Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Today I shot the first of several portraits for The Sun's stories on the athletes of the fall. The shot will run in color in the paper, but I'm toning them in black and white for myself.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Unpacking Christmas

I had to shoot a few products that are heavily packaged today. The idea was to show the amount of packaging and get some sort of still-life of the toys partially unpackaged. As I started to brainstorm and set up the studio, I came up with the idea to have one doll unpacking the other.

It's pretty close to what I intended, but in a way it looks like one is being tortured by the other. I guess it would have worked completely if the arms could bend.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tri-X Flashbacks

Over the years I have shot a few rolls of Tri-X, the industry standard black and white film. The new story I'm working on is in a dark gym, so I shot at ISO 3200 and then convert to black and white. The noise in the digital files reminds me of the grain in Tri-X.

I am really happy with the above frame of Coach Murphy surrounded by the players. They all recited The Lord's Prayer before practice today and I think it's a good moment. It's been a few weeks since I worked on this story, and I'm happy that I get to work on it again tomorrow.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Texas beats Florida, 3-1

Florida's volleyball team ended the season with a loss to Texas in the semifinal round of the NCAA regional tournament.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Shafts of Light

I had to run over to Jacksonville this morning to help edit my story on the cancer floor at Wolfson Children's Hospital. On the way back to Gainesville, I stopped at Tom's Cypress in Waldo and shot this feature for The Sun.

I've driven by the store many times and never stopped. When I walked around to the back this afternoon, I was surprised to find many hidden photo gems. Perhaps a future fashion or portrait shoot is in store for there.

A man named Simon was preparing some cypress to be made into clocks. On the first pass, I didn't make a picture. Then I walked by from the other side and noticed two shafts of light falling through the frame.