Yearly Archives: 2009

My best photo of 2009 with a few days to spare!

This is my brother and sister-in-law Laurence and Katie’s son Ben. Ben’s sister Anna and I were playing with him during a family brunch and he was darting under the table. I stuck my camera down under the table and took this picture blind (meaning I just pointed the camera and pushed the shutter button).

I didn’t do anything to it other than convert it to Black and White in Aperture, the software I use for my pictures.

This is not a perfect photograph, technically speaking. It is slightly out of focus, the background is completely blown out and over-exposed, one of Ben’s hands is cut off, and his hair is messy.

But of all the photographs I’ve taken this year, (around 30,000 is my guess), I think this is the best one so far. Why? Because it captures a moment in a life that might have otherwise gone missing. Because I love little Ben. He is warming up to his Uncle Steve and just a few weeks ago I never would have gotten this photograph. And because I feel like I could hang this picture on my wall and never tire of looking at it.

I thank g-d every day that I get the opportunity to do what I do with a camera, and I feel so richly rewarded. I just wanted to share that with you, my friends and family.

Happy Holidays.

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An Excuse To Clean The Kitchen

One of my clients needed to do a photo layout for a magazine ad/editorial, and I thought our kitchen would be a great location for it. And our old house rocked the shoot. Doreen did a wonderful job of helping me clean up the kitchen, and made some great suggestions that ended up helping me a lot. It was fun WFH today. :-)

The product name is deliberately blurred out in the photo below. And the large black and white photo in the front (mostly blurry) is actually a photo of my brother Dan and me!

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A drizzly portrait session

Young Marc is having his bar mitzvah soon, and his family wanted me to do some “lifestyle” portraits. The basketball shots were pretty simple, but there was a steady rain falling, which jeopardized our skate shots. However, I relied on my camera gear’s water sealing, and just went for it. Fun stuff!

All the pictures were shot with my Canon 1Ds Mark III using my Canon 580EX handheld with an extension cable. The basketball photos were done with my Canon EF 24 T/S L lens, and the skate photos were shot with the 16-35/2.8 L. Photos processed in Aperture with a little vignette, some exposure adjustments and that’s pretty much it.

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I am shooting portraits of the members of the Burlingame High School basketball program. These first photos are of the 2009-2010 varsity boys. My son Sam’s a member of the JV team, which I’ll photograph soon. The “THUNDER” in the title is a reference to the GS Warriors’ mascot and his theme song by AC/DC. Go Panthers! :-)

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Your Photos (part 1)

As a photographer, I have had the benefit of learning from some true masters of my art, both directly and indirectly. I am very fortunate for this. But I have learned not only from the masters, but from you. And you. And her. And him. And hundreds of people who have unwittingly taught me something about how to extend my vision, how to see better. Thank you to all of you. And here I present the first of many installments of photographs I’ve made of so many of you practicing your art.

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