posted on 2013.12.20, under Uncategorized

jim and dog

I made this with the intention to post it on Instgram

Instagram @sevanmatossian stole my heart


I need to post on the blog, but Instagram is just so easy!

Hayley Parlen rocking the the CrossFit forearms, hands and shoulders.

hayley 2012 hawaii (6)@hayleyparlen shot with Canon 5D Mark III, 50-500mm Sigma, in Kauai, 2012


insect eggs – Pentax WG-3 Optio vs Canon 1DX / Canon 5D Mark III

posted on 2013.06.27, under Uncategorized

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These were all shot with the Pentax using natural light and auto settings.  Yes, THIS camera can do macro.

I will soon post photos shot with the Canon MP-E and the Canon macro 100mm of the same eggs.

Josh Bridges and Kenneth Leverich – 2013 CrossFit Games, So-Cal Regional

posted on 2013.05.21, under canon 1dx, CrossFit, Photos, portraits, sigma 50-500, Uncategorized

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This photo shocked me.  I thought Kenneth(180lbs) was much larger than Josh Bridges (165lbs), but in this side by side photo, you can see that height, not girth is the primary difference.  Both men are extremely swollen after having done 100 wall balls, 100 pull ups, 100 pistols and 100 one-armed dumbbell snatches.

Canon 1DX
Sigma 50-500
ISO 3200, f/5.6, 1/640


Mikko Salo is back


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It’s been too long for the fans, but it has been worth the wait.  2009 CrossFit Games Champion, Mikko Salo will represent Finland at the CrossFit European Regionals May 17-19th .


Becky Conzelman at the 2012 CrossFit Games

posted on 2013.03.25, under Uncategorized

Becky Conzelman

Coming out of the water on day 1 of the 2012 CrossFit Games, the remarkable Becky Conzelman.

Scott Panchik & Chase Ingraham 2013 CrossFit OPEN

posted on 2013.03.07, under Uncategorized

scott panchik chase ingraham 2013 crossfit open

Scott Panchik is the biggest threat to Rich Froning (CrossFit Games Champion 2011, 2012) making a three-peat.

Panchik had incredible composure and calm before the workout.  He showed similar behavior during the 2012 CrossFit Games, where he took 4th place after only “doing” CrossFit for 1 year.

2012 CrossFit Games – Kyle Kasperbauer & Rich Froning

posted on 2013.01.06, under CrossFit, Photos, portraits, Uncategorized

kyle kasperbauer rich froning 2012

I predicted Kyle (left) to be a serious contender in 2009 – 3 years later Kyle Kasperbauer takes 3rd place at the CrossFit Games.  Rich Froning (right) looks to be the favorite for 2013; a one man dynasty ?

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 70-200  2.8 II

ISO 200, f/3.5, 1/1000

pincher bugs or earwigs

posted on 2012.12.25, under insects, Macro, Photos, Uncategorized

It was not a happy moment.  Three earwigs were extracted from the back yard and put into a glass jar.  I tried to take their photo, but they just wouldn’t remain still, not even for a second.  I finally got this idea, to stick them in the freezer for a few minutes.  After several attempts of 5 minutes, 7 minutes and 10 minutes in the freezer, I still wanted them to move slower.  I put the earwigs in the freezer and watched an episode of “Breaking Bad” (HBO TV series).  When I pulled the earwigs out of the freezer, they were dead.

You can see moisture on the pincher bugs back.  The bugs legs folded under their body, a trait I have seen from other insects when they die.

Both of these photos were assembled using the “focus stacking” technique.  I think it was 11 photos each.

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 100mm 2.8 macro lens

Cleveland Art Museum

posted on 2012.12.14, under Uncategorized

The Cleveland Art Museum has a huge entry, with fabulous light.  This shot was a no brainer.

ISO 100, f/4.5, 1/160

Canon 5D Mark III
Zeiss 50mm Macro