Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Blog has moved...!!!

I have changed the location and services of my 
blog over to Tumblr
All future posts will be on tumblr, but this blog 
will remain online for archival purposes. 

If you follow this blog or link to it, please change 
to the updated blog address at tumblr.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Anti-Inflammatories and Rock Climbing

As a person who has had a few injuries
involving my spine, nerves and muscles I am 
curious what happens to climbers / athletes in the 
long run when their bodies tell them to rest but instead
they take 800mg or more of anti-inflammatories and push on.  

One thing I've learned as an aging climber is when 
to listen to my body and take those much needed rest days.

To reference: One Move Too Many...
"You don't get stronger on your training days. You get 
stronger on your rest days."

"Rest: Pain is an alarm. It is a warning that something
 in the body has been damaged, and you should not 
ignore it. After any injury you should listen to the pain 
and immediately rest."

I shot this on a climbing / bouldering trip of 
a climber who is pushing through 
with the use of anti-inflammatories.

I would like to know other peoples thoughts...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DANLUBBERS.COM has been redesigned and is now LIVE

Thanks to my good friend Jeff Louden, has been completely redesigned.

This design is optimized for extremely fast loading
content and easy user interface and 
showcases the images in a beautiful layout. 

(If you like my work, please share 
with your friends and get the word out)

A little about Louden:
For the past year he has been working tirelessly
as Lead Developer of
He spent his days and nights buried in politics and 
staring at screens full of HTML, CSS and Javascript.

Check out his website here:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Examples on Interior Architecture

Shoot an interior shot to show the different 
variations in styles of shooting. 

Canon 5D | 16-35mm 2.8 | 580EX II's | Pocketwizards II's
Manfrotto Tripod & Light-stands | Canon TC-80N3 Trigger

As shot, no lights or perspective control.

HDR blended with 5 exposures and no lights.

Exposure Fusion with 5 exposures and no lights

 Final Image: One exposure with 2 light setup.
By far this is the best technique!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Portrait shoot of Artist/Oil Painter Sunny Ra w/diagram

Finally got to shoot a few beautiful portraits of Sunny.
It's been awhile since I've listed the BTS's diagram of 
a setup on how I get a shot.

We were shooting in a living room of a house 
and even though the wallpaper color was nice, 
I did not want the pattern at all as the background. 
I used a diffuser to only get the color that I wanted 
to achieve without the pattern. A Canon 580 EX II 
Speedlite was between the diffuser and the wall 
to control the intensity of the background.

My main light source was a White Lightning X1600 
gelled with a CTO shooting through an umbrella. 
Due to height issues I wasn't actually able to 
get the light source as high or infront of the model 
as I would have liked, so I had to add another Canon 
580 EX II for fill. The fill light was also gelled 
with a CTO and softened with a Lumiquest 
softbox III. 

Imported into Adobe Lightroom 4 where a few adjustments 
were made then exported to CS6 for a few touch ups
to get the final image you see above. 

Diagram of setup:

Sunny Ra is an exceptional oil painter. 
Most of her paintings are big, 
like in the 4ft x 8ft range.

Friday, November 23, 2012


"The best camera is the one that's with you..." ~ Chase Jarvis

That being said, sometimes it's not your DSLR, sometimes it's a P&S or a camera phone. 

With the quality of camera phones being so damn near exceptional these days for most
casual applications and the one that's always in a persons pocket or purse, I've added 
a new gallery to my website titled , "iPhoneography." It's not always about the best gear, but how you convey a message with what you have...