An Exploration of the Power Behind Emotion & Expression

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FISH-EYE Portrait: Thomas



FISH-EYE Portrait Series: Grant

A friend of mine recently let me borrow her fish-eye lens and it has been

so much fun working with this new piece of equipment!

Over the next few days I will be posting some portraits

and other landscape shots that I have taken with it. Hope you enjoy!


New Portrait Series! “I am a murderer”

Recently I have taken on a new photography project to help me capture some interesting emotions / expressions from my subjects. This project will be all about how different individuals convey or express the idea of “Just having killed someone”.

The result may be goofy, it may be serious, or it may be an award-winning performance from the individual. Either way, I simply want to capture that raw emotion which is elicited when the individual is asked to portray him or herself as having just killed someone.

It seems somewhat morbid, I think, however the few shots that I have taken have turned out great and I will continue to explore the responses and reactions of my subjects and share them with you all.

For starters, here are a couple of my favorites so far from the series. In time, I will continue to post more and more of this little experiment/project of mine. So please let me know what you think! 🙂

“I am a murderer”

Tyler. Age 18. Thornton, CO.

“I am a murderer”

Jake. Age 20. Denver, CO.

Week 1: Electricity

This is the first week of the 52 week photo challenge I will be doing for 2011! The theme was electricity.

Separation Anxiety (Week 1: Electricity)


If you’d like to join along…

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Flickr group to join:


I’m not really sure how this whole challenge is going to turn out for me, 51 more weeks is a long ways to go. But, I’m hoping that this challenge will keep me focused on taking pictures more consistently and that I will be able to learn from the experience.

“There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them” – Tom Krause

Whenever I get that feeling that I might fail at something, and start to think that I am not going to give something a try…I remind myself of this quote and look to the future with optimism, knowing that the worst result that I could possibly get is, simply, experience.

Taking a Breather

In our world today, it feels like everything is happening too fast. It’s hard to just be in the moment, and even on vacation it’s hard to get some quality relaxation. This is why I like this picture so much, because it reminds me to stop, take a breather, and reflect on who I am and who I am becoming…even when the world continues to speed by at its non-stop pace.

I took this picture of my friend Morgan when we were going down an escalator. I had my tripod with my Canon Rebel T1i mounted on top and was standing a few steps behind her. As the escalator carried us downward, everything around her blurred, but because she remained motionless, she stayed in focus.

We probably looked like fools to the people watching us, going up and down the escalators numerous times trying to get the shot just right. But it was like being a little kid again, wanting to ride the escalator just one more time.


New Year Resolutions

Since it’s a brand new year, I guess it’s time to set some goals!

To bring in the New year, my family decided to head up North to “play in the snow”. There ended up being a huge snow storm that caused road closures, almost zero visibility, and a slew of other headaches for where we were staying. Sadly, there was no chance of getting in the car and driving up to the mountain to go snowboarding or even build a snowman as we had planned.

However, being snowed in has an upside to it, especially before the New Year. As I was stuck in the cabin doing jumping-jacks for warmth (our heater was either broken, or could not handle the sub-zero conditions), there was not much else to do but think about life. So I began thinking of how I could change for the better in 2011…while sitting in my comfy meditation chair.

Just kidding. But here is what I have set my mind to achieve for this new year:

1. I have become a sleep addict, sadly. Therefore, I have set a goal to wake up around 9:00am everyday and kick my day off right with a good breakfast and a quick workout.

2. I am also suffering from a severe case of procrastination. Therefore, I will be trying very hard to start papers, projects, work related things, etc. earlier and not wait until the last minute! (This one will be tough)

3. I have had the Rosetta Stone Italian series for the longest time, but because of Number 2…I have not really gotten in to it. So this third goal is to have completed the entire Rosetta Stone Italian series before 2012 and hopefully become comfortable with the language.

4. And lastly (for now), I will focus on becoming a better friend, a more patient son, and of course, a more annoying brother 🙂

I leave you with a quote that I am choosing to live by throughout this new year,

“Today is the first day, of the rest of your life.” -Charles Dederich

I tend to forget that with each new breath that I take, I am given an opportunity to change for the better.

Happy New Year! And good luck with any resolutions of your own  for 2011!

Frozen in Time

I would have completely missed this shot if a friend had not pointed it to me just before we left the spot where this was taken. The flower was part of a small bush that rested underneath a drainage drip, the drip of the water would fall on the bush below, creating this frozen over effect.

This is one of my favorite photos I have taken this year because it really captures the essence of photography, that aspect of being “Frozen in Time”, quite literally in this instance.

Please feel free to let me know what you think, thanks!