On Location in the Cold

I had the opportunity to work with Beth Smith a couple months ago.  Our creative energies came together as she loved the vision I had in front of this old abandoned shack in the woods.  It was a very cold day and Beth was really was on her game.  A big shout out to Don for scouting the location and helping with my lighting set up.  I definitely will be working with her again.  Check out the gallery. 

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Revenge of the Bride: Zombie Photoshoot

I had the opportunity to work with Emma Darling this past weekend.  Our creative energies came together into this dark shoot that was awesome.  We used a location of an abandoned hotel.  Anyone that knows me would know that I am a horror junkie so this was right up my alley.  Emma was well versed in the dark arts as she has worked on horror films.  I most definitely will be working with her again.  Check out the gallery.       

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Slope Season in the Alps

It’s slope season and the it is the time where I work on my snowboard game.  This year it was the Austrian Alps in Sankt Johann.  You will notice all photos are panoramas and were taken with my Nikon D750. The first couple of nights were pretty cloudy and here is a shot from one of those nights.    I didn’t get an early morning shot before snowboarding because we were hitting the slopes early in the morning but here is a shot right after we finished.  Light could have been better but it still worked. The last couple nights were very clear and you can see the contrast in… Read More

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Back to the Bush: Africa

I have been obsessed with animals in their natural habitat since I was young.  I often thought I might work with animals one day.  That never happened.  I have seen almost every National Geographic or Discovery Channel production relating to Africa.  It was a life-long dream for me to take a trip to South Africa in 2012.  It was amazing to do early morning walks when you don’t know what you will see.  Driving through Kruger Park you see all the Big 5 and many more.  Kruger Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves.  Lions, leopards and their kills in a tree.  Words or photos cannot describe this incredible… Read More

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We Are Talking About Practice: 10,000 Hours

If you are like Allen Iverson you probably don’t want to talk about practice.  But he would not have been as good a player if not for playing in countless pick up games as a kid, in high school, in college or in the NBA.  All the hours spent playing basketball for him are practice.  Practice makes perfect.  My cousin @tonethegoat and I have always talked about perfecting your craft and how it takes 10,000 hours of practice to do so.  He has been making and producing music for over ten years so he feels as though he has mastered his craft.  Malcolm Gladwell stated that it takes ten thousand… Read More

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Unedited Photography

I know we live in an age where we can’t function without make-up or making things look more appealing to the eye.  Sometimes I just like my raw images just the way they are.  I know lot of people that will just take a picture and spend hours editing one single image.  Me, I generally won’t spend more than a few minutes editing pictures.  If you can get the settings correct while taking the picture the less you have to do later in Photoshop.  In general my workflow when editing a photo is to play around with they sky, contrast, light, shadows and darkness.  I might just want to add… Read More

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Studio Photography: Shots by Shinobi

I started doing studio work in late 2016 and I have developed a strong affinity for studio shooting.  I am in the process of putting together a home studio to go along with renting studio time at other studio in my area.  I have had the opportunity to dive into testing different lighting set ups and working with models and feel ready to announce the Studio Shots by Shinobi as a service.  Below you will find a studio gallery from my work this year.      

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (My New Toy)

  I am treating myself to a new toy for Christmas.  I just picked up a Nikon D750, my first full frame camera and it is awesome.   I was torn between the D810 and the D750.  Both have its positives but I ended up deciding on the D750.  In my opinion it is the better overall camera and its cheaper.  The D810 seemed to be better for studio work and landscape photography which both appeal to me.  It has 36 megapixels and with that I could create some very large prints of landscapes.  Maybe the next iteration of this camera will be in my future.  One reason I decided not… Read More

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Panoramic Shot

Have you ever saw a wide beautiful landscape and wanted to capture this beauty with one photo?  The answer to this is to take a panoramic shot because otherwise everything cannot fit into the frame.  On the Iphone you are able to create this by rotating with the phone while taking a picture.  If you are not using your Iphone you will have to stitch the images together.  I am going to create a panoramic shot by taking several images and stitching them together in Photoshop or Lightroom.  It is best to use a tripod to keep your camera steady but I decided to go handheld with the camera and… Read More

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My Favorite Place in England

This blog post is dedicated to one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Lake District, England. I have taken 2 trips to the area in 3 months as I was amazed by the natural beauty picturesque landscape. The area is a photographer’s dream and a great place to hone in your skills. I last visited in the summer where the fells (small mountains) are covered with gorgeous green landscapes and there are many rivers, waterfalls and lakes to visit. On the 1st trip I stayed at this quaint B&B in Keswick owned by a lovely family that recently moved to the Lake District. I was lucky enough… Read More

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