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Finding Inspiration in the Abandoned

I’m still in the early stages of winding down from a two week overload of beautiful landscape and nature scenes. Iceland and Norway can do that to you. On top of that, I live 30 minutes away from one of the epicenters of waterfalls in the world. In other words, it would seem that I have no shortage of environments …

The Return of PhotoXplorers!

I first learned about the PhotoXplorers show many years ago, at the height of my obsession with urban exploration. I thought it was so cool that a group of photographers had a show produced about their explorations, especially with a strong emphasis on the photography. One of the show’s cast was my friend, Sean Galbraith. I’ve known Sean for a …

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Detroit: The City of UrbEx

I’m still reeling from the past three days in Detroit. Never in my life have I seen such an extensive and accessible assortment of schools, churches, factories, and hospitals in this concentrated of an area. For the urban explorer, it really is a playground at a large-city scale. In the course of this weekend, we ended up visiting 11 sites, …

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The Sony FE 16-35mm F4 vs The Sun

Over the past few days, as I started sharing photos taken with the not-yet-released Sony FE 16-35mm F4 lens, one of the most common questions asked was, “What do sunbursts look like with it?” Well, ask and ye shall receive. I had an opportunity to test the lens out earlier this afternoon, while taking in some long overdue UrbEx shooting …

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UrbEx and HDR of yore

I honestly can’t remember the last time I spent more than a passing minute tone-mapping an HDR image or stylizing an UrbEx (Urban Exploration) photo. It has been even longer since the last time I went on an UrbEx shoot. I think it was with my buddy, Todd Sipes, but I can’t remember. I’m sure he’d know better than me …

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Once functioning

I’ve been battling a pretty gnarly flu since getting back from Australia (I wholly blame Colby, who I sat next to on the flight back from Oz). Despite it, I did end up driving up to photograph the famed Peter Iredale shipwreck in northwestern Oregon at sunset (which is at a crazy late hour this time of year!). I was …