Category Archives: People

Mack and Me in the Studio

These are pictures I took of myself and my son last year. 362 days later, on New Year’s Eve 2012, our beautiful son died unexpectedly from a blood infection. Now all we have left are the pictures. Fortunately I took thousands. At some point they will be a blessing to me (as they are to my wife even now) but at the moment they practically mock me.

Still, I am so glad that I have these images and, more importantly the memories. On this day it was just the two of us in the studio. He played with his LEGOs while I got the lighting and technology figure out (it had been 25 years since I had been in a studio) and then we took a few pictures of ourselves. I cherish every minute we had together. You can see more of these pictures on my flickr account.

John William McKenzie Brady – Best Boy Ever

 

Dog

We adopted a nearly 8 year old apricot toy poodle. She is fun, beautiful, and well trained. We are very pleased to have her join our family.

Remembering Mack

I have not posted on the PhotoBlog for the last few weeks. Our son Mack died unexpectedly on New Year’s Eve from a blood infection. Today is his 9th birthday. He will be missed, but I wanted to remember him in some of the photos that I have taken.

Christmas Time

Just a few snaps while we all get ready for Christmas. The lights on the boy was an experiment that worked in the sense that it should me what not to do. These two pics are the only ones that looked decent, but I will try it again in the studio over break.

Samovar Tea Lounge, San Francisco

I was in San Francisco for business this week and only had my iPhone 4S with me. I snapped these first two shots with that. The image of the “guest” asleep in front was taken a year before with a D7000. As I noted at the time on my flickr account,

The mild weather no doubt contributes to the large number of homeless people in San Francisco. The Samovar Tea Lounge is a beautiful and amazing place for tea and treats at the Yerba Beuna Gardens. It is very expensive, however, and the condition of the gentleman in the foreground shows in stark contrast to the average Samovar customer.

The iPhone (or any phone camera) makes for a nice surreptitious shot. I certainly would not (and did not) hide the fact that I was taking a picture, but it is so common place now that no one took notice. I like the active expressions of those engaged in conversation in this picture.

Soccer in the rain

We had a great tournament at Penn State this past weekend. A little rain wouldn’t stop these guys (and gals), oh no!

From Iceland to the Netherlands

I have been traveling in the Netherlands with a stopover in Iceland, thus the Kaffitár. Look for more images from the Lowlands coming soon. Aside from the coffee shop in Reykjavik, all of these shots are from Nijmegen.

Arts Fest Concert

The annual Arts Fest in State College has come and gone. We went to the late night concert by the 80s cover band “Velveeta.” It was a little cheesy.

Fireworks

This year I read a number of articles about proper techniques for taking pictures of fireworks. One key element that I could not control was location. Family obligations kept us a little further away so I included a stretch of beach with some people in the distant foreground. The wind was blowing off shore so the streaks are heading west to east (right to left as you view them.) These were all taken in the range of f/6 and 2-2.5s at ISO 100.

Keeping a watchful eye on the market

I am back from my trip to Freiburg, Germany. It was a very productive time and on the last day, yesterday, the sun broke through just long enough to get some pictures at the flower market taking place in the Freiburg Münsterplatz. This statue, presumably of St. George, since he is slaying a dragon, and this older women were vigilant.

Headed Home

After a great 2.5 days with colleagues I am headed home. I am currently in Frankfurt Flughaf after an easy 2 hour train ride and awaiting a mere 14 hours more of travel.

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Freiburg at Night