Rich Froning and Dan Bailey – CrossFit Super Stars

posted on 2012.07.22, under Canon 7D, CrossFit, HDR Photos, sigma 50-500

Canon 7D
Sigma 50-500


ISO 160, f/6.3, 1/800 at 500mm

We got up at 3:45 AM and made the treck to Camp Pendleton.  The athletes showed up a couple of hours later, got in the water, road bikes, and ran.  The day was long and filled with great photo opportunities.

2012 CrossFit Games – Rich Froning

posted on 2012.07.21, under Canon 7D, Photos, portraits

The fittest man in the the world, again.

Rich Froning is the 2012 CrossFit Games Champion.  This photo was taken about 8 minutes into the first event.  Kyle Kasperbauer, seen in the foreground took third place.  The 2012 CrossFit Games had nearly 70,000 competitors.

Canon 7D
Sigma 50-500
ISO160, f/6.3, 1/800, 500mm

Shot was take hand-held at maximum range, 500mm.

Rich Froning and Giligan

posted on 2012.02.15, under Canon 7D, Photos

The camera gear was in the back of the SUV, just in case an opportunity was to present itself, and it did.  While visiting Froning, the worlds fittest man, in Tennessee, it started to snow and made for a perfect picture.

It is so great to work with Rich.  Everything with Rich feels natural; even the staged shots feel natural.  Rich keeps his days full, and there is no shortage of opportunities for great shots

Canon 7D
Canon 70-200
ISO 1250, 75mm, f/5.6, 1/250

Canon 16-35mm at Santa Monica Pier

posted on 2011.11.29, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, HDR Photos, landscape, Photos

My favorite lens is the Canon 24mm and yet I did not bring it on this shoot.  Sometimes the “favorite” lens just doesn’t fit in the kit
and tough decisions have to be made.

I only had room for 3 lens and two bodies on this trip.  I brought the Canon 16-35, Canon 100mm Macro and the Canon MP-E 65mm macro.

These lens matched on the Canon 5D (full frame) and the Canon 7D (1.6 crop sensor) give me great range of  16-56MM and 100-160mm

This kit will be good for landscapes, portraits and of course remarkable macro shots.

I have also brought two flashes including Canon’s macro MR-14EX ring flash.

The above shot was taken from Lowes hotel, 7th floor, Santa Monica using the 16-35 on the Canon 5D.

Rowan at Refugio

posted on 2011.11.08, under Canon 7D, Photos, portraits

Last week I camped for a couple days at Refugio State Beach, just north of Santa Barbara.  8 year-old Rowan was part of our camping party.  We played frisbee, chased birds and of course ate some smores.

I grabbed a couple photos with Canon 7D and the Canon 100mm macro lens.

who is the fittest

posted on 2011.10.09, under bugs, Canon 7D, insects, Lens, Macro

We would need to decide on a criteria, a set of guidelines, a set of observable, measurable and repeatable data points, to decide what species is the fittest.

There are 10 quintillion insects on the planet earth at any given moment.  That is a “1″ with 19 zeros following.  That is 1 billion insects for every human being.

These flies were enjoying some feces (unknown animal) in the San Diego desert.

Canon 7D
Canon Macro lens 65 MP-E
Canon MT 24 EX flash


posted on 2011.09.26, under Canon 7D, Lens

I went back to Predation CrossFit today to take photos of Erin LaVoie, the lumber jack queen.

It is always a pleasure and perfect opportunity for a photographer, or filmmaker to work with talented and dedicated individuals.

The subject in front of your camera can be focused on anything; computer programming, painting, running, playing with legos, ANYTHING.  When the subject in front of the camera has pure dedication to their specific art form or task, it is easy to capture good photos, and qute possible to capture great photos. Dedication and talent is inspired by dedication and talent.

Canon 7D, 50mm f1.2 lens

BODY made by CrossFit

Spokane, Washington in September

posted on 2011.09.18, under Canon 7D, HDR Photos, Lens, Photos

Spokane is the second largest city in the state of Washington, second to Seattle.  The people are noticeably warm and friendly.  There is an abundance of beauty within and surrounding the city.

Photos Stats
Canon 7D
Canon 8-15mm f4 lens
HDR using NIK software

gas station bugs

posted on 2011.08.07, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Flash, Macro, Photos

Driving home from San Diego last night was memorable.  100 miles north of Los Angles on interstate 5, I stopped in at a gas station and found this awesome swarm of insects.  There were about 4-6 separate swarms.   The insects were harmles and were dying by the hundreds per second.  I don’t know why they were dying, I assume it was the end of their life cycle.  I am not sure if there were 5,000 or 50,000 insects, but there were a lot.  Although the swarms were huge, they were quiet.  I asked Hayley to get into the center of a swarm for a picture.

Equipment used – Canon 5D, 7D, Canon 24mm, Canon 100mm macro, Canon 65mm MP-E, MT 24-EX flash

Ancient Church Video

posted on 2011.07.19, under Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Gear, Lens, Video

Just up the hill from my Dad’s house in Ushi, Armenia, there is an old 13th Century Church.  It was a church, and I guess it is still a church.  It is busted up a bit, but considering it is 700+ years old, it looks pretty cool.  I was the only one around during filming.  It was a bit eerie.

I shot hand held using mostly the 16-35 on the Canon 5D. There are two tripod shots and one or two shots with the Canon 70-200.  I spent about 90 minutes hiking up/down the hill and filming.  I spent another 90 minutes assembling, another 90 minutes rendering/uploading to youtube on my lap top.  I am guessing a total of 270 minutes on a short 1 man production like this.

Here is a video showing the equipment I took up the hill with me.