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Scenery at the Philadelphia Auto Show

Every year I set out to go to the “wonderful” Philadelphia Auto Show. I like going because I usually take quite a few pictures and being that I am an automotive technician, I like seeing what other companies are putting on the road these days. It seems as if every year the show gets more and more crammed. Not just with cars, games and demo’s, but ignorance as well.
So my day began, got up early and headed to the car show. I had to utilize the oh so wonderful parking garage right next to the Philadelphia Convention Center. My “wonderful” annual car show experience started here. As you all know I own a 2006 STI. It’s loud and obnoxious. Recently i had the motor fully built from crank up to the valves. I was coming up the last level and a kid no older than 18-19 years old stands at the back of this rusted pickup truck with his father about to walk down the ramp. Well the son laughed at my car and says “look at that piece of…”, well you know the rest. This day started out great.
Well I was in line waiting to pay for my ticket, just like respectful do…right? Wrong. I had about 5 people cut me in line. Saying something to these people didn’t matter, they are so zoned in on getting their Toyo Tire posters and being first one to sit in and destroy the interior of the new Subaru Sti. Nothing was going to stop them!
Long story short now that I’ve dragged this post out longer than I intended too, I stayed at the show for 35 minutes. I didn’t take 1 picture, at the show at least.
After leaving the show I couldn’t just leave Philadelphia, especially after getting a huge snow storm. So i set out to find a nice quiet place to shoot. I started my way up Kelly Drive to Fairmount Park. Perfect spot. I parked at the closest parking lot and jumped out with my wide-angle and Circular Polarizer and had a field day! Let me know what you think!

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A shadow of my other half

As I was leaving the Mummers Parade this New Years day I was walking down Broad Street in Philadelphia and saw an older man leaning against one of the buildings. I was going to take this shot of him but as I turned around to get it he backed up a little bit, hiding his face. Right as I was about to shoot I noticed there was a reflection of someone in the wall that was posed exactly how he was. There was no time to nail exposure at this point so I snapped away and here’s what I produced.


The mummers hit the streets of Philadelphia

So as you all know yesterday we turned another year. It’s 2011 people, which means start of a fresh and exciting new year. There are people who have traditions and certain “tools” that they use to make the first day of the year a relaxing and great time. If you are anywhere near Philadelphia on New Years day, and can wake up early enough,you’ll only need a few simple tools to make your day exciting. One, you will need a warm cup of hot chocolate or a fresh beverage of choice, as long as it’s in a solo cup. Two, bring a collapsible chair and plant it somewhere on Broad Street. Sit in that seat and let the Mummers handle the rest.

This year after having a crazy new years eve, I set out with my fiance and a few friends to catch the Mummers Day Parade. It was amazing, all the work that goes into the production of this parade is incredible. Here’s a few pictures from the parade, the outfits were terrific as usual! To view more pics from the Mummers Day Parade from this year and last year please view my Philly photo set here. 


Christmas Candy Cane Wine Card from Zazzle.com

Christmas Candy Cane Wine Card from Zazzle.com.

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Skating Philly is a Crime…

In 5th grade till about 9th- 10th grade I used to skate. Me and some friends would hit up the local elementary school, we would take the “dinky” into Princeton and skate the university. Not only did we skate but we carried on the whole image as well. You didn’t have to have your skateboard on you because as long as you were rocking your huge Jnco jeans and sporting your Stussy and Alien Workshop shirts, people would know the deal.

We would have people yell at us because we were in the way or they had thought we were too reckless. Cops would chase us down and try to ticket us for things like vandalism and trespassing. Well they never usually caught up.

After I had got out of skating (took on a new interest, cars), I noticed that the skating scene kind of died down a bit. Now maybe thats because i wasnt involved in it anymore, so i never really payed any attention to it. I noticed there were less and less skaters in public places like the parks, train stations, schools, and shopping centers.

After my journey to Center City, Philadelphia I learned I was very wrong. Center city was flooded with skaters and bikers. It was incredible how many people were skating. There was a crew going at City Hall and if you crossed the street there was another group at Love Park.

The culture was still the same. The clothes were a bit more expensive though, haha. People wearing ALIFE, 10 DEEP, and fresh NIKE SB‘S. It kind of reminded me of the street races. Everyone met up in thier spots, bikers and skaters started fileing out of nowhere some came equipped with thier coffee, others rolled up with thier red bull. They would all sit around and talk, smoke cigs, laugh and joke. When the cops came around it was a massive scramble and within 10 seconds flat the spot was abandoned.

I sat around for a little bit to warm up to the crowd before i started firing my weapon of choice, 5D MKii. I noticed the scene had grown massivly. There were kids ranging from 11 years old up to adults looking like they were about 30. For the most park the crowd was nice. They didn’t mind me and my friend taking pictures. Others were very stand-off towards us but it was well understood.

Watching some of these skaters I was amazed. The tricks that I would try to master about 10-12 years ago, there were three 12 year olds doing them with ease. It’s like the younger kids these days are trained machines in sports. Tricks were being executed at City Hall that I couldn’t image possible without a ramp about 12 years ago.

Needless to say the title of this post was a sarcastic one. I personally don’t belive skating is a crime. Being an ex-skater I do now that yes you do cross that trespassing line very often, but that’s part of the rush.

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Street Photography: Center City, Philadelphia

So as you all know I’ve been on this sort of street photography kick. I am actually enjoying it more than I thought. So with this blog I’ve decided to start a post “trend” in my work. For obvious reasons the posts will be named “Street Photography” but in the title will also have the location.

So this past weekend I spent both Saturday and Sunday in Center City, Philadelphia.

Subconsciously, both Saturday and Sunday I decided to hang around center city. At this point it’s clear to me as to why I did. Plain and simple, the weather was phenomenal. I knew that would be the best spot to unleash my camera and catch some interesting images.

Through-out Saturday I pretty much stayed at LOVE park. There was so much activity going on it was hard to walk away. First there was about 3 sets of happily married couples floating around the park. It was very interesting to see that each couple had their own style, yet all very fashionable. The most important thing was they were enjoying their surroundings, as was I.

Well aside from the brides and grooms I also had about 50 skateboarders keeping the parks rhythm going. Me being an old skater know that back about 8-10 years ago when the scene was huge, there were certain tricks and moves that if you saw someone perfect your jaw would drop. Today i came to the realization that not only are those tricks now so easily done, but there are 12 year olds doing them with ease! There is defiantly a lot of talent out there, it truly does suck that skateboarding is such a “crime” (sarcastically stated).

Moving on, I managed to hit some side streets outside of the park to find even more wedding action and some other shots of people in their “natural state”.

To view more pictures from my “street” work and view other city work please CLICK HERE!


A summer in review…

So I noticed this morning I was shuffling around looking for my hoodie to wear to work. Right then I thought, “I miss you already summer, but I can’t wait for winter” and I got the idea to write this post. This summer was amazing. I met a lot of great people and went to a lot of wild events!

Well here was my summer in review. It pretty much started with a big bang. I attended the New Jersey Motorsports Park to shoot for the Redline Time Attack event. Here is where I was issued my first media pass. It was an amazing experience.

Shortly after this in June Formula Drift event was scheduled at Wall Speedway also in NJ, therefore I was scheduled to be there. Even though I wasn’t able to get a media pass I was able to get some great pictures from the stands.

Due to a lot of my friends being heavily involved in the drifting scene I had attended more events than usual. I will say these guys def know how to have a good time! So I went to ECB (east coast bash) at Englishtown‘s Raceway Park drift course. It was a blast! I got an opportunity to hang on the track with some of the big guys in the drift world like,
Mad Mike Whiddett

Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Chris Forsberg

Ryan Tuerck

Aside from hangin with the big guys I had the chance to sit in on a crazy photo shoot of about 30 cars set up by the Lower Class crew where I took this quick snapshot, just to show you the caliper of cars that we there.

Soon there after my car blew up…I got real pissed, my precious 06 Subaru STI. Ok here’s a pic of that, but enough of this.

To get my mind off my car me and the fiancé decided to spend the weekend at the Shorehouse in North Wildwood. Here is the last picture that came out of my 40D, as it pretty much blew up on me and fried itself, luckily not the card.

Well as if my luck couldn’t get worse from my car blowing its motor my camera had to blow. Well that FORCED me to buy a Canon 5D MKll. Yes, forced me. From here I did some sweet shoots of friends cars.

Matt – RSX-S DC5

Greg – Turbo’d S2000

Justin’s Audi TT

This pretty much wrapped up my summer. So now that I’ve overloaded this post with pictures and you’ve seen SOME of what my summer has been like, how about you? Whats your summer been like? Good I hope. Well for now, peace out summer, it was good seeing you, I’ll be seeing you again next year!


It’s hot in the city, hot in the city tonight!

Lately almost every weekend I’ve been going into a city to take pictures, kind-of being an “urban explorer“. Being in such an over-whelming place all time lets my imagination run wild! Theres always so much action going on you never know where to look. There are so many places in a city to get inspiration. Here’s a picture of a cyclist in Central Park, NYC

Being that Philadelphia and New York are huge cities, there are a vast number of people around you all of the time doing all sorts of different things. Not all of my inspiration comes from people though. Theres also places in a city that can be quiet. Although this is hard to find on a weekend, its great when you get that moment, you can sit down your gear and set up that shot. Frame it just the way you like, make that picture tell you a story.

Well as we know, most major cities are known for landmarks.This also provides a photographer with a lot of inspiration. You look at it and know that you’ve seen it before, but you want to make your shot that much better, and you want to catch it at an angle that some people may not see.

Before I went exploring into these cities with my camera, and way before I had a license to even be able to drive into a city (years ago). Whenever I heard the two words picture and city mended together I always imagined city scape’s, and big buildings!

Now I’ve come to the realization that you can always dig deeper. Theres always another challenge to take on, another angle, another view, or just a whole new perspective. That’s my goal, to show people the world that I see not just through my eyes, but through my lens.

So drop me a comment, let me know what you think!!


There is a style, an art, a term…street photography

These past couple of months I’ve been wanting to just take a full day in a city and take my stab at some street photography. Yes I know you may think to yourself “…hey this is a little creepy”. I think to myself, whats so creepy? Oh is it capturing that one frame that you will never see in your life time ever again? Taking pictures of people in their natural beautiful state? Or is it the part about taking a snapshot of a couple walking down the street holding hands? For those of you that like to do what we call “people watch”, and sit at an outdoor restaurant or coffee-house and just look at people go by, I think you’ll understand. Well if that’s the case I do believe that would be about 95% of this worlds population. People watchers just observe and remember that glimpse for a few moments, I capture it, and save it. That’s the difference in people watching and street photography.

I owe all of my street photography inspiration to a certain photographer from Singapore, his name is Danny Santos. Just by viewing one of his pictures you will understand how amazing street photography really can be. Just that one split second, that one frame, can be worth an uncountable amount of words. He perfected this method. After looking at his work I set out to the one city that I love the most, Philadelphia. I went with my friend Cliff Cooper.

My overall experience was great. A little nervous about taking some pictures. Minding what other people would say to me and not understand what or why I was doing it. This is one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. I really only took a few pictures of people. Here’s my favorite, I call it the window shopper. Let me know what you think

I have a lot of pictures from this past weekend, don’t be afraid to scope out my flickr its only a click away! Leave me feedback.


I want to go again!

Here is a shot that I took in Bar Harbor, Maine about 3 years ago. My fiance and i took a vacation here for about a week. This was taken from a horse and carriage that was taking us down from the peak of Cadillac mountain. Luckily I got my camera to a safe spot before those skies closed up and started to dump buckets of water down on us. Here’s one of my many pictures from this set.