Chipmunk at the AZ Botanical Gardens

DSCF5968I don’t shoot a lot of plants so I typically avoid places like the AZ Desert Botanical Gardens, but my sister wanted me to teach her how to use her new camera, so we went out for a morning of shooting and encountered this fella.  Chipmunks and squirrels are so omnipresent that I usually don’t even try to photograph them, but this guy was in a thin tree and wavering around just to get at some tasty treat on the most precarious of perches.  Shot with a 55-200mm Fuji lens on the X-T1.

 

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Worm Face and How It Got Made

I recently had to re-do a piece from my Scream Queens series and took the opportunity to film it for your viewing pleasure!

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New music video – “Survival Mode” by Artificial Human

Every video I make is a challenge in both concept and technical execution, but this one was particularly tricky; I had a song from 2013 I really wanted to make a music video for, but the footage I had of the singer Lacheln was from a few months before we even did this song.  This footage had gone untouched on various hard drives over the last two years, basically because I didn’t have a decent enough computer to do anything with it until now.

Though the song is about the wars of offense and defense we have with our loved ones, I was always a fan of music videos that had an alternate theme to them that wasn’t actually in the song.  After a chance encounter with a bat wandering around in daylight, I filmed a variety of animals at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and at the Maricopa County Fair in Phoenix.  I would assume animals are much more cognizant of the “circle of life” than people and make decisions based on survival needs.  You don’t see animals wasting their money, do foolish self destructive things in the way people choose to.

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Shots from the Seattle Zoo

Seattle Zoo (122 of 135)

During my San Francisco trip last week, I had a flight delay in Seattle and decided to take a trip to the Woodland Park Zoo.  One of my first published images was from that particular zoo, and of all the places to spend a couple hours, I typically have the best opportunities for the kind of photography I like at a zoo rather than walking streets or in random nature areas.Seattle Zoo (111 of 135)

One of the best shooting subjects happens to be the most statistically dangerous animal, the hippo.  Woodland Park has two who were pretty active during my visit.  Each image was shot with the Fuji X-T1 with the stunning 55-200mm lens.  Processing animals and nature in Lightroom is a pleasure as there’s no retouching to eat up time- these were perhaps 20 seconds each to edit.Seattle Zoo (73 of 135)

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Hawai’i Photoblog #3: b+w

“Why are so many in black and white?  I like color.”  Those were my sister’s words when I emailed her some of the images I was taking on Kona, The Big Island of Hawai’i.  I’m sure a lot of people feel that way about photography- they like things in color regardless of whether it is appropriate for the image.

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I found Hawai’i to be ideal for black and white the way NYC is ideal for black and white.  The overwhelming land mass is black volcanic rock and the sky is perpetually overcast.  There isn’t actually a huge range of color like one might imagine in a tropical paradise.

Kona day 3 (225 of 272)

One specific place I shot a lot of black and white images was Black Sands Beach on the south end of Kona.  It’s a really unique place where sea turtles nest, protected from people solely by an arrangement of rocks as a 6 inch high barrier and a sign saying “don’t disturb the turtles” in English and Japanese.

Kona day 3 (43 of 272)

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Waterbirds video

This was shot one Thursday morning at a local Riparian Preserve in Gilbert.  I remember feeling physically anxious because I hadn’t used my new Fuji X-T1 that much- new art tools should lead us to making new art.  The Gilbert Riparian is about 20 minutes from my house and it is definitely a source of peace and of great bird photography with all the unique species flocking to Arizona in the fall and winter.  The ambient music accompanying the visuals was created way back in 2005 when I used to knock these strange sound interludes out on a regular basis.