September 17, 2019


It has been a seriously long time since I’ve done a band shoot. I am lucky enough to know these folks; Rad Max! After a brutal workday, the Canon 6D got dusted off, the 20mm and 50mm along with a couple cheap ass strobes (YongNuo 3’s) hit Portland’s Clinton Street Theater. What an awesome group to work with and a killer place to shoot. Naturally, one of those cheap ass strobes crapped out so single flash bounce was the option. Check out a couple pics

September 16, 2018

Crescent Lake in September

Taking I5 south from Portland to Eugene is a burn. Passing countless outlet malls, scenic wineries, the government seat and a very vintage theme park brings you to the crossing point. Highway 58 cuts east over the Cascades, past gorgeous forest lands that evolve from a thick Douglass Fir tangle along the water into an arid, Ponderosa Pine plateau shortly after crossing Willamette Pass at 5100′. We spent a couple days here, at Crescent Lake the first week after Labor Day. I packed my comfort meal, the Canon 6D, Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens, the EF 20mm f2.8. I pressed the shutter button a few times.

April 13, 2018

Tierra Del Mar, X-E1 & 7Artisans – Black and White Photography

Recently I picked up a Fujifilm X-E1 digital camera on Craigslist here in PDX for a great price. I have been casually shooting the Sony NEX 3N for about 2 years and wanted a similar sized body but with the controls and styling that the X series was offering so this was my jumping point. Since the budget was dependent on unloading the Sony setup I decided to run with the 7Artisans 25mm f1.8. This manual focus lens is really competitively priced (under $100 USD) and is generally appealing feature wise. Knowing we were headed to the coast for a few days, this would be my kit and a solid…

August 26, 2016

Setting Your Ebay Store on Vacation & Handling Times

It has been some time since my last post but this one hit home for me recently and pretty hard. I’ve been selling casually on eBay for 15 years. In 2016 I decided to formalize my effort with eBay and Etsy to make a solid stream of side income and so far in 2016, things have been going great. I’m paying for an eBay basic store subscription and have had one in the past, it works out OK, I’m a Top Rated Powerseller and make the most of the FVF credits/discounts and the USPS Shipping discount (this actually helps my business model to exist). So, we’re 8 months into 2016 and…

August 22, 2015

Eden Park Hike & Testing the Sony Nex-3N

I think the last time I went backpacking was in 2001, hitting a piece of the AT in North Jersey when I was working as a camp counselor for the Stony Brook Watershed. The opportunity came up this August here in Portland to head to the North Side (aka, non burning side) of Hood for a bit of a hike in and night out in the back country. Not at all inclined to add the SLR & lenses to the already 30lb frame pack, I trolled Craigslist and ended up with a very reasonably priced (230.00) Sony Nex-3N with the Sigma Art 30mm 2.8 lens, Lowepro belt case and a…

May 11, 2013

Long Beach Island, May 2013

We finally made it to the shore for the first time this year. It’s been almost 6 months to the day that hurricane Sandy smashed this place, and a lot of the damage still remains. The apartment my parents stay in was thankfully untouched as its on the second story, however until 2 weeks ago, there was no staircase to get in the door. This was also the last trip in the field with my beloved Canon 5D. I’ve finally upgraded cameras and passed the 5D along to my buddy Brendan. No fish were caught, the weather was overall terrible and it was a great time, here’s some of my favorite…

May 6, 2013

Steel Site Hike

Probably the most interesting feature in our new found hometown is the abandoned Phoenixville Steel site. Ages ago, the steel mill built this town and up through the 1980’s, was the chief employer in town. The mill went out, and the site, which separates town from Mont Claire/across French Creek is one big, bizarre open space.  Debris, abandoned rail lines, smoke stacks, bridges & brick cellars dot this landscape, remnants of this centuries aged industrial wheel. Needless to say, it makes for great photography, and how amazing would it have been to hit this place in the mid 90’s? The town has multiple bids on this property, condos, apartments, minor league baseball,…

December 12, 2012

Firebird Festival 2012

Its wild to think we’ve been here for over a year, and that this is the second Firebird Festival we’ve attended. This is probably the most interesting and worthwhile of Phoenixville’s events, and definitely worth checking out. Steel was this town’s main industry, the Phoenix becoming the icon for the intense forges. The mill went out of business in the 80’s, and the town fell into poverty, apparently Phoenixville was a pretty terrible place. The festival started in the 2000’s, as the town slowly (and still is) turning a new leaf and becoming a nicer place. Its a great way to turn the page on the year. Firedancers/eaters from group