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On assignment for Middlebury Magazine today in Peru, NY.

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Fires and Other Stories


Writer and good friend Murray Dunlap has just released his latest collection of short stories in a volume titled Fires and Other Stories. From the introduction blurb:

Famed psychotherapist Carl Jung said “In all chaos there is cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” We seek stability but life gives us surprises. Murray Dunlap’s was a car wreck on June 7, 2008 that put him in a coma for three months. Then he lived out of a wheelchair for six and a walker for six more. The traumatic brain injury made a mockery of his memory but the challenge of starting over was made manageable by his writing and the strength of friends. Fires and Other Stories is Dunlap’s collection of stories, both fiction and non-fiction, about life’s unexpected turns. And it is Dunlap’s uncanny sense of connection that brings those twists into focus and show that disorder’s gifts, the discovery of that secret “cosmos,” can turn despair into happiness.

I read the manuscript last year when Murray approached me about making a photograph for the cover, and I loved it. We read books to walk in other people’s shoes, to see the world from their perspective. The stories Murray has compiled into Fires are a rich and layered window to his soul.

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Technical Information

The cover image is an outtake from an assignment made this past winter at a bonfire event. I used a Fujifilm X-E1 and an XF 14mm ƒ/2.8 Fujinon lens. The exposure was 1/8 sec at ƒ/6.4. The image was initially processed in Capture One Pro 8 and then brought into Adobe Photoshop for some light styling work.

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Memorial Day Parade, Vermont

Memorial Day Parade in Vergennes

Happy Memorial Day, America.

Fuji x100s, 1/680s ƒ/2 ISO 200

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Dancer Christal Brown in 3D

Anaglyphic red/blue 3D image of Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater

Anaglyphic red/blue 3D image of Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater.

Last fall, I photographed the talented Christal Brown dancing for Middlebury Magazine. What I didn’t mention in the technical description of that article was that I used two cameras positioned side-by-side and triggered simultaneously to make sure we got the shot. One, as previously mentioned, was a Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 lens. The other was a Fuji X-T1 with a 23mm ƒ/1.4. The Fuji has an APS-C size sensor, so accounting for the crop factor both of the lenses’ field of view are approximately identical. The setup worked and we captured two identical sets of images.


In Photoshop, deactivate the red channel on the cyan layer and the blue channel on the red layer to produce a red/cyan 3D anaglyphic image.

It didn’t occur to me until later that I had “accidentally” made 3D stereo pair images of this shoot.

The Fuji was was positioned to the left of the Nikon approximately 2 feet away, so I imported a Fuji image for the “left eye” image and a Nikon image for the right into separate layers in Adobe Photoshop. I wanted to create a red/cyan anaglyphic stereo image, so using the Advanced Blending window I turned off the red channel for the “right eye” layer and the blue channel for the “left eye” layer. With these channels deactivated the layered images took on the necessary red/cyan cast to work with standard 3D glasses.

As a final touch, I desaturated both layers because Christal’s red dress can be a little distracting when viewed through the red/cyan glasses.

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Falls Park, Vergennes, Vermont


Fine art prints are available, contact me for prices and sizes.

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Michael Smiles for Beloit College

Michael standing on the frozen Lake Champlain near Button Bay. Fuji X-T1 and 56mm ƒ/1.2 lens, processed in Capture One Pro

Wisconsin’s Beloit College Magazine hired me to photograph distinguished alum and Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Michael Smiles.

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Winter Snow, Breadloaf Wilderness, Ripton, Vermont


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Winter Snow, Breadloaf Wilderness, Ripton, Vermont is available as a fine art quality photographic print. Click the link below to see available sizes and prices.

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Dancer Christal Brown

Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater at Middlebury College

Assistant Professor of Dance Christal Brown performs at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater at Middlebury College

How do you pull off a shot like this? You need a talented dancer, a couple of speedlights, and a dark theater.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Middlebury, Vermont

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a student in the French program at Middlebury College's Summer Language School

Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, photographed in Middlebury, Vermont

Shooting portraits in full sun can be a problem because it’s hard to compete with a light source as powerful as the sun. One sure way to work this is to place your subject in some shade and light them yourself, balancing ambient exposure with your strobe.

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Holiday Book + Print Sale!


For the upcoming 2014 Holiday Season, I’m offering a copy of my Pane in Empty Rooms 12″x12″ hardcover exhibition book and a 5″x6″ archival pigment photographic print on 8″x10″ fine art cotton rag paper for the low price of $85, plus shipping and handling. The book is signed on the title page. Your choice of print from the Pane portfolio comes signed, titled and shipped flat.

There are only 10 copies of this book available at this price. Once these sell out I won’t be offering them at this price again.

  • 12×12 inch Pane in Empty Rooms exhibition book
  • 5×6 inch fine art photographic print of your choice on 8×10 inch cotton rag paper
  • Both are signed by the photographer and shipped flat
  • $85 plus shipping and handling*

Order now by clicking the link below. Payment processing is handled by PayPal. After you’ve completed your purchase, please email me the title and identification number from the gallery of the image you’d like as a print.

EDIT: This offer is now closed and I’ve sold out of the books. Thanks to everyone that bought a copy!

*Applicable sales tax will be added for Vermont residents.

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