Category: Gear

September 5, 2016

Photographing Flying Squirrels with High Speed Flash

Flying Squirrels are fairly common, although seldom seen members of the rodent family. The Southern Flying Squirrel is found throughout the Eastern half of the United States. The Northern version is only found in the Northern most tier of states and in Canada. One of the biggest challenges of this project was attracting, and training…
August 3, 2016

Photographing a Mosquito Hatching

I suppose like most photographers I have a “photographic bucket-list”, and documenting the life-cycle of the much maligned Mosquito has always been high on that list. Like many of my projects this turned out to be quite the undertaking filled with many challenging and unique problems. Mosquitoes start off as eggs which hatch into larvae.…
July 15, 2016

Firefly in Flight

And… Now for something completely different! This is (I believe) a firefly in flight. I created this image with the help of the Cognisys Insect Rig. Which combined with a dual laser beam trigger system, a high-speed electro-magnetic shutter, and high-speed flashes makes creating images like this possible. The camera’s shutter is left open on…
June 11, 2016

Detroit Performs Feature

I was very honored to have my work and myself featured on the PBS television show Detroit Performs. Special thanks to Sarah Zientarski-Smith Producer, Editor, Interviewer, and Storyteller extraordinaire, and Chad Schwartzenberger Videographer, who’s artistry and vision are very much apparent throughout the video.
March 2, 2016

The Cognisys Sabre

I finally got a chance to go out and play with my new Cognisys Sabre. The Sabre is a camera trigger that uses a LIDAR (light and radar) based sensor which emits a pulse of light and then measures the time it takes to return. When something breaks the beam it fires the camera. One…
December 21, 2015

High Speed Photography – Bullfrog

I have had this image in my head for quite some time. The first step was to build the stage for our star “Billy Bullfrog”. A trip to the local swamp with a couple five gallon pails was required to collect all of the materials for the set. A lovely moss covered rock would be…
December 21, 2015

Floating Blind Photography

The sun won’t be up for another hour on this cold crisp March morning in Southern Michigan. It has taken three trips to carry my gear down to the water’s edge. As I begin to assemble my craft by the narrow beam of my headlamp, I hear splashes and the rustling of my quarry from…
June 14, 2014

Photo Tip Friday: Extension tubes they’re not just for macro photography

This portrait of a wild bald eagle was made on the Homer Spit in Alaska. While he was wild he was an eagle that had spent a lot of time in this tourist town and was therefore habituated to the presence of people. A situation I am always on the lookout for. But even with…
April 22, 2011

My Back Hurts

Just returned from a great trip to Belize where I was scouting some possible locations for future photo tours. I have to admit that when I am travelling I have the mindset that, if I leave something at home at some point I will certainly need that piece of equipment in order to get the greatest shot ever.…