Monday, March 30, 2009

NYC #2

This may seem like a strange pairing of images, but they made sense to me. The first is Jessie Huish on the train going into Manhattan. The second is the view from my hotel window. We were right in the heart of the theater district. If you know Jessie, the musical play Hair should easily connect your thoughts between the two. ( Jessie, I hope you know I mean this in a good way)!


I spent last week in New York City. Here are the first of many photos.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


VAPHO134: Intro to Photography
That is the first class that you take in the photography program at BYU. There are a handful of things that the teachers do NOT want to see in your photographs:
Old barns
L.D.T.s (little dead things)

I once heard Paul Adams say that you could turn in just one sunset photo your entire career in the program, so you had better make it a good one. This isn't an assignment, and...pretty colors in the sky still make me point my camera at them.
On other 134 critique notes: my horizon line in not in the center of the frame, and I have worked in an odd number of poles/trees (even numbers are a design no-no).
Feel free to 134 me some more if you like.

Northplatte Skateboard(er)s

Mckay Stevens and Joshua James are well known on the music scene in Utah. They both perform with various arrangements of artists under different monikers, but most notably are Joshua James (as himself of course), and The Vibrant Sound is Mckay's main project.
The two also run a record label called Northplatte Records. It might not be as well known that the two are skaters. I don't mean longboard, but actual skateboarding, where people do tricks, and get harassed by cops. They do it well, too.
Mckay and I go back to 1996, when all we had was a box, a rail and church parking lot to skate. The sessions in the street in front of Joshua's house definitely bring back that feeling of being 16, and loving every second of skating that junky box, or a waxed curb.
Skateboarding is what got me into photography in the first place. There was a turning point when I wanted to capture that one "decisive moment" more than film the whole trick. Anyone that has tried shooting skateboarding, or any action photo for that matter, knows how tricky the timing is to get that perfect shot.
I love to skate, and I love to photograph it.
Here are some photos from the last couple weeks. Enjoi.

Mckay - wallride
backside 5-0
frontside 5-0
Joshua -feeble
nollie back tail
nollie smith

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jamie Craig

Skateboarding is fun. More to come...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009


I got a G10 a few weeks back. I have to admit, it is cool, but it is no SLR. I have come to terms that is a point and shoot, and that is how I need to use it. I still shot all these manually. I hate auto.