Shifting To The West Coast


If you have been to my website lately, you will notice that Brunswick, Maine has been replaced with San Diego, California.  That’s because as of this coming Thursday I will no longer be calling Maine my home.  I’ll be well on my way back to San Diego. 

Maine has been a great opportunity to learn and grown with respect to my photography, but once you are exposed to 75 degree weather year-round, it’s hard to really adjust to anything different.  I will be back in San Diego in late September and I hope to grab some amazing images at some really awesome places along the way.  I’d love to tell you where those places are, but I know you’ll understand that you will have to wait until after I’ve been there.

I hope you guys have a great summer and I will be bringing you updates from different parts of the globe as I am able to.  I will do my very best to update the blog at least once a week if not more.  It just all depends on the schedule and how it plays out.  I’ll have my camera with me every step of the way and I know there will be plenty of photo ops, which is a recipe for great images. 

See you on the other side!  🙂



Need Something Fun to Shoot? Shoot Children!

If you are ever in need of a really fun subject to shoot, you can always get kids to pose for a frame or two.  Not to mention that they are usually very playful with the camera and love to have their picture taken.  It’s one of the reasons that I practice a lot on my own kids… they really get a kick out of being photographed!

Here’s a few shots that I took for some friends back in April when I was out in San Diego.  Little Miss Caitlyn was a lot of fun to work with and he was such a ham!  What do you think?

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Preparing to Depart Maine

zune I wanted to write today to let you know that my time in Maine is up and it’s nearly time to get underway and start our trip to San Diego.  I have really enjoyed my time living in Maine and got the chance to take some wonderful shots.  Maine truly is a very beautiful State and the weather isn’t that bad (four months out of the year)! 

I will be sailing away with my new ship shortly and I’m looking forward to getting back out to sea and doing some more shooting in the ports we stop and visit.  I promise, there will be more good things to come! 

With all that said, I won’t be able to update the blog as much as I would like to so I hope you will stay with me and hold out for the updates (when they finally do come).  I’ve slowly been bring my personal effects on board the ship and stowing them securely.  As a matter of fact, I recently picked up a Microsoft Zune to provide me with some underway entertainment.  It’s got a 3.2″ screen and plays mp3 files as well as video so I can watch TV shows, podcasts, and movies.  I’ll probably review that here later, after I have a little more time to play with it. 

I hope you all have a kick-ass week and I look forward to keeping you abreast of what the Navy is doing with it’s newest Destroyer and I’ll be sure to have plenty of great images (along with all the tech data about how I set up for them too) for you to enjoy.  See you tomorrow!  🙂

My "Big Project"

FC1_Zeller I know you have heard me mention before about this “Big Project” I’ve been working on.  Well, it’s true.  I have been quite busy working on the Commissioning Book for my Command.  Now, I haven’t been specifically working on the book portion but the photography instead.  You know all those portraits I wrote about?  Yeah, that’s them.  I think I shot around 300 or so.  This all in addition to my normal duties as a professional Sailor!

The Commissioning Book is sort of like a ship’s Cruise Book and documents all the people, places, and events of a deployment and in our case, the commissioning process that a new ship goes through.  I have really put a lot into this book and the photography that went into it as well.  Not only did I take the portraits, I also took most of the candids and most of the event photos.  I know it sounds nuts, but that’s kind of what happens when you’re the ship’s photographer. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all.  The experience that I have gotten out of this project is worth more than it’s weight in gold.  Sure, I didn’t paid for it but it will pay off later on when I retire from the Navy.  Then I can collect on the experience gained.  Once the book is out, I will post some images of some of the pages and work that went into it.  I worked a little in Adobe InDesign which was very cool, as I had never used that program before.  It took a little getting used to, but since I’ve worked with Adobe products for quite some time now it was pretty easy to pick up. 

I edited the last few portraits today and got them to the book coordinators to include in the book.  I will probably have a few more to take of late arrivals, but I consider my part of the project done.  No more late nights on duty spent in Photoshop and Lightroom into the wee hours of the morning!  (At least for this project anyway.)

I hope you have a great weekend and don’t forget to get out and get some pictures taken!  I will be doing the same.  I may head down to the Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, ME to shoot some family photos before we sail away.  More on that to come!  See you next week!  🙂

Killer Deal on Drobos!


Hey, I had to post this and I want to give a huge “Thank you” to Tom at Data Robotics for posting a comment on my post from Monday.  He listed a URL that takes you to a page on Data Robotics’ website that lists some great deals on Drobos loaded with Western Digital hard drives.  Right now you can pick up a Drobo loaded with 2 – 1TB Western Digital drives for $749.00 after a $50.00 mail-in rebate!  That rocks!  Thanks again Tom for that great information.  You can check it out for yourself by clicking here.  At this price, it’s hard not to justify the purchase!

Photography Permits: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

Among all the hot topics in the photography business, permits has got to be close to the top of the list.  It’s hard to find information about them and there is no guarantee that you will be granted one for your shoot.  But you don’t want to have your shoot interrupted by a police officer or a security guard much less have your camera confiscated, right?  Yeah, neither do I. 

Scott Kelby wrote an awesome article on his blog about permits and disclosed everything he knows about them and even cited some personal experiences.  It’s highly worth the read!  You can check it out here. 

That’s it for today.  We’re halfway through the week and it’s almost time for the weekend!  Charge your batteries, get your models ready, and plan to shoot like heck this weekend! 🙂

Tuesday Photo News


We made it through Monday and so here is some of what is happening in the world of photography this week!

  • One of the photogs that I follow, Ken Rockwell, recently had a new baby girl.  She was born on May 28th, 2008 (my birthday)!  He’s already got a few pictures up of her, so go check it out!
  • Scott Kelby posted a short video of what it’s like to be at Photoshop World!  I highly encourage you to watch the clip, but I’m warning you now… it will REALLY make you want to go to Photoshop World!  (As if you didn’t want to go already, right?)  Here’s the link!
  • Check out the review that Steve Anchell wrote in Shutterbug of the Nikon D3.  I have been waiting to read this for quite some time and here it is!
  • Jessica Claire, named one of the top ten wedding photographers in the world by American Photo Magazine has recently started consulting other photographers.  Here prices are steep, but if you want to learn from one of the best in the biz, that’s the price you pay!  Click here to find out more.

That’s it for today’s edition of Tuesday Photo News, stop back by tomorrow for more gouge from the digital photography world!  I’ll try and write something interesting!  Have a great day!