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TMI about my history with Fujifilm cameras

I wrote this article in response to some questions about my opinions on the X-Pro2 and X-Pro3. I do field this sort of question with some frequency and so decided to write a larger article about it. This really covers my history with Fujifilm and provides some insights into why I prefer their rangefinder bodies over their SLR-style line.

June 16, 2020

The importance of knowing what you like

It's very important as photographers - particularly as street photographers - to know exactly what kinds of images appeal to us, what sorts of images we wish to make and pursue in our own work.

May 2, 2020

Fotographi A Roma – My Martin Parr story

I’ve been a really big Martin Parr fan for many years. His were some of the first images I can remember staring into, being mesmerized by. Surely there are more mesmerizing photographers and I’ve come to be exposed to far more work over the past decade or more but I’ll never forget the first time I flipped through The Last Resort photo book in my local Barnes & Noble.

January 17, 2020

Elliott Erwitt’s NEW YORK – Book Review

In the spirit of our weekly Masters of Street Photography series, I wanted to write a quick review of Elliot Erwitt’s New York collection, from teNeues, one of my personal favorite photography books from my collection.

January 16, 2020

Thinking Back: My First Impactful Image

Somebody posted a question into one of countless Facebook groups to which I belong. That question was what image had the biggest impact on you? I saw it early in the day on my phone and then went back later to answer the question and of course, as these things go, I couldn’t find the post again.

January 2, 2020


Hey everybody. As most of you know, I'm a big fan of printing out my images, and since Eduardo turned me onto the FREE PRINTS app, I've been all in with them, taking advantage of my 85 "free" 4x6" prints they offer every month.

December 18, 2019

Bringing a D-I-E approach to making street photographs

I sometimes find myself able to synthesize a complex process into a single process or idea. This doesn’t happen very often but I’m generally pretty pleased with myself when it happens. This was not one of those times. I straight stole this.

November 28, 2019

Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

I recently ordered myself a copy of Nan Goldin’s seminal collection The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and I was somehow left feeling that I was the last guy to the party. As Wikipedia describes, more effectually than I probably can, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1986) documents the post-Stonewall gay subculture and Goldin's family and friends during the 1970s and 1980s and follows Goldin and her companions across several periods, stages, and locations; up and down the U.S. East Coast, to Chicago, Mexico, Berlin, and London. Regardless of location, her camera and her spotlight remain focused on the diverse cast of characters with which she has spent the formative years of her life.

November 9, 2019

Larry Cohen’s Baltimore car crash image

I came across a photograph on Instagram today that got me thinking about how different people will see (and photograph) a similar scene in a very different way. The image was taken by Larry Cohen, and is a simple photograph of a remarkable event, but for all its simplicity, check out how well-composed the image is.

May 31, 2019

DTLA Photowalk – Feb 23, 2019

Our DTLA Photowalk began at Union Station and brought us through Chinatown, towards Disney Hall and the Broad, and finally towards the Grand Central Market.

February 25, 2019

Venice Beach Photowalk – Feb 9, 2019

Ah Venice, you never disappoint. We had some new faces on the walk and it's always interesting to head into a walk without knowing how many people are going to turn up. This LA walk was a slower pace than I'm used to and I think I was able to see more by taking my time.

February 19, 2019

How to make my Instagram secret sauce

I've been answering this question quite a lot on Instagram lately and decided to write a how-to guide here to point people to. Here's the question: "When you post it is accompanied by another close up of your post over two tiles, how do you do that?" Well, Mick (and everybody else), here's the secret.

January 26, 2019

David Alan Harvey is Blowing My Damned Mind (again)

I saw an ad on Instagram advertising a free hour-long lecture David Alan Harvey did for Chase Jarvis’ CreativeLive channel and I definitely couldn’t pass it up. At 14 minutes in he definitely raised my eyebrows. At 25 minutes in he straight blew my mind. At 29 minutes in he blew my mind yet again.

January 13, 2019

Santa Barbara after the rain 01/12/2019

Santa Barbara just after a long night of heavy rains. Spectacular light. Partially diffused, with excellent clarity and visibility. After a week laid out with the flu I was dying to get out of the house and into world for a little while at least.

January 12, 2019

Santa Monica & Venice – 12/01/2018

Friday, December 1.  This is one of my favorite LA Photowalks. Park somewhere near Ocean Ave, Santa Monica Place. Head towards the Pier, grab a hot dog. Why not?

December 2, 2018

Hanging with the Pelican – A study in “working” the shot

Stupid bird kept moving his head! There were a lot of variables to keep track of. There was heavy wind and the woman's hair was blowing all over the place. Also, the pelican was moving its head all over the place and when a pelican is looking sideways, you have a shot. When a pelican is looking away or directly at you its narrow head disappears into its neck and you lose your shot.

February 25, 2018

Moving Violation: Capturing a Speedboat Crash – Photo of the Year

Well, this was a first for me. I was photographing pelicans, fishermen, and tourists (in that order) on the Fourth of July weekend in Santa Barbara, when I stumbled upon a boat crash about to happen, caught the entire incident as it unfolded, and became an unwitting witness in the ensuing civil case.

February 23, 2018

The Ambulant Photographer 2017 Year in Review

2017 was a very busy year. Photography is not my main gig and I was heavily focused last year on growing certain aspects of my business to run themselves a bit more independently which should afford me some more free time to do things like run around the world making photographs.

February 21, 2018

Venice Beach, CA – June 2017

I love shooting in Santa Barbara. I truly do. And yet, there's not a whole lot going on here outside of retail shopping and watersports. I've reached the point where my close friends are starting to make fun of me over my every growing -- and very respectable -- library of California Brown Pelican images. They're great, but it does get old shooting in your backyard everyday. Once you've covered all of the landmarks and monuments you really do start to pine for something outside of the norm.

June 11, 2017

A Stunning Contrast in Venice Beach, CA

As a steadfast and general rule, I do not shoot the homeless. While some people can pull this off very well, much of what I've seen is largely exploitative or just a cheap-and-easy shot. The only times I have gone *there* is when I see an opportunity to serve a larger narrative. This time was different.

June 1, 2017

Prague Part I – Charles Bridge & River Vltava

This is the 9th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Prague. Oh man.. What can I possibly say about Prague. This was my second time in this incredible city. This first post will focus on the Charles Bridge and the River Vltava.

February 20, 2017

Our One Day in Kraków

This is the 8th post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. I particularly fell in love with Kraków when I first visited the city in 2001, freshly engaged to Pausha and abroad for the first time in my life. Where the subject of Poland was concerned I was fascinated, and still am.

February 9, 2017

Hands On with the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens

The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens is at the same time one of my favorite lenses and one of my least-used lenses. I use it to "bring the drama" and I get close with it. Here's a look at why I love this lens and how I use it in my everyday work.

January 15, 2017

11 Photography Lessons 2016 Taught Me

All in all 2016 was one hell of a year. As I do at the top of each year, I’m currently ruminating on what I’ve learned, where I’ve grown, and where my growth has maybe been stopped or slowed. I’m not a big fan of listicles, but I’ve got one here for you anyway. What started out as a list of 3 or 4 items that I have learned over the year quickly Tribbled into a list of 11 items. Let’s dig in.

January 2, 2017

Auschwitz – Poland

This is the sixth post in a series chronicling my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, & Czech Republic. Oświęcim, Poland – A Trip into Auschwitz.

December 7, 2016

Always Work Your Shot

“Working the Shot” is a pretty straightforward concept. It says that you you shouldn’t just run up to anything that catches your eye, photograph it and call it done. Instead, you should consider staying with whatever it was that caught your eye in the first place, and really explore that situation. Take multiple shots, move about the scene, explore a variety of angles and perspectives, allow something to unfold, and in short, fully document whatever it was that you observed and deemed worthy of committing to film, or memory card, or what have you.

June 30, 2016

Europe 2016 – Après nous le déluge

Episode 2 : Après nous le délugeThis is the second post in a series that I'll be writing to chronicle my photography project through Spain, France, Poland, and the Czech ...

June 7, 2016

3 Different Stories in Under 5 Seconds

I've been thinking a lot about storytelling lately and how much influence my preconceived notions can have on me finding what I seek when I'm out working the street, or more importantly, what effect my expectations have on me failing to find what I seek.

March 31, 2016

Don’t Leave the Camera at Home

Carry a camera with you, and make the best images you can with the tools you have. You won't get a second chance to make that once in a million image.

October 4, 2015

Fuji X-T1 First Impressions

I've had the Fuji X-T1 now for a few weeks and here's my first impression of working with this camera: Holy Shit -- Holy Shit -- Holy Shit! Okay, thanks for listening. I do realize that this isn't tremendously insightful (have I mentioned that I'm a really terrible product reviewer?) so I'll share my second impressions.

January 29, 2015

10 Photography Rules I Learned in 2014

2014 Was a very strange year for me, both personally and for my photography. I learned some things along the way, and I’ve put aside ten of those things here to share with you. I’d love to know if any of these things resonate with you at all. Keep in mind, these are not 10 universal rules of photography. Not by any means. They are 10 rules for me. Ten things that I’ve learned through the course of pounding my head against the wall over and over again while chasing my own muse. What’s interesting to me is that none of these 10 rules is technical in any way. They’re all process stuff, the feely stuff. The artist stuff.

January 25, 2015

The Little Camera that Changed My Mind – Fujifilm X-E2

While packing for a recent trip to NYC, I decided to leave my Full-Frame Canon 6D at home and bring instead only my Fujifilm X-E2 and a single "kit" lens, the excellent Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4 medium zoom lens. I've been very apprehensive about investing in this system because until this trip I simply was not convinced that I could produce the same level of image quality from a smaller, "toyish" camera system.

November 15, 2014