Spokane Fire Department

It’s not every day that a house in your neighborhood tries to burn down. Yesterday was that day. Of course, I had to take photos.

Here’s the full set of photos on Flickr.

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Canon 6D Review

My big equipment purchase this year was the new Canon 6D released late 2012. I was previously shooting with the original 5D. My main reason for upgrading was the dramatic increase in ISO range (3200 vs 102,400) which is a huge plus for my wedding photography and photo journalism.

I debated between the 5D MKIII and the 6D and ended up going with the 6D simply because I couldn’t justify the $1,000 price difference based on the features and what I would be using it for.

Here’s a quick rundown of the things I like and dislike after using it as my daily shooter for 5 months:

  • Like: The ISO range. It’s everything I was hoping for and has essentially allowed me to ditch the Speedlites for most of my work.
  • Dislike: The shutter release button. It feels slow and spongy compared to the 5D. A small detail but when you’re pressing it 500 times a day it gets annoying.
  • Like: Auto ISO. This allows me to shoot in AV and not have to worry about ensuring my shutter speed is fast enough (you can set a minimum shutter speed when using Auto ISO. The camera won’t go below it).
  • Dislike: Early adopter pains. I’ve never bought a camera so close to its release date and I ended up paying for it. I had to upgrade to the latest version of Lightroom since the 6D wasn’t supported in my 3.x version. This upgrade to Lightroom 4 then killed my ability to tether my 5D to Lightroom since it’s not supported (I use the 5D tethered for a photo booth at weddings) and it messed up the edit in Photoshop from Lightroom since I’m using Photoshop CS5 which is now not compatible with Lightroom 4. Lesson learned.
  • Like: WIFI and what it could mean in the future. The WIFI isn’t really useful to me yet but if they ever create an easy way to WIFI tether I’ll be a very happy camper. Do it Canon, do it now!
  • Dislike: SD cards instead of CF. I’ve never had one fail but compared to CF cards they seem frail and due to their diminutive size I’m always worried about losing them.

Overall I’m happy with my decision. The 5D MKIII will be a better camera for videographers and photographers in need of some of the far end features it has (e.g. 1/8000 max shutter speed vs 1/4000 on the 6D) but for most situations I find myself in the 6D is amazing (as is the $1,000 I still have :) ).

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New Project – Secret Spaces in Spokane

Update 4/14 – This article came out last fall. View the photos and story here.

I’m really excited to begin work on a new long-term photo project for the Inlander. The idea is to find and photograph secret spaces that people pass by every day but don’t know exist or don’t have access to.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and when I pitched them the idea they were excited too.  I’ve always been fascinated by the unexpected spaces you can find in old buildings. My hunch is that there are a lot of them and my aim is to capture these spaces along with the people who have access to them.

I’m just at the beginning of the project and it’s not due until the end of summer but I’ll be sure to post the images here once they go to press.

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The Goat Runner

After all is said and done my favorite photographs are still of my own kids and family. I suppose it’s because I can read into the photograph everything I know about them. Each photo becomes a story for me.

This photo is of our time at a farm on the South Hill here in Spokane. My youngest daughter, in the span of an hour, had gone from not even being willing to touch the fence of the goat pen to leading the baby goats on a brisk run. This whole scenario is spot on with her personality and this photo makes me smile every time I see it.

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Flying Mammals Band Photo

The Flying Mammals (http://www.flyingmammalsband.com/) shot for the Inlander a couple of months ago on the roof of the Coeur d’Alene Resort parking garage.

I had it planned out to use a couple of strobes but in the end the best choice given the location was to just let the sky get blown out and use natural light. I’m happy with the results.

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