We recently spent 2 weeks traveling through central and southern Morocco, taking in the fortified cites, ancient souks and desert landscapes of this beautiful country in North Africa. Color and life abounds in the streets and we were warmly welcomed everywhere we went. The shopping districts and souks are the lifeblood of commerce in Morocco and I used my camera to capture the energy and vitality of them. The moment a camera is brought up to eye level, most Moroccans will avoid being photographed. To get around this problem, I shot these images at waist level, simply pointing my wide angle lens at a scene and hoping for the best. As I used this technique more, I became more comfortable with it and was able to quietly document the daily life of the people here. Enjoy!
Had a wonderful day shooting Brian Whittington, the owner and Executive Chef of Preserved Restaurant in St. Augustine and several of his signature dishes. Brian has two other properties, The Chop Shop, an artisan butchery and Smoked, a southern BBQ restaurant. Preserved Restaurant is committed to serving fresh, locally procured proteins and produce. All ingredients for the kitchen are made with locally grown, seasonal ingredients. Preserved is passionately committed to sustainability. All leftover produce is pickled, canned and sold at the Chop Shop.
The Jacksonville Beach Golf Club asked me to shoot some images for a new marketing campaign. It’s been completely redesigned with new fairways and greens and is now one of the best public golf courses in the city of Jacksonville.
Super excited to be participating in 8 Visions, a photo exhibition of monochrome and alternative process photography at Southlight Gallery on November 7th. The show will include work by 8 photographers including friends Tom Hager, Paul Karabinis and more. I have been using Hahnemuhle Fine Art Photo Rag paper to print the work and have been very pleased with the beautiful rich tones this paper gives to black and white photography.
Catch 27 is one of St. Augustine’s premier seafood restaurants and I was given the opportunity to shoot some behind the scenes images and portraits for Historic Coast Culture. These folks are artisans with food and watching them in action was a true learning experience.
Even though I have lived in Florida almost my whole life, I’ve never explored it’s unique system of freshwater springs. Florida has the greatest assemblage of artesian springs in the world, with over 1,000 springs documented so far. Springs and spring runs are a unique class of ecosystems that are windows into the aquifer, which is the major source of our drinking water. Betsy and I have traveled to several already and have been amazed by their natural beauty and diversity of wildlife. We hope to visit more soon!
Riding a moving wall of water as it bends and curves towards the beach is an incredible feeling and that’s why surfing is so addictive. Here are a couple of recent images that use a slow shutter and panning to capture the speed and excitement that a surfer feels when they are on a wave.
The dual camera on the IPhone 7 Plus is a new and powerful option for photographers seeking an alternative to DSLR’s. Low-light photos are so much better than they used to be because the wide-angle f/1.8 aperture lens lets in a lot more light than the f/2.2 lens on the iPhone 6. Portrait mode switches to the zoomed-in, 56mm-equivalent, 6.6mm “telephoto” lens. The camera will attempt to detect your subject, and then if the lighting conditions are right, you’ll see a live preview that keeps your subject sharp while blurring the background with a lovely bokeh effect. A little label pops up on the screen to say “Depth Effect” so you know you’ve got it, and you’ll get a warning if there isn’t enough light. Color rendering is excellent and burst mode is fantastic for capturing action shots. Here are some recent shots I took with the Iphone 7 and a link to an excellent overview of the features by dpreviews. Enjoy!!
I was recently asked to shoot artistic director Susan Pardue and the members of The Florida Chamber Music Project, which provides live classical music in an intimate chamber music setting for residents of St. Johns County, St. Augustine, Clay County, Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. Their talent and dedication to classical music is inspiring, and hearing them live was a memorable experience. More info on the FCMP can be found here.
So grateful that the editors of National Geographic have chosen a recent photo of Brian and Brandon Fleming shot in Atlantic Beach for their Daily Dozen feature! 12 photos are selected by the editorial staff and featured from the thousands that are uploaded each day. The article can be found here: http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/daily-dozen/2018-03-08/
To see more of my work published by NatGeo click here.