pleasure to

meet him in person or chat with him over the phone, make sure to reserve a seat at the table when he has his 100th birthday party.

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” – Ted Grant

Enjoy.  -  Chris

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