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Travel: The Grand Canyon

Here are a few images from my recent trip to The Grand Canyon.  It is without a doubt MASSIVE.  So massive that the brain can’t really comprehend how something so vast can be created and sustained pretty much on its own.  The challenge in capturing something so immense (mid day on a beautiful sunny day might I add) is trying to figure out how to not make the images appear flat and boring.  I focused on perspective in a few shots by comparing something tiny such as a group of tourists or one person to The Grand Canyon and also had some fun with the editing.  Overall, it was a great trip and a photography bucket list item that I can now cross off 🙂 Check out my images below!  

  We also made a stop to The Hoover Dam.










And here’s someone doing exactly what the tour guide told us not to do.  There’s always one…and in this case, I saw more than one person standing on the rocks on this sunny but quite windy day just to get a photo.  This was the only person I managed to take a photo of.

Wish List: Tamron 18-400 f3.5-6.3 lens

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 Via Tamron’s site:

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Introducing the world’s first ultra-telephoto all-in-one zoom lens for the APS-C format. With a focal length range of 18-400mm and 22.2x zoom, it has an ultra-telephoto range equivalent to 620mm in the 35mm format. This brings distant subjects closer, while providing perspective-flattening effects that are only possible with an extreme telephoto lens. Plus it offers exceptional optical performance across the entire zoom range—from wide angle to ultra-telephoto. With this new lens—and its Moisture-Resistant Construction—Tamron brings the art of photography to the joy of travel. Now you can use the same lens to shoot everything from stunning landscapes and neon-lit cities to detailed portraits and delicate flora. The ultra-telephoto range makes it just as easy to photograph animals and sports. And with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.9, you can even enjoy tele-macro photography.

Travel: Niagara Falls & Watkins Glen State Park

I decided to squeeze an end of summer getaway into my extended weekend and I’m so glad that I did!  Having never been to Niagara Falls or Watkins Glen State Park, I was taken aback by the magnitude and beauty of both destinations.  Here are a few pics from the trip and some video of my journey on the famous “Maid of the Mist” boat ride which takes you as close as you can get to the falls, with the added bonus of a refreshing shower along the way…



And for the sake of experimentation, I decided to add some HDR effects to this picture.  What do you think?


Corazon headed to The Outflix Film Festival in Memphis TN!

Memphis TN, here’s your chance to catch my latest short film on the big screen!  “Corazon” is headed to the south to screen at The Outflix Film Festival Monday 2/29/16.  The festival begins at 6:30 at Malco Studio on the Square.  My film is a late entry so it is not listed on their website but it will be screened :-).  If you’re in town, do check out the film along with the other film selections for the evening.


I stepped in the ring with boxer Henry DeLeon

I photographed Brooklyn boxer Henry DeLeon as he trained for the Golden Gloves here in NYC.  It was actually my first time in a boxing gym and inside the ring but it was a great experience.  I haven’t gotten the opportunity to see Henry fight yet but if he fights anything like he trains, he’s already a champion.





Henry boxes out of the Mendez Boxing Club here in NYC.  He got his start at this very same club a few years ago and has even worked there as a trainer.












Just watching him train made me tired, but he kept going, non stop.  As a matter of fact, everyone did.  The entire gym was filled with men and women training, boxing, and running to the sound of a timer that signified when they should start and stop for breaks.
























Break time.













The atmosphere in the gym was great.  I thought people would stray away from my camera but it was the opposite.  People seemed comfortable around it and opened up to me a bit.  Henry’s trainer Moses has been with him since the start and continues to help him train today.
























This was a great challenge for myself as I haven’t really tried sports photography.  Capturing Henry’s speed was a bit of a challenge and after a few of his training sequences, I realized that I had to get out of my comfort zone (all manual everything) and for the first time I actually took advantage of my camera’s auto sports photography setting.  Blasphemy, I know.  But I re-learned a lesson that I keep in the back of my mind when photographing.  You must learn the rules first so that you can break them.  I know how to capture fast moving objects in manual and make the outcome look the way I want it to look, however I appreciated the option to not have to constantly readjust my settings and let the camera do it for me.  Having never really used any of the auto settings on my camera I must admit, it was a delight…but I couldn’t wait to get back to my manual settings!
























I wasn’t sure what to expect walking into a boxing gym for the first time because let’s be clear, I don’t do gyms.  I just don’t.  I am an “outsider” with a camera.  However, I was warmly welcomed by Henry and his training team for the day as well as the other gym members.  I asked Henry “What are you fighting for?”.  To paraphrase, he said it was the passion and love for the sport.  The feeling and the attention that he gets when he enters the ring.  “I love it…” he states, and it certainly appears that way.



















I love the sport of boxing and really appreciate Henry DeLeon and the Mendez Gym for opening their doors to me.  Good luck to Henry as he fights his way up to that Golden Gloves championship!

What are you fighting for?