768 steps, spiraling up a narrow steeple atop the medieval town of ulm.
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scaffolding braced the centuries-old gothic wonder, so i shot what i love best – light and shadow. somehow we flew up there, beyond the belfry, at golden hour in the crisp autumn air. we did it, martin and i climbed up the tallest church spire in the world! at dinner later (inside the oddly squat and slanted zur forelle restaurant), i felt waves of movement cascading through me, in directions i could not describe.
sometimes, hopefully only once in her life, the photographer is the bride. in this case, the bride must leave her camera at home and work on creating the picture for other people to experience and record.
for my american-german wedding, i assembled a team to produce the event. many mood boards were created and communicated. i built an “antique” tiled mirror as set design. i hired dani rodriguez to do the painterly photography. we made sure there were distant fairy lights for bokeh in the photographs. we visited the location and plotted out the path for dani to take on foot with his camera as the gondola boats would be floating through the canals. as a result, we ended up with a lovely story full of dynamics and movement. i enjoyed doing post-production and cutting together a slide show with music that was played or performed live at our wedding.
.. orbits of the earth eye…
art direction, candle photos and web design by sp
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these two sweeties were a dream to photograph. what a day they had, and what a color for a dress! it was super fun to lead them over to the swingset and record the afterglow of their ceremony. click image for more photos!
…analog rose filters, or virtual time spent in a quality RAW editor; we choose how we tone the world. i have recently been using a trial version of capture one pro editing software, and here you can see the results of my color grading experimentation.
it was a good challenge to use less-than-perfect shots and try to rescue them in post, to see what the software and my skills could do. i opted for a handmade split toned amber and grey palette to bring focus to mihi and lessen crowd distractions.
i hope his warmth shines through!
it might seem odd to start things off with an ending, but somehow the time is now. this summer, some friends of mine and friends of friends attended the nation of gondwana festival in grünefeld, germany. i’m always conflicted about which camera to bring on a rough-and-tumble journey. we packed our bicycles with tents and supplies in saddle bags and headed for an adventure of bikes on crowded trains and country roadside paths. the previous two years, i had brought along my medium-format analog holga. while those were definitely interesting photographic experiences, this year i wanted to be able to shoot more and not bother with changing film or wasting film if, say, the temperamental flash decided not to work. plus, this was our one big summer escape, and i wanted to enjoy myself and see what would happen if i shot everything at 5.6 while being part of the party, not as a strict photographer.
shooting wasn’t easy. rain wanted to play with us and the fog on the dance floor made autofocus impossible. i threw my nikon d5100 into manual focus and tried to still my dancing feet for each shot. but i love to dance! so as i said, the photos from this journey are a compromise between being the party and recording the party. and the point of this whole story is this: we just learned that mihi, one of the friends of friends, was training for a half marathon and his heart failed. mihi is dead. these are some of the last photos of his life.
normally, it’s wise only to post one’s best work, right? but what if that technical standard is compromised by emotional meaning? what, then, is the point of photography? in this case, these photos are a recording. they document celebration of life on a gloomy day. earlier, mihi was wearing a pair of rose-colored glasses, and i complimented him on them. he lent them to me and i tried to return them to him at the end of the festival. he told me i should probably keep them. thanks, mihi. thanks for sharing your lenses. i will now share mine.