Somehow, I blame Werner Herzog for all of this. Whenever I manage to do something stupid in a “man versus nature” sort of way, I can’t help but to think that somehow the Bavarian madman director is influencing my bad decisions. Anyone that has seen the superb documentary about the making of Fitzcarraldo can feel the [...]
Amateur boxing from Granada Nicaragua. This was a blast, the little kids were amazing. Life for the kids in Grenada is touch, there are so many “lost children” who live on the streets and sniff glue to kill hunger, misery, and boredom. Seeing these kids boxing was great, and in the amazing setting of colonial [...]
Food photography, the dark art, made more impossible by shooting sushi on location at the restaurant. Food photography is probably the most difficult specialty in photography; sauces run, meat looks dry in seconds, lettuce wilts, and sushi becomes pale and unappetizing almost instantly.
The allure of the clean white kitchen is inescapable. It is also really tricky to shoot because white walls are a series of gradients that can look muddy if lit improperly. I shoot interiors differently from most photographers in Costa Rica because I generally work in daylight, and do not use HDR photography as it looks [...]
Photographing shiny objects is hard, and working with small sets amplifies the difficulty. When working with reflective items like this watch, what you see is not so much the object, but more what is reflected in the surfaces. This means that all of the lighting on the set must be flawless, and the surrounding area must [...]