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My Nonscientific Review of the 7artisans 25mm f1.8

Last week I bought the 7artisans 25mm f1.8 manual focus lens I saw this lens on Amazon and it immediately caught my attention. I tried to research the lens on the internet, but alas I couldn’t find anything meaningful on its performance. It took me a couple of months to buy this lens. Without knowing […]

You Have to Stop and Take a Look Back

This gallery here is from April 2005 in Lafayette, Colorado. My friend Longboard Ric was working with a group of young skateboarders (groms) and I went along for the ride.

The Best One-Day Music Festival I’ve Ever Been To – The Whitaker Block Party

The Whiteaker Block Party is a neighborhood event the Whiteaker neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon. This was the 11th year of the Blockparty. The neighborhood residents and businesses in pull together an volunteer to throw a ten-hour party. Which is more like a music festival than block party.

Subjects and Muses

Last December was the first time I caught the band Childspeak. I loved their music immediately, I also find this band a compelling photographic subject. I’ve photographed them on stage and off stage. There comes a point when your subjects become your friends and your friends become your subjects. Photographing people is a personal process, […]

The Domestics at The Doug Fir Lounge

The Domestics are one of my favorite bands. They don’t get that admiration just because of their stellar musicianship and songwriting. They are professionals. They really bust their ass to make it happen. It is different for everybody of course. Leo, Michael, Kyle, Matt and Brad are also friends. So when they call, I come […]

A Night of Childspeak

It doesn’t matter whether we’re photographing dog catchers, accountants or musicians. Photographing groups of people always adds another level of complexity over photographing one person. It’s difficult enough to coordinate with one or two people, it’s even more so with four or six people. There’s usually an element of uncertainty when photographing groups. If there’s […]

Broken Heart Rodeo

Next month I am having my first solo gallery show in town. The photography show’s theme is the musicians of Eugene, Oregon. Fortunately, I have good friends that are musicians. They decided to get together and volunteer to play the opening event for me. I am very excited about this event. One of the bands […]

Another Great Pancho Show

There is a huge difference between shooting live music and experiencing a show. I photograph a lot of shows. There are some acts that I put more work into than others. Some bands put more work into their show than others. So how I approach each set is different. To me there’s more to a […]

An Evening with the Suburban Dead

Last Wednesday I got the opportunity to photograph Pancho + the Factory. I have been wanting to get a shoot with those guys for weeks now. They have a big show coming up and a bunch of new songs, but Steve giving me that precious practice time with them was fantastic. There was no time […]

The Vivitar 90-230mm f4.5 Review

The lens that you didn’t know you didn’t need. This is almost a review of a lens. I don’t do technical reviews, this is just a usability review. Without going too far into Vivitar’s history, Vivitar is an American photo-equipment company that didn’t actually make their own equipment. In regards to their lenses, they would […]

Women’s March in Eugene

I walked out my door at 11am to go to the march. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how any people would be there. My plan was not to document, but I always carry a camera. The 15 minute walk to downtown Eugene was pretty quiet, so I just assumed this event […]

Happy New Year!

Eugene Psychedelic Ball No New Year’s Eve party is complete with a bunch bands crushing it all night long. This was a lot of show. I caught a piece of every band that played and I tried to get good shots of each band but you know how it can get crazy at a NYE […]

Year in Portraits – 2016

The “Year in Pictures” thing is a popular theme this time of year. I think a lot of photographers love the retrospective. This year I put together a group of my favorite portraits. Most of these are not “sit and smile” shots. In fact they are off-the-cuff shots of friends and family. those are often […]

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Photographers

This is a story of one of my recent failures, sort of… Last Friday there was a show I wanted to shoot. I hit up the organizers and got a media pass and I was ready to shoot. It was a long show, with lots of performers. I try to go into every gig with […]

Forty Five Minute Close-up

My love for funky lenses of a certain vintage is no secret. Today, weather played a factor in the amount of time I had with a Sears 28-200mm f4-5.6 macro lens. I only had a small window of time to walk around the neighborhood with this lens. Macro vs. Close-up There is a difference between […]