Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fall of The Berlin Wall: 25 Years Later


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November 9th 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 96 mile long , 12 foot high concrete barrier completely surrounded The German Democratic Republic (East Berlin), cutting it off not only from West Germany but the rest of Europe as well.  The GDR called it an “Anti-Fascist Rampart” to protect them from negative influences of Western capitalism and culture but it’s true purpose was to stem the mass exodus from East to West in the post war period between 1949 and 1961.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Killing Kristoph: What Do You Do When Your Hen Turns Out to be a Rooster?

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Kristoph Silver Laced Wyandotte
We should have figured it out earlier. The chick’s large size and aggressive behavior toward the other chicks were early clues, but we had ordered from a reputable supplier who we assumed had the experience to sex the chicks accurately. Then one morning it became blatantly obvious. Wynonna stretched out her neck and let out a loud “ert-er-ert-er-errrrrr.” Yep, we had us a rooster.

We changed its name to Kristoph and began to weight the pros and cons of having a rooster in the flock. On the plus side he helped to kept the flock from straying too far; he rounded them into the coop in the evening and sounded an alarm when cats or dogs came onto the property or when a hawk flew overhead. The down side was the potential to disturb the neighbors with his crowing and the unrelenting chasing and mounting of the hens. He is an adolescent after all.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Freiburg Germany: Greenest City in the World?

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This past August we took a family vacation to visit friends in Freiberg, Germany. Nestled in the Black Forest, Freiburg is one of the greenest cities in the world thanks to its tram system, cycle paths, solar paneled rooftops, wind turbines and the shared commitment of its citizens to live eco-friendly lives. With over 2000 hours of sunshine per year Freiburg is the warmest and sunniest city in Germany.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Photographing in Low Light

Laurel Hill Cemetery presents the  1964 horror classic "Carnival of Souls"  as part of their Cinema in the Cemetery series. ISO 3200, 1/25th at f/4 using Canon 24-105 f/4 IS


The following is based on the premise that we will not be using flash of any kind. No on-camera flash, no off-camera flash, no bounce flash, no pop-up flash, no flash of any kind. Our objective is to be as discrete as possible so as not to interrupt the event that is taking place in front of us.  We will not be using a tripod as we will want to remain mobile and to be able to react as quickly as possible to what is happening around us.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Focus Philadelphia 2014

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I was pleasantly surprised to find out that three of my photographs have been selected for inclusion in the upcoming Focus Philadelphia book and that my photo of  Wynn in his beekeeper outfit won third prize! That's a bronze right? Though I have had images included in previous Focus exhibitions this is the first year I’ve won a place on the podium. When it comes to contests I remember the line from Glengarry Glen Ross, " First prize is a Cadillac El Dorado. Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is," you're fired!"

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sugar House Photo Shoot: Lighting stills with LED's

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            A recent editorial shoot sent me to The Sugar House Casino in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. The client had arrange for us to photograph casino employees in three different locations within the Casino, one in the restaurant, one in the high rollers area and one on the deck that overlooked the Delaware river. 

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