Friday, September 19, 2014

Going Blue

A long time ago, Aurora asked if she could dye her hair blue. I had no problem with that. Nancy thought is was a cool idea. But for the last few years, she held out because she was concerned that it might not be appropriate for a Seido karateka. After getting approval from her Kyoshis, and in preparation for her advanced brown belt promotion, she took the plunge! Seido blue, all the way!

The first step was getting her dark brown hair bleached so that it would accept the dye. That took the better part of the afternoon. Bleach, rinse, repeat. Took a while.

On saturday morning, when it was finally blue, she was the happiest camper! Seeing her last night at her kumite portion of her promotion, and seeing her blue hair peeking out from under her protective headgear was awesome. She is rocking that BLUE!

Kumite at Cayuga Lake Seido Karate

Today I am posting just a few photos from last night's kumite session at Cayuga Lake Seido. It is always incredible to watch everyone in their gear, jabbing and kicking and laughing, all at the same time.

Seeing Aurora's blue hair poking out of her foam headgear is kinda funny. Seido blue, all the way!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lake Training with Cayuga Lake Seido Karate at Myers Point in Lansing

Lake Training with Cayuga Lake Seido Karate at Myers Point in Lansing 

This was the biggest assemblage of students and families, that I have ever seen gather for Lake Training at CLSK. Every year this Lake Training gets bigger! This year, we had perfect weather. Sunny, warm but not sweltering. We had a live band and cheering fans.... okay, those were for the paddleboard races happening, but it was sure fun to hear rock n roll while doing kata.

For the first time, I attempted to use the Fuji XT1 as a "sports" camera. Also shot RAW+jpg. The images here are jpg SOOC (straight out of camera). I had been having all sorts of problems with my Fuji 55-200 lens... but now everything seems to be working perfectly! My only regret yesterday was not owning a waterproof camera/case. It would have been even more fun to be in the water RIGHT NEXT to everyone... getting splashed and not worrying one bit about getting wet. Maybe next year?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jenny and Clinton's Wedding in PA

These are a few images from Jenny and Clinton's wedding last month. They are such a photogenic couple! Makes photographing a wedding seem easy.  Thank you both! Good luck in Montana. Watch out for those jackalopes.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stacked Up and Getting Ready

Over the past four months of photographing around NYC, I have been collecting ideas and inspiration... all building towards putting together an installation. As I look back over hundreds of images, what I am struck by is the range of themes. I have had such a wild experience shooting through different times of day, seasons, locations... all of that has made selecting images for final prints very difficult. There is so much that surprises me in these images... so much more that I want to see again and try to see through a different lens or a different time of day... all in hopes of finding that perfect shot.

As I begin the winnowing process, I am struck by how difficult it is to say one image is so much better than another. My feeling is that as the selection process continues, it will be more about pulling together a common thread. Finding that theme that rolls through all of my images. It is an exciting prospect while being simultaneously daunting in scope.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Not Your Average Senior Portrait

Over the past couple weeks, I have gotten the usual calls about shooting senior portraits... most parents want pretty standard photos. Not this kid.

When Nathan emailed me, I knew we had fun in store. I was pretty sure we would be able to do something way more fun. Throwing aside the "safe" lighting setups, we went for broke. We had such a blast goofing around in the studio, trying out all sorts of cool lighting ideas. Normally I have to use a delicate hand but Nathan said: Go for it! So we did! Very exciting images.

There are only a few more open sessions this summer for 2014-2015 HS Senior Portraits. Don't wait.