A Fitting End

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12.20.20

This shot at Driftwood Beach seemed to sum up the year that was 2020. Wreckage strewn about. Here's to hoping 2021 is a better year for everyone.


Planning Makes it Happen

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11.24.20

Yes, it's a car atop a parking structure. However, it's the planning that ultimately makes images like this as striking as they can be. Locations and access need to be researched online and in person –  together with the direction of the light and timing of the sunrise. Then there's getting the vehicle in place on time and waiting for right moment to shoot. Of course it doesn't hurt if the vehicle is a Tesla Model X.


Taking to the Skies

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10.12.20

Although cars and trucks are frequent subjects of my work, I recently had the opportunity to apply my knowledge of photographing them to doing the same for a private jet. While many aspects were similar, it was a far more complicated undertaking. For example,  it took a great deal more work to move the jet to different positions needed to capture the best light. And shooting the interior took hours – from the cockpit, to the kitchenette, to the lavatory, to the main cabin. It was a great experience, and I hope to do more of it in the near future.


Entirely Off the Grid

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09.28.20

Last week, I spent six days on a whitewater rafting trip on the Green River in Western Colorado. Not only was the scenery spectacular and the whitewater exhilarating, it was refreshing to be disconnected from everything. The Lodore Canyon is so remote, there is no cellular signal available anywhere. I lost track of what day it was and had no idea what was going on in the world. While that may sound a little scary, it was actually liberating. It allowed me to spend the entire time living in the moment – enjoying all that the trip had to offer.


The Complexity of Product Photography

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09.09.20

On the surface, product shots seem simple. Set an object on a tabletop/background, light it and take a photo. The reality is often far different. This energy drink can for Monster has silver areas that reflect everything in close proximity. The red color had to be rendered accurately, in accordance with the brand, – and the pattern of condensation needed to visually indicate the cold nature of the beverage. Together, these factors made for a tough shoot. Once the final image was selected, the can was then outlined and the matching red fractal background was created in Photoshop to complete the image.


The Great Escape

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08.23.20

During the COVID-19 pandemic, remote areas like Hawksbill Mountain provide a wonderful escape from all that's going on in the world. Sure, they take some time to reach – from the drive to the summit hike – but spending time by oneself, some 2,000 feet above the Linville Gorge is incredibly refreshing. 


The Unsung American Supercar

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08.12.20

The Dodge Viper debuted in 1992 and was produced until 2017 (with a hiatus from 2011-2012). While it never sold in volumes to match the Chevrolet Corvette, that contributed to its appeal. The version I photographed here was one of the final iterations produced at the end of the 2017 production run – the ACR/TA. It was custom manufactured for Woodhouse Dodge and features  a 650hp tuned version of the Viper's 8.4-liter V10 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. In addition, it includes various other carbon fiber bodywork designed to optimize on-track performance.


Growing Skyline

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07.18.20

I've lived in the Charlotte area for just over ten years, and it's amazing to me how many of the buildings in this skyline shot did not exist when I moved here. The number of cranes in this image indicate that growth is continuing. It's great to be a part of a thriving community.


Getting Back to Nature

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06.13.20

The Covid-19 pandemic has kept me at home for several months. I recently visited some more obscure areas of nature, including beautiful Grogan's Creek Falls near Brevard, N.C. It was wonderful to be back outdoors and experiencing nature again.


Uncertain Times

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03.31.20

A few weeks ago, the world experienced the outbreak of a new Coronavirus. Unprecedented steps have been taken to slow its spread, including stay-at-home orders in most of the United States. Retail businesses have been shuttered to prevent large numbers of people from gathering. Clearly, this is having serious short-term effects on the retail industry. It will be interesting to see the long-term effects when this event is over. When I photograph retail businesses, I purposely avoid the inclusion of people. Today, that would be far easier to do.


Evolution of an American Icon

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03.25.20

The Corvette debuted in 1953, and has been a front-engine American sports car icon ever since. Chevrolet decided that it had reached the limits of performance with that configuration, and for the 2020 model year, moved the engine behind the driver. This photo contrasts the C7 and C8 designs – showcasing similar styling cues and differences in proportions. It will be interesting to see how the new mid-engine configuration elevates the perception of the Corvette on the world automotive stage.


Natural Serenity

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03.15.20

It's always a joy to travel to a remote location at an off-peak time to take in all that it has to offer. In this case it was an isolated waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The hike was short, but the payoff was big. It's not often that such a long series of cascades is visible from a single vantage point. I spent about an hour at the falls, taking a variety of shots and simply enjoying the solitude.


Dream Come True

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02.10.20

When I was a kid, I had posters of the Lamborghini Countach on my bedroom wall. It was my dream car. It took some 40 years, but I recently had the opportunity to spend an hour photographing the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO – and creating modern posters for other kids to dream.


The Polite Supercar Company

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01.03.20

Founded in London in 1913, Aston Martin is a storied British automotive company that has built some of the most iconic cars in history. Last week, I finally had the opportunity to photograph one. The new DB11 was worth the wait. From the exterior to the interior, from how it looked to how it sounded, the car exuded a perfect blend of sophistication and power. My challenge was to effectively showcase its sublime form.        


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