Sunday, July 27, 2014

Beer Brewing

Neal and I have started brewing our own beer! If you've ever visited my Instagram or spent more than 5 minutes talking to me you've probably realized that I've developed a real passion for beer in the last couple of years. This passion has lead to Neal and I getting all of the proper equipment to start brewing our own beers, and we've got some great recipes planned for down the line. August 11th we get to bottle our first batch, which is an American Wheat. We wanted something basic to start with, to make sure we've got all of our procedures nailed down. Two weeks after the 11th the bottles should be properly conditioned and we can start drinking them. Next up we're doing a Rye Stout and an Espresso Rye Stout. Can't wait. I only have the one picture so far... it takes a lot of time making sure everything is cleaned and sanitized properly, so my hands were pretty full on our brew day. But I hope to get some more pictures soon.

Friday, July 4, 2014

3D Still Photo Video Experiment

Lexi is going for a "Prairie Punk" look here. We were doing a test combing two still photos and making a 3D video effect with them. I'm pretty happy with the results considering how quickly we put this together and made the video. For HD - hover over the video, click HD, and then follow the link over to my Vimeo page.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

World Cup Fever

So Team USA made it pretty far along this year. I, along with many others got wrapped up in World Cup Fever. My good friends Dave and Marianne were in the process of moving away so we decided to hold a viewing party in their hotel room, which was pretty fun actually. I brought some Peace Tree Blonde Fatale beer, which funny enough was this year's World Cup of Beer winner for the Belgian Blonde category. So the idea was that if we could beat them in their own beer category, surely we could beat them in the match, right? Guess not.

Previously mentioned Belgian Blonde. Super, super tasty. Find it at Moran's in Lincoln.

Dave shows his patriotism!

Lanette shows her patriotism!

 I show my patriotism!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pizza Party

My friend Neal threw a pretty sweet pizza party this weekend. Neal comes from a family of brick layers, and as such as an awesome brick pizza oven in his back yard. Jeremiah and I had the winning pizza of the day: Grilled Chicken, Basil, Bacon, Onion and our amazing sauce, Sriracha, Bulleit Bourbon, and BBQ. Afterwards everyone drank and played bocce ball and cube.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Engagements and Family Photos

So... a friend at work hired me to do her engagement and wedding photos. For the engagements they wanted to photos done as quickly as possible. I did an entire set with them and her family in less than 30 minutes at a location right between where we both live. Not too shabby!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff

Dan and I were able to escape for a quick weekend road trip and headed out west in to the sandhills and visited Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff National Monument.

It was a dark and stormy night at Chimney Rock, the first two images were shot with not too much time in between.

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Camera and Concerts

Most concerts don't allow "professional" level cameras, or more specifically cameras that have interchangeable lenses. As such, I bought a new Canon G1x Mark II, which doesn't have interchangeable lenses, however, it does have a professional level sensor, and thus better image quality. I tested it out at the Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and Blitzen Trapper concerts, and it did farely well. I've incorporated the camera in to a party camera as well... something that takes great pictures, but isn't big and cumbersome. The smaller the camera, the less people pay attention to you taking their picture.

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Just a few portraits here... a pre-graduation/college session set up with an old friend from the coffee shop's granddaughter, and a couple from an engagement session from a couple of old friends.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Photo Walk

My friend Rob Liliedahl organized a photo walk for fellow photographers amateur and professional alike. Dan and I broke away from the heard and ended up in a pretty cool area. Here are some of my images.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


A lot of photographers have a love/hate relationship with Instagram. On one hand, you have an instant photo sharing surface, with a bunch of pre-fab filters designed to mimic popular photographic styles.

I, for one, have come to embrace Instagram. Oh, sure, I started off not really appreciating it. I suddenly had people coming up to me in my gallery and accusing me of using filters on images that had been meticulously planned and photographed with analogue equipment, which proved to be a bit annoying.


That being said, I think that Instagram has inadvertently taught a new generation of kids how to compose images. Which is amazing. Gone are the random cell phone pictures with no thought as to aesthetics. Suddenly we have people who have never worried about truly framing an image pay attention to how lines play through their image. They're forced in to a square, which crops out a good portion of their image. Now they have to find a way to best show what they want to share.

Sunflowers. #photodiary

Sunset from my apartment.

Freezing rain this morning.


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Sunday, July 14, 2013

September's Show

To those of you that have been asking about my next gallery showing and what all these cryptic Facebook posts and texts from the darkroom mean...

Here's the dealy yo - my next show will be in September of this year. The opening reception will be First Friday, 9/6/13 from 7-9 p.m. in the Outback Gallery at the Burkholder Project. I'll be splitting the show with my friend Lexi Bass (1 | 2) who introduced me to a process called Mordançage.

Mordançage is amazing. My early days of being a photographer centered around many, many hours in the darkroom developing film by hand and printing photos from the negatives. I loved this process. It was always "me" time, where I could collect my thoughts, and I think there's something special about having a hands on approach to creating art; something photographers don't get to do as much any more. Using Lightroom and Photoshop comes no where near the amazing feeling one can get by actually doing things by hand. Forcibly slowing down and thinking about each individual frame you want to work with.

Mordançage takes this to the next level.

On top of making the original prints by hand (by the way, watching my first print appear from nothing on photographic paper was the exact moment I became a photographer at the age of 14), Mordançage adds a very alternative take on the darkroom process.

Here's how it goes:

Lexi, amazing as she is, made some copper chloride from scratch. The copper chloride, combined with glacial acetic acid and high volume hydrogen peroxide creates a mixture that bleaches the original silver print and lifts the emulsion off of the surface of the print. By constant agitation and various techniques I'll get in to later or in person at the show, the "blacks" of the image veil and through our movement take on a new shape.

This process is highly caustic and we've had to be very careful in the darkroom with our ventilation procedures and handling of the chemicals and prints.

One large method to my photography is finding a way to make an image unique to whoever ends up with it framed and on their wall. I have attempted to do this through various means; though ultimately, it boils down to limited edition prints and sales.

But this time is different.


Because each individual Mordançage attempt can not be directly reproduced. The way we agitate the tray and chemical and the precise time the print stays submerged can never be replicated. Sure, one could take a photo of one of our Mordançaged images or scan it, but this is a physical process. You can literally feel where the veils have lifted and laid back down on the print. There is no way to perfectly reproduce these images.

Which means that anyone who may purchase one will own a truly unique piece of art. And when it comes to photography, which can be easily reproduced via electronic file or negative, this is an amazing thing. Not many people have heard about, or let alone seen it in person.

But wait, there's more! On top of the unique nature of these prints I've already explained, the chemical process leaves the prints in a state to where they are constantly evolving! A traditional B&W image is just that. Black and white, with all shades of gray in between. But Mordançaging leaves the prints vulnerable, and changes the color! We have experienced an amazing palette of colors in paper that should only be capable of the aforementioned range of color. But we're getting rusty orange, purple, gold, crimson.... so many amazing things that one would not consider normal. And they change on varying factors. Whether or not we reapply developer or fixer, or if the image is exposed to air. So on top of having an already unique image, those untreated with developer will change over the course of it's life, just like you! The colors will shift, and you'll have a constantly changing image.

So, please join Lexi and I in September to see something awesome!

Here are a couple of the images, and more to come soon!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sunday, June 23, 2013

30 minutes

This is what 30 minutes of work in Photoshop and Lightroom looks like. The majority of the work was a background removal on 5 images, and then standard exposure correction in Lightroom. The dots are where I stopped, moving completely, and the lines are obvious. If you'd like to give it a shot yourself, visit: Iographica 30 minutes


Our moon will be in full perigree this evening - that is, both full, and the closest to the earth in its orbit. According to NASA, it will appear about 12% larger than we're used to.

Monday, June 10, 2013

IMG_5568-Edit Stransky Park Concert 06/06/2013 IMG_6152-Edit Leaves 06-09-2013 So many photos, so little time.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013


We are driving home today! We're going to attempt to make it in one shot... Google Maps shows about a 12 hour drive. We stayed up late last night doing star trails, so we opted to sleep in today to  make sure we were well rested.

The photos are no where near done however... I might take a few days off when I get home, but I'm sure there will be plenty of posts afterwards.

I'll leave you with this: One of my favorite photos from the trip, finished early this morning. North window arch.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Grand Staircase-Escalante


Lower calf falls. Probably my favorite hike of the trip so far! It was a gorgeous 4-miler.


Chocolate Mountain!


Chocolate Mountain II!

Another from Zion


Sunset lights the Watchman peak.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Zion - Domestic Dispute


This was taken during the second of two hikes at Zion. We also took a rather grueling hike at Bryce Canyon. My legs are still wobbly hours later!