Earthrise Moon Rider



I've been wanting to do this since I saw Stephen McMennamy's work. The comboPhoto is overlapping two images for creative effect. These juxtapositions can create wonderful mismatches of scale and context.

We went to the rodeo and I only had a short 50mm lens. From up in the stands I got big dirt and tiny horses. In the harsh light it looked like a moonscape.

I made two versions of this image. The comboPhoto, to my surprise, is stronger than the realistic integration. Part of this strength is authenticity - no effort wasted trying to convince anyone. It reminds me of the classic analog-film combo before the dawn of total digital manipulation.

Backwards Cowboy Print

(click to enlarge, frame not included)

A fun backwards cowboy shot, especially the fence-framed shirt & hat. Of the dozens of images I made here, this one has the winning composition. It was taken in 2014 with the Nikon D300s at f/9, 1/320s, 50mm, and 200 ISO. It grows on me every time I see it.

I want an 8"x10" print of this photo, and so I did the work to make it print-ready. It cost about the same to print a whole batch, so for $11 I'll send you one too. =)


Washington State Fair

Nikon D300s: 50mm, f1.8, 1/50s

PUYALLUP, WA - The State Fair had a building full of local arts and crafts on show. Much of the work is made by talented amateurs and students. Those fancy fair blue ribbons are awarded; so fancy that I should really get a picture next time.

The composition here was too busy. I was aiming for the look of a tree in winter - by using a tight frame and shallow focus depth. I think the overall effect is much more convincing in monochrome. Since the background has no competing color, my eye easily goes to the tree.

Nikon D300s: 50mm, f4.5, 1/80s

This circular pattern made me think Death Star. The subject here was also wires and texture, so I again used monochrome to eliminate competing light and color. Even a tiny bit of color in the wrong place steals focus from the texture.