Spotted a hawk

Full body
Shutter: 1/400, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 100

Serendipity! I have seen this hawk (or one just like it) all over my town, but I never have my camera when I see him. Or I do have my camera, but the whole family is on the way to an event and my wife won’t let me pull over and try to get a picture. A few days ago I was driving and spotted the hawk on the side of the road. He was flapping his wings but not flying, so I thought he was injured. I dashed home to grab my gear and came back. It was at least ten minutes, but he was still there. So I called Animal Control and started clicking away.

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Bow down before the one you serve. Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails
Shutter: 1/8000, Aperture: f/2.0, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I loved shooting Nine Inch Nails at Verizon Center. I don’t have a ton to say about the experience, but I got some cool shots. I have to tell you Trent Reznor has certainly still “got it.” He’s looking pretty good for 48. Click below for more.
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It was a– nice day for a– white wedding

Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/5.6, Lens: 70-200 mm, ISO: 100

Typically I don’t do weddings. I love being a rock and roll/ monster truck, type of shooter; but a very good friend of mine was getting married, and I really wanted to shoot it. I knew if I was only there as a guest, I’d get agitated watching the hired photog walking around. I knew that I’d also be overly critical of the photos when we finally got to see them. I had the opportunity to shoot another good friend’s wedding a little over a year ago, but I was nervous I’d be over my head so I politely declined. This time around I felt a lot more confident, and was ready to give it another go. Check out how I did, below.

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Eddie Vedder
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 4000

I’m getting a little out of order here, but I didn’t want to forget any details about my Pearl Jam shoot. Anyway, Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam. Arguably the biggest band of the nineties, and still selling out arenas. They’re still juggernauts, and this was their first show in Baltimore in their 23 years as a band. This is the biggest show I’ve shot. Even the folks at my office who haven’t heard of most of the bands I’ve been shooting, knew Pearl Jam. I’m only glad I got some images that do the event some justice. Click below for a lot more.

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Atlas Genius

Keith Jeffery
Shutter: 1/800, Aperture: f/1.8, Lens: 18-35mm, ISO: 1600

I had one of those rockstar experiences on Sunday, it came up completely out of the blue, and kept compounding its awesomeness as the day progressed. I am currently a furloughed Fed. I’m doing a lot of bumming around (and a lot of shooting, I have a ton of blog posts coming your way) A local brewery is doing free tours for furloughed feds, and I had started ringing up my non-essential colleagues to see if anyone wanted to hit it. Then as fate would have it, DC101 contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in shooting an exclusive event with Atlas Genius at that same brewery this past weekend. I said yes. After shooting their acoustic set, I was asked to come along on their private tour of the brewery. It was the band, a few folks from the radio station, and me. That was amazing. After the tour, I casually asked their road manager if there was any room left on the press list for their concert that night at Fillmore Silver Spring. He said “Sure! Want a plus one?”

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Imagine Dragons in your Neighbourhood

Dan Reynolds
Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

I’ve really been enjoying Imagine Dragons recently (you know their hit Radioactive), so I was ecstatic to be able to shoot them at Merriweather a couple of weeks ago. Added bonus, The Neighbourhood (you know their hit Sweater Weather) opened for them. Give both of their albums a listen, they’re pretty tight. And Merriweather is my favorite amphitheater venue, so this was an amazing concert experience for me. I don’t have a ton to tell you, but do have plenty of cool shots to share. Click below.

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Miss America returns to Atlantic City

Miss Maryland Christina Denny
Shutter: 1/160, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 800

I got to return to the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City this last weekend and it was amazing. Yes, for the obvious reasons, but I feel I really knocked it out of the park and had a great time. I have a ton of photos below, check it out!

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Muse and Cage the Elephant

Shutter: 1/125, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

I got to shoot Muse at Verizon Center last week, on behalf of DC101. This was cool because I had never shot a concert at Verizon Center before. This is where the biggest acts perform when they come to DC. Welcome to the big leagues.

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Uproar Fest – Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains

Dave Navarro
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

One of my ultimate wish list items was crossed off the other week, I got to shoot Dave Navarro. There’s a danger to building up something so big in your head, you keep anticipating it, and then you get there and it’s no where near your expectation. Unless you’re talking about taking photos of Dave Navarro. Then you find it’s everything you expected it to be. Oh, I also got to shoot Alice in Chains. So there’s that.

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The Lumineers

Wesley and Jeremiah
Shutter: 1/2000, Aperture: f/1.4, Lens: 50mm, ISO: 1600

I have lots of shots below in glorious color and great edge lighting, but I really like this moment I caught with Wesley and Jeremiah, so I dropped it to b&w to make it focus more on the frozen moment. I seem to know how to get the standard “concert photo” shot, but I’m constantly looking for new and better photos to take. Click below for more.

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Washington Kastles

Look at the fuzz flying off the ball
Shutter: 1/640), Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 160mm, ISO: 200

I shot another Washington Kastles (pro tennis) match the other week. This shot, while very, very lucky, came out as my favorite. Check out the fuzz flying off the ball as Bobby Reynolds returns a serve from the Sringfield Lasers. I’m working on trying to cover the Olympics in 2016, and I need to add unique, challenging shots like this to my sports portfolio. Click below for more photos from this match.

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Shooting Lynyrd Skynyrd

Shutter: 1/250, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

Last sunday I got to shoot the Big 100.3 FM Big Concert at Jiffy Lube Live. The show featured rockers Black Stone Cherry, Bad Company, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The biggest piece of this experience however was that the folks at Big 100.3 FM asked me to shoot it.

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Ben Folds Five Barenaked Ladies

Ben Folds playing piano
Shutter: 1/200, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 1600

I got to redo my shoot of Barenaked Ladies. Last time I was at Wolftrap, and they restricted all the photogs to the right aisle, about 10 rows back. Not only could I not see any of the right side of the stage, but there were people walking in front of me the entire time. This time I got an added bonus of Ben Folds Five. In the above shot I got to really play with my new take on cropping. I used to only ever crop to “established” ratios, as I felt with some discipline, it forced me to be more discerning in my selection. But the general consensus I’ve heard from other photographers is, eh, crop to how you like. So I tried it, and I liked this photo the best now. Click below for more.

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Of Monsters and Men

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir looking right at me
Shutter: 1/100, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 100mm, ISO: 1600

Two days after shooting Monster Trucks I got to shoot Of Monsters and Men at Merriweather Post Pavillion. I hadn’t shot here before, and it was wonderful! A spacious pit, reasonable stage height, good lighting, great sound, everything you could ask for. I’m really digging Of Monsters and Men right now, I listen to their album My Head Is An Animal
pretty frequently, so it was a very enjoyable concert as a bonus. I love this pic of Nanna looking right at me, but I have a lot more favorites below.

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Of Monsters and Trucks

Grave Digger
Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f/7.1, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 800

MONSTER JAM came back to Baltimore last week, and I was there, snapping away as the trucks stomped and tore through cars, mud and fire. I have “perfected” the slow shutter technique I use when shooting monster trucks flying through the air, so I was looking to try out something new. As you can see above, I have started experimenting with spin zoom. Zooming the lens while pressing the shutter button. It’s difficult to pull off, and almost unnecessary (especially when you could just do it in Photshop with the Zoom Blur filter), but there is a greater thrill when you nail the shot, and it comes straight from camera looking like this. Lots of exciting pics below, click!

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Photo Excursion to North Topsail Beach, NC

Heron in the Soundside Park
Shutter: 1/60, Aperture: f/13.0, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 100

My photo mentor/friend Paul had won a few nights at a beach house in North Carolina last month. His intent was to go down, relax, drink some beer, and just take pictures of everything and anything. I was happy to tag along. We packed up my car with every piece of gear we owned, loaded up Waze on the phone and drove seven hours to North Topsail Beach. It was wonderfully secluded, and full of stuff to shoot. One of the days we were driving around looking for a sandwich, we happend upon Soundside Park nature reserve. We caught this postcard-esque scene of a great heron looking for lunch of his own. We shot the Milky Way, pelicans, fishermen, even a swimsuit model in the surf. Click below for tons more.

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Can I graduate? Third Eye Blind

3EB on stage
Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

I finally got my wish. Ever since I started shooting concerts back in 2011, my number one “get” was Third Eye Blind. They were one of my favorite bands in college, and I was itching to see them live (again) and be in the pit. I attempted four times to get press credentials and was turned down. At first I was getting turned down frequently enough it didn’t bother me, but the last time I got turned down, it was pretty aggravating. They were playing a campus show. A campus show! One would think the number of press requests would be small enough to accommodate me. But then it happened! Third Eye Blind was slated to headline a benefit concert for the Ryan Zimmerman ziMS Foundation, to benefit suffers of M.S. And wouldn’t you know it, I got credentialed.

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All Day I Dream About Shooting Korn

Jonathan Davis
Shutter: 1/80, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 15mm, ISO: 1600

On Saturday I shot Preakness, Tuesday I shot Korn, and tonight I’m shooting Third Eye Blind. This is a rare situation, I got to shoot this concert in the pit with my colleague Joshua. I’ve gotten to shoot a couple of concerts with Paul, but both times we were in the crowd and couldn’t move from our spots at all. This time was unique in that my blog was representing more than %20 of the shooters that were there, and we could clothesline any hipster crapheads that got in our way. Korn gave me some incredible shots to work with. The dreadlocks, the theatrics, the rocking-out, all made for some kick-ass photos. Warning: Now having read this article, I loved most of the photos I took. I don’t have any “lessons learned,” so this is more of a “Check out this cool photo!” entry.

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Running at Preakness

Pulling forward
Shutter: 1/640, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 100

This past weekend was the biggest annual sporting event in Baltimore, the 138th Preakness at Pimlico. My friend Paul was contracted by USA Today Sports Images to shoot the event and they needed a runner, so he got me in with a press badge to help out. My primary goal while I was there was to run memory chips full of images from the primary photographers on the dirt, through the crowd, up to the photo editor way up in the press office. The distance wasn’t the issue as much as the thousands of people standing around. In between running disks back and forth, and helping with equipment, I could walk around and shoot the concerts (Pitbull and Macklemore), the crowd, and the occasional race. Here’s what I learned and what, what? I got some pics published to boot. Oxbow may have been the big winner, but I felt like I was the lucky one.

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“I had a beer with Soundgarden” – Shooting the DC101 Chili Cook-off

Chris Cornell
Shutter: 1/500, Aperture: f/2.8, Lens: 70-200mm, ISO: 200

I was the official photographer for the DC101 Chili Cook-off, an annual summer concert hosted by the legendary radio station. I had shot an all-day festival last fall, but this was my first experience shooting rock bands and then immediately providing the images to be uploaded to their website. The greatest part of the whole experience was seeing my photos dominate their website and Facebook wall, and watching all those hundreds of likes and shares come in. Oh, that and getting to have a beer backstage with Soundgarden at the end of it all. The line up was RDGLDGRN, Beware of Darkness, Capital Cities, Silversun Pickups, AWOLNATION, and Soundgarden.

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