A Refurbished Gem

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04.14.22

Opened in 1936, the GEM Theatre in Kannapolis featured one screen and seated 1,200 people. Constructed in the Art Deco style, it was refurbished in 2021 at a cost of $1.1 million and added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although I really wanted a shot of the illuminated neon marquee, it's only on at night. In order to capture a shot without cars or people, I opted for early morning. This allowed the image to showcase the refurbished facade. One day, I plan to attend a movie to see if the interior design looks as good as the exterior.


Desolate Landscape

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02.15.22

One of the best things about my home state of North Carolina is that it offers mountains on the western side of the state and beaches on the eastern. While most folks tend to gravitate toward spending time in the developed areas of commercialized beaches, I much prefer the ones that are a little more remote. From a photography perspective, they offer many more options. I particularly love when I find a driftwood beach. There's just something about the ocean, sky and those beautiful dead trees.


Automotive Lineage

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02.05.22

Bentley Motors Limited is a storied British automotive manufacturer. It began in 1919 in North London, was acquired by Rolls Royce in 1931, and has been a part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998. The cars, including this one, are produced in Crewe, England. The one shown is the Continental GT3R, a production car based on Bentley's GT3 racing car. This particular example was painted in matte silver, then wrapped in satin paint protection film to create the spectacular finish.


Psychedelic Studio Shots

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01.28.21
Product shots seem simple. Set a can up on a white background in a studio, point a light or two at it and shoot. In reality, they're quite a bit more complex. For this can of Monster Energy Drink, I started with a near flawlessly printed can. I set it on a white infinity tabletop background and lit it with an off-camera strobe. I then placed the can in the  freezer for an hour. Upon removal, I placed it back into the set, and allowed it to sit for about 15 minutes. The key ingredient was humidity, which allowed the condensation to form. I then took a series of shots over the span of about 15 minutes. After selecting the best one, the Photoshop work began to outline the can, create the background and merge the two. Not quite as simple as at first glance.


Retro-styled Classic

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01.21.21

I photograph cars far more frequently than motorcycles, but the same principles apply. The goal is to showcase the lines of the vehicle, its design characteristics, styling and heritage. Storied motorcycle brand, Indian, has existed in various forms since 1901. The Indian Chief Bobber faithfully blends vintage styling into a thoroughly modern motorcycle design.


Winter Solitude

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01.17.22

The Charlotte area seldom receives any snow, so I have to sometimes seek it out. Doing so typically involves a treacherous drive to the mountains – in this case Roan. There's something incredibly peaceful atop a mountain in the snow, even when the wind is gusting over 30 miles per hour. While that makes taking photos difficult, it's always worth it.


Aerial Architecture

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01.14.22

Sometimes, the only way to get a good shot of a building, particularly one in an urban area, is from the air. As an FAA-licensed drone pilot, I've handled some recent aerial projects for commercial architecture. At a glance, the shots seem pretty straightforward, but in actuality, they are quite complex. Research must be done regarding the best time of day for lighting, as well as activities going on in the city. In addition, permission must be granted by the FAA to fly in controlled airspace, and the flight must be safely conducted near buildings and over roads. When everything comes together, drones can be used to create some pretty compelling images.     


The Electric Revolution

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01.02.22

Not many people would call Tesla "the little car company that could," but they have consistently proved the doubters wrong. Think what you want about Elon Musk, but Tesla has proven to established automakers the world that electric vehicles are the future of the industry. They have the first-mover advantage, and owners love their products, but they will need to continue to innovate to lead in the EV space. I recently had the opportunity to photograph this Model S Plaid, which currently holds the title of "quickest car in the world." Impressive, by any standard.


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