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My new, damaged, Canon 1D-X and Canon USA’s refusal to help

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Horrible, isn’t it?

Not the photo itself, I’m actually quite happy with this image of John Edwards tearing through Turn 7 at Sebring International Raceway during the 12 Hours of Le Mans season opener last month.
No, I mean the absolutely filthy sensor in my BRAND NEW Canon 1D-X. It’s horrible. This photo is useless without a good 20-30minutes of clean up in Photoshop.

Before I go into details about the camera and the complete lack of help from Canon USA, I’ll fill you in a little about myself. I have a feeling some of you aren’t familiar with my work. I’m a photographer based in Southern California, a large portion of my work and income is from professional racing and autosports. One of my largest clients the last couple years has been Falken Tire. Last year I handled half the Le Mans series for them, their Off Road ad campaign, Monster Energy Supercross, and their 2012 promotional model photography.

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Anyway, last year when the new Canon 1D-X was announced in February I decided to go ahead and pre-order it since I would be doing quite a bit more race photography than usual. I have shot Canon gear since I started on DSLRs back in college. I own several cameras and many lenses and Speedlites. The DX seemed like a logical, albeit very expensive, upgrade for me and my work.
My workhorse the last few years has been my 5D2, and I wasn’t impressed enough with the 5D3 to upgrade to that model. However, I was ready to retire my 1D-3 for the X because of the sensor, processors and focus system. But, as many of us pros soon realized, we would not be getting our pre-ordered X’s any time soon because of the Olympics. I finally cancelled my pre-order at the end of August because the racing seasons were done and pre-orders were still not yet being filled. I told myself I would wait til the ’13 race seasons kicked off and spend the money at that time.
Fast forward to February of this year. I decided to go ahead and order the DX even though my race schedules for ’13 seasons were not yet confirmed. I two-day-aired a camera from B&H Photo in New York to my home here in SoCal so I would have it in time for the Sebring race.

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So I was packed up and ready for Sebring. I eventually decided not to carry my 1D-3 out to Florida – boy did I regret NOT having my perfectly good 1D-3 a few days later.

  • Day 1 – Not realizing I even had a problem

Now, I didn’t check my new DX when it arrived three days before I flew to Florida. That was a mistake. I assumed that a brand new, $7,000 camera would be perfectly clean and in good working order – and I had other things to take care of since I was going to be in Florida for a week to see friends while in town, too.

I arrived in Sebring on Thursday and was busy most of the afternoon taking care of my hard card photo credential and attending the required photographer meeting. All stuff I’m used to doing and a totally normal start to a race weekend. At one point before the photographer meeting I wandered over to one of the turns that had closer access than normal and didn’t require a media vest (I did have my hard card however, so that allowed me into that area).

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Now this photo isn’t anything amazing. But it’s a GREAT example of the problems I noticed with my camera. This is photo “JRX_0026”. That means it’s the 26th image I shot with my DX. The first dozen or so were just images around the paddocks. As I said, I wandered out to the track and started playing around with the settings on my DX before the meeting. Now, the auto focus system and interface is completely different than my 1D-3 and my 5D-2, so, excuse the bad shot. This is straight from camera as well. No processing since I wanted to show the dirtiness of the sensor.

The red circles are spots that you can see on the full res image in Lightroom, however they weren’t visible on the camera screen.

I didn’t actually notice this too much until later that afternoon. The first dozen shots in the paddocks were all shot around f/3.5 or so. It wasn’t until later (maybe photo number 200) when I was shooting at f/22 and doing 1/20 second pans that I realized my NEW sensor was dirty. Even in the image above it’s hard to tell unless you’re looking at it full res on your computer screen. only a couple of the specs were noticeable to me at that point.

Later that evening was night practice. And, of course, you can’t see any problems on those images since they’re all shot at f/2.8

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At this point, Thursday night, I was unaware there was any problem whatsoever with my camera. The few specs I could visibly see on the camera screen (the two at the nose of the Ferrari in the image above) I just figured were on my lens and cleaned my lenses that night at the hotel.

  • Day 2 – Realizing how screwed I actually was. 

The second day at the track I arrived late, missing the morning practice.
So, when I did arrive around 11a I made my way out to Turn 7 since it was close to the parking lot and I only had a bit longer with the GT practice.
This is when I realized that my camera was going to need to be cleaned… after being a week old, with only 1k on the shutter.

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I’ve significantly increased the contrast on this image so you can see all the dust/specs on the image. Look at the both the track and sky. This is shot at f/22, ISO100, 1/30 handheld.
Part of me was STILL thinking “How the HELL are my lenses this filthy?! I clean all my gear before any gig AND I double checked it last night”. I was still naive enough to think it was a lens problem. If your gear suddenly starts having problems like never before, it’s likely the new piece you added, not your existing gear. Obviously. haha.

Here’s a better easier-to-understand screen grab from Lightroom that afternoon when I got back to the media room…

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Those are all the dust removal points I had entered before pulling into Photoshop… Once in PS I still had to remove a number of spots that were in areas too tricky for the LR dust removal and needed cloning to take out.

I’m sorry, but this is just bullshit.

You can imagine how pissed off I was sitting in the media room realizing all my photos I shot were useless. I actually cut shooting that practice short because these were totally noticeable on the camera screen. Today was a bright, hot, sunny day – unlike the afternoon before  – and the sensor damage was very apparent.
Well, I had cleaning swabs with me and decided that I would have to clean my new camera back in the media room.

I used three swabs that didn’t appear to help much at all.
I saved my final one for the next day since Friday was now pretty much over and I was just going to try and get some portraits of the Falken Tire drivers who I know since I wanted to create nice portrait shots of them at the track. My camera issue would have to wait til later and I knew portraits at f/2 wouldn’t be a problem.

  • So I call Canon Support

I called Canon support that afternoon to talk to someone and find out if there is a Canon certified repair center in Orlando, Florida – I knew there wasn’t, but I wanted to call anyway and discuss the whole issue with someone at the company.
I explained the issue, that the camera was brand new. The man on the phone pulled up my Canon account and saw all my gear registered, including my new DX. He explained what I already knew, that the closest Canon service center was in the New England area and nowhere near Florida. I said I would just take it into the Irvine center the following week since I live in SoCal.
I was told that because my camera was a week old it was still under warranty and they would take care of repairs needed.

On race day I tried to still use my camera a little bit. I was there working. I HAD to take photos at this race.

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  • Nope. Camera is still pretty useless.

This is the photo from the top of this post. Contrast increased so you can see more of the sensor damage.
I went back to the media center and used my very last cleaning swab to try and clear whatever the hell this was on the sensor off… it didn’t work, of course.

So at this point I’m basically screwed. I used my 5D2 for mayyyybe 20 minutes before I decided there was no way I was going to get the images I needed for my client with just a 5D… that focus system isn’t enough for racing. Ha.

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I spent at least an hour here at the track that afternoon… may as well take a nap since my sports camera is useless…

Once dusk set that evening I was able to open up to f/11 and wider where the dust was not as much of an issue.

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I don’t think I’ve ever kept my camera at ISO50 so late into the evening hours. However, it was the only way to allow me to shoot wider than f/11 sooner in the evening than usual.

  • Canon basically blows me off once I’m back in California

Here’s when things really took a turn for the worst for me…. when I returned to California.

My last night in Florida was about three hours long. I had to get up around 430a to leave for the airport and have time to return my rental car and make my 7a flight. After landing in San Diego, I picked up my car, repacked my things and started my drive to Vegas where I had work the next couple days.
I stopped in Irvine at the Canon Service Center and their headquarters, ready to leave my camera for the week if needed…

I explained the issue to the girl behind the desk. There was only one other person in there that afternoon being helped, so, at least I didn’t feel rushed. It was also 5:15 and they close at 6p. So, I was likely one of the last people of the day.
I told her that the camera was brand new and that the sensor seemed to have arrived filthy, that I would like it cleaned and checked. I told her I spoke to someone on the phone and they said to bring it in and it would be serviced.
She asked to see my invoice… I asked what she meant, and she said she needed to see an invoice for the camera purchase with my name on it as proof that I bought and own the camera. This surprised me a little since I’ve never been asked to prove that gear I’m bringing in for service is actually mine however this was a warranty issue so I understood. I pulled up my Gmail account on my phone and showed her the receipt of sale from B&H Photo that was dated approximately 10 days before that afternoon’s date.

To be honest I was a little put off by her reaction to having to read an email on my phone – even though she had just said that it was acceptable proof of purchase.
Says right there… John Remus Photography… B&H Photo… $6,820….

At this point she looks at the camera sensor herself.
I wish I had a photo of the sensor – it was visibly dirty when being held in front of you.

“What did you use to clean this?” – her
“Standard sensor cleaning swabs… normal ones…” -me
“Well, you’re actually not supposed to clean this sensor yourself.” -her
“What?…”-me
“You’re not supposed to clean the DX sensor yourself. It’s too delicate and you’re supposed to send it into Canon to clean. We use a no-liquid type of cleaning to clean the DX sensor…” -her

Ok, small mini-rant here as a professional photographer: If you are selling SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLAR CAMERAS that experienced professionals ARE NOT supposed to clean themselves… you MIGHT want to let said camera owners know about such a requirement.
There was no big-ass note card in the box saying “Warning: Do NOT attempt to clean sensor with cleaning swabs. Send to Canon facility ONLY”. Honestly, I found that comment on her part to be extremely convenient for Canon. As in “Oh, you tried to clean this camera just like the other three DSLRs you own? Yeah, we don’t want you doing that.”

Also, I actually read my camera manuals when I buy new gear. Here is the part about cleaning your DX.

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That’s it. It says right there recommended not “required”.

This bit also acknowledges that the DX might get oil on the sensor from the internal moving parts of the camera – a problem you easily read many cases about by doing a quick Google search on “Dirty 1D-X sensor” or variation of the phrase.

Anyway, the girl takes my camera back to the service guys to have them take a look. I’m thinking “Great. They’re going to clean it, or worst case scenario I have to leave it here for repairs, but the guy on the phone said it would be handled under warranty.”

  • Canon says it’s not their fault, wants money

I would say about 15-20 minutes went by before the girl reappeared from the back. I immediately knew this was a bad sign when not only did it take that long, but she was still holding my camera when she returned.
The conversation that followed went something like this:

“Well, I have some bad news…” -her
“Ok….” -me
“The sensor is damaged. There is some sort of liquid damage to the outer coating. Our service guys tried to clean it off and they couldn’t. We don’t know what it is, but it’s not from the cleaning fluid (that was on the cleaning swabs).” -her
“Ok… So I need to leave it her then (for repairs)?” -me
“Well, it wouldn’t have left our facility this way, so because of that it’s not covered under warranty..” -her
“What?!! This is a brand new camera” -me
“Well it has about 4,000 clicks on the shutter” – she interupts
“Yeah, well, I told you I was at a race. I had to work. I couldn’t NOT take photos. This camera is BRAND NEW. I can go get my laptop out of the car and show you image number 10 where you can see some hints of the dots on the sensor…” -me, getting a little aggravated at Canon’s accusation that I damaged my sensor
“Oh! No! You’re right! 4,000 is NOTHING for this camera!” -she quickly acknowledged.
“But you’re saying it’s not under warranty?” -me
“Well, it wouldn’t have left our facility like this. We’re not saying you did it (the damage) but we are saying that it wouldn’t leave our facilities this way.” -her
“So what are my options? I have to pay to repair my brand new camera??!!” -me
“Well, let’s see… what’s your name? I’ll check and see what the cost is for you…” her, logging into the computer.

Now, there is a program called Canon Professional Services. Membership is free, $100/year, or $500/year depending on what level membership you want. I rarely need repairs so I have the basic (free) membership. With that comes no discount on repairs. I knew this was what she was checking to “see what it would cost me”.

  • Then I’m accused of bringing in a camera I can’t prove is mine… WTF?!

“Um, replacing the sensor would come out to $1,985.96…. ” -her
“WHAT?? Um… wow.” me, completely shocked
“Yeah, unfortunately the sensor is the most expensive part of this camera….” -her
“So, I’m expected to spend two-thousand dollars to repair a one-week old camera…” me, at this point I’m shocked that Canon seems to care less about their pro-shooters than I expected.
“Well, we don’t know that it’s just a week old….” her, seemingly accusing me of something
“What?! You don’t know?” – me, getting more annoyed
“Well are you sure it was new when you bought it?” – her, seemingly accusing me of buying used gear and trying to get it repaired
“I showed you my invoice from B&H… do you want to see it again?” me, pissed but trying to stay calm as I’m realizing there is little hope that Canon will do anything for me.
-I get kind of a blank stare from the girl-
“So you’re saying my only choice is to pay a couple grand and have it repaired?” – me
“Well, you can either leave it here to be repaired or you can take it up with B&H…” -her, brushing off a Canon problem to the retailer.
“Well in that case I’ll contact B&H and see if they’ll help me. Because I’m not paying $2,000 to repair a one-week old camera. That’s ridiculous.” -me

 

At this point I ended the conversation and left. But I still had a four hour drive to Las Vegas to stew about how Canon basically gave their own little Screw-You to an industry professional and said “Pay us to fix it or go bother someone else with the problem.”

  • B&H Photo pulls through where Canon blew me off

The next morning I called B&H Photo from Vegas, where I would be working on a gig the next couple days for Pabst Blue Ribbon. At least I had my 5D2 to use over the next few weeks since my DX was still useless.

I called B&H and explained everything after they pulled up my order number and asked what the problem was. I told them the issue, and my experience with Canon saying they wouldn’t help me and that I had to take it up with B&H.
B&H paused on the phone – and there was that brief moment of terror when they came back and said “Well the camera is brand new, so it should still be under warranty….”
Cue panic on my part that B&H is going to say I have to take it up with Canon…
“But, don’t worry. We’ll take care of you. I’m sending you an RMA (return authorization) to your email. Actually, I just sent it so you should already have it. Send the gear back to us and we’ll take care of you.” – B&H
“Seriously?!!! Just send it back and you guys will replace it for me?!!” -me
“As long as it’s in mint condition and has everything included, yes, we’ll take care of it” -B&H

I was SO relieved. I went on to add that I was shocked Canon basically blew me off and accused me of damaged the sensor, then accused me of “maybe not even having the camera a week. And THEN said that it wasn’t under warranty.
B&H’s service guy just goes “Well, that’s bullshit. It IS covered under warranty. But again, don’t worry about it, we’ll handle it.”

That’s all I needed.

I’m a professional photographer. My camera is how I make my money. I bought what turned out to be a damaged camera from Canon and instead of helping me Canon wanted me to pay them another $2,000 to fix something that shouldn’t have even been a problem.

B&H is the hero in this story. Instead of questioning my motives, accusing me of possible scenarios of damaging a new $7k piece of hardware, they gave me the exact answer I needed. That they would replace my faulty equipment so I can continue with my work.

I’m incredibly upset with Canon.

But Canon knows that us pros can’t just up and switch because we’re treated poorly. I have four DSLRs, a half dozen lenses, and a couple speedlites. I can’t just switch to Nikon – but believe me, I was definitely thinking “My friends at Nikon wouldn’t stand for this if I called them saying my new gear was damaged…” But companies have us by the balls once we’re invested. Sure, I could switch if I wanted to take a severe loss on selling my equipment to buy new equipment of another brand. But most of us can’t afford to do that.

  • My new DX ships out

Currently I’m waiting on my replacement DX. Because of the holiday weekend all returns for B&H were delayed. And now I should finally have my replacement camera tomorrow afternoon – just in time for the Formula Drift race this weekend in Long Beach where I’ll be shooting for my old employer K&N Filters.

  • In closing

I’m incredibly disappointed in Canon and how they would treat a professional shooter – or any customer for that matter. Does it matter that I own tens of thousands worth of Canon gear, all of which is registered to my account on their system…. no, it shouldn’t matter. But I DID think they might take me a bit more seriously than they did.
This instance has been enough for me to strongly consider Nikon and jump teams. I don’t care what gear I shoot with, I’m shooting Canon because I’m heavily invested after many years of shooting with their products. But being treated so poorly makes me not want to continue with the company. However I’m stuck for several more years after such a massive new purchase. Perhaps in a couple years during my next big upgrade I’ll look at switching.

B&H Photo will continue to receive my business. I’ve made several purchases through them over the years and bought two of my four DSLRs through them, among other gear. It is clear that they value their customers by how quickly they replaced my gear with zero accusations. I didn’t want money from Canon or B&H, I wanted a working camera. That’s not much to ask.

Now one last note: something I learned that isn’t printed anywhere and I can’t find anything online searching for it “Canon doesn’t want you to clean the DX sensor”. I think this is an excuse for them to say that any damage you might have is something they can now blame on you. If you don’t want people cleaning their cameras, you better make that VERY well known because right now it just sounds like a convenient excuse for Canon USA to place blame.

My Hollywood showcase, with RAW Artists

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Last night was my showcase in Hollywood, at Playhouse with RAW Artists. As many of you know, I was contacted by RAW Artists a little over a month ago. They had come across my photography and were interested in having me showcase with them. Well, that event was last night and the support I received from everyone was overwhelming.

I was really touched by how many people came out to support me and my work – and even the goofy shot of five of my subjects and myself above is awesome!

So often I tend to look at my work as just photos.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe in my work and stand my imagery. I’m confident in my abilities, but I still will look at my images as something that my subjects allow me to very easily create with them.

What I’m trying to say, is that often I forget that the portraits I’ve created of people mean more to those individuals than I realize.  And nearly every person from my collection in last nights showcase proved that by showing up excited to see their photo on the wall, give me a hug, congratulate me on my work, and thank me for allowing them to be a part of it.

I’m surprised I didn’t get more emotional, but as I go through these photos and see what a great time everyone had talking and meeting one another, it compounds the amount of love there really was last night. Again, Thank You!

A couple things that stand out, before I get to a huge assortment of photos…
My cousin drove up from San Diego to be there even though he had to work at 4a the next day, thank you Gianni!
My Mom and step-dad flew down last minute from the Bay Area.
Adam, who turned into my poster-boy for this whole event, came out on his 25th birthday to be there.
Lauren, my best girl friend here in LA, celebrated her birthday last night with me at the show AND took tons of photos for me because she knew I wouldn’t have time.

Everyone else that attended, texted, called, emailed, posted on facebook, etc. Thank you all for the support!

Please check out the rest of the images after the break, I’ll have a lot more to say about the event and people that attended.

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RAW Artists – April showcase featuring me!

I’m going to be a featured artist in the April show “Unearthed” by RAW Artists!

I was contacted recently by RAW about potentially showcasing my work at one of their upcoming shows. I went to their March show to check it out and see what it was all about. I decided that having the opportunity to share with everyone my work and what I do would be a lot of fun. So, I told them I would be down to showcase in April.

This is where all you guys come in… come support!

The show is Thursday, April 7th at 8pm at Playhouse Hollywood.
Tickets are pre-sale online and they’re $10. Basically, I need to raise $200 to cover my costs. And unless one of you guys wants to donate $200 to me, I’m raising it through ticket sales just like everyone else.
Order your tickets here: http://www.rawartists.org/hollywood/unearthed/?artistid=10284

It’s a lounge, so there is a bar. 21 and up only, lounge attire required. Party goes til 2am.

One of the things I’m most looking forward to though, the headliner is Kerli.
She did some of the songs  from Alice and Wonderland, and has an incredible style to her. Hopefully I get an opportunity to talk to her, she would be amazing to add to my portrait series.

Check out Kerli’s newest music video

And, lastly, here’s a screen grab of the online flier…

Hope to see you there!

So much amazing news! And some BMX! LOL!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, nearly three weeks! I’ve been swamped with travel and also my little sister’s wedding!!
But I have some other really amazing news to share with everyone – even though most of you know. My images from Eryn Holl’s wedding were featured on both CNN.com and AOL.com’s homepages! How incredible.

Eryn’s father Steve Holl’s fight with brain cancer and the experimental treatment that has helped prolong his life has made headlines and grabbed national attention. His story has been shared all over the U.S. and also has been broadcast during the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on national television. My photos from the wedding were shown on TV, and the image above has been used on tons of different websites.

It’s really incredible the reach that their story has had.

Also, before leaving town a few weeks ago for my sister’s wedding I met up with BMX stunt riders Sean Logan and Eric Hough.
Above is Sean getting some serious air at the jumps here in Burbank.

It was great to catch up with these guys again. I was shocked how long it had been since I last photographed them.

I don’t know the exact names of all the tricks Sean was throwin out, but he’s really impressive to watch in person.
We spent a lot of time BS’ing and talking. It was also incredibly hot that afternoon so Sean and Eric were takin it a bit easier than normal.

Unfortunately the jumps were overgrown with a lot of shrubs. So it made most all of the camera angles terrible. And it really detracts from just how high in the air Sean is. That bush, is about seven feet tall in front of me that I’m trying to shoot over.

Eric was throwing some pretty hard tricks, too.
And again, the bushes really take away from just how high he’s getting on these jumps.

Sean, left, and Eric, top, takin a break. It was still in the 80s when we were finishing shooting at 6pm.
Crazy weather that day, and these guys were probably burning up I would guess. Hell, I was sweatin’ a ton myself and I was just wearing some cargo shorts while standing there cooking in the sun.

About to call it a day and head out..

I have so many more shots I’d love to share with everyone from family shoots I did recently, too. I also have a bunch of photos from my little sister’s wedding a week ago. But, I’m going to have to save those and do a much longer blog about it separately. And expect another post soon about last week’s rooftop shoot that I did with eight models, two make up artists, and two hair stylists. I have a ton of great images from that.

Check back soon! I’ll be doing more frequent updates again since I’m back from traveling.

Peace Out, America!

This trip… requires one additional thing to carry…

I’m leaving the States! In about five hours or so I’ll be boarding Air China and headed to the East! I’ll be spending the next two weeks traveling around South Korea with my friend Colleen – whom I haven’t seen face to face since our days in college in Michigan.
And how cool is a little reunion in a completely different country, huh?

I’m bringing pretty minimal amounts of everything – including my camera gear. I’ll be headed there with only my Mark III, wide and normal L lenses, and one 580EXII. I’ll also have my laptop – so keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be about to post a mid-trip update!

I’ve been pretty busy the last couple weeks editing and booking more shoots for when I return to the US at the end of the month. My apologies for the lack of any serious update in the last two weeks, but, as I’ve said before, my contract work keeps me from releasing images until this project goes to press.

I’m potentially going to be updating my Twitter feed while traveling, but that’s still uncertain. Either way, keep yours eyes here on my blog for updates on my travels!

Have a great November everyone! I’ll be gone most of it ;-)

Derek’s feature in Unzipped Magazine

The July issue of Unzipped magazine features a story about singer/songwriter Derek J.

For those of you who watch my blog, you’ll already know that this is a photo spread that I shot with Derek a few months back.
Derek and I have been great friends the last 10 years – wow, that went fast. And when he was approached to be featured in Unzipped, Derek came to me to do the photography. I was extremely flattered that Derek wanted me to do the shoot for him – he pointed out that he was more comfortable working with me than some random photographer. Either way, I was excited to help.

For those who aren’t familiar, Unzipped is gay men’s magazine. So if you don’t know that and go to pick up a copy, you may be in for a surprise. Just as much as people were surprised when I said I had some of my work featured on AVN’s website a month or so ago (AVN is Adult Video News, haha – see past blogs).

The spread features four different shots from our shoot that afternoon. The above one is also included, is my favorite, and will also be added to my online portfolio shortly.

I’m incredibly proud of this feature, and of Derek’s accomplishments. While our lives are very different, our core value sets are very similar – which is probably why we’ve remained friends over the years.

Please, if you’re interested, check out the feature in Unzipped.
You can also listen to some of his music and purchase his cds on iTunes and MySpace – I shot his most recent cd art, too

Also…

I have a number of other images featured in various ads. Probably in over a dozen magazines or so… I’ll have to start putting together a list. But here’s an example of a full page ad from this month’s D-Sport magazine.

The image features Tanner Foust at the podium after his second place win at the Long Beach Formula Drift, and also his Rockstar Energy Scion TC. Both images are from my work at the LBFD back in April. You can see some of those images in the Racing section of my portfolio.

This ad, and other like it are in various magazines including Import Tuner, D-Sport, Modified, Truckin’, Super Street, etc… they feature my work from the Long Beach Gran Prix, Long Beach Formula Drift, Lucas Oil Off Road Race Series, Quadcross, Motocross, Superbike, etc…

I’ll get a better list together and update you all soon.

Good night everyone!

Laura Shields and Jesse Hart

I had the pleasure of working with the very beautiful Laura Shields in Beverly Hills, on Memorial Day.
Along with my good friend, singer Jesse Hart, we set out to create some James Dean/Natalie Woods inspired photos.
I’ll be completely honest and say I’m not quite sure how close we got – but I’m also nowhere near done editing the images yet. This is one of the images that caught my eye last night as I quickly sorted through the photos. They will all need to some more work to make them look aged and weathered. But I feel I’m off to a good start.

I’ve been behind in updating my portfolio with recent work. For that I apologize to all of you who follow my work regularly.
I’ll be playing a lot of catch up this week editing images of Marsha, and continuing to edit this shoot of Laura and Jesse. I also shot a fashion show for Studio C Salon that I need to edit. Not to mention the bit of motocross I photographed Thursday before my holiday-weekend cruise to Mexico (no, we didn’t stop. No swine-flu here).

Check back shortly. 
I’m expecting to run some major updates this Sunday.

Also, starting in June, and going through July (and the rest of the year), keep an eye out for my work in various magazines including Rebel Ink, Unzipped, Import Tuner, Super Street, Cycle News, D Sport, Sport Truck, etc…

I told you I’ve been busy…

Automotive madness…

This is just going to be a quick update… and slight teaser of things to come.
My weekend is, has been, and will continue to be, filled with all sorts of cars.

Today I had the pleasure of shooting some of Anthony’s car collection over at Promax Motor Sports in Alhambra, CA. The shoot will be continued throughout the weekend, and then depending on things go… over the weeks to come.


Promax’s Smart Car… this thing is awesome, I want one now…

Also…

On Friday I attended the Garden Grove Classic Car show they have every Friday evening. Tons of beautifully restored classic cars. Everything from Model T’s to American Muscle. Very nice owners, beautiful machines, and an incredibly friendly atmosphere.

I attended meet to check out the cars, of course. But also to find the perfect car for an upcoming shoot I’ll be doing. I had the pleasure of meeting Richard and Sarah C., owners of a Red ’34 Chevy. Now, I don’t have any photos of the car right now, ironically… However, Richard and Sarah have been kind enough to colaborate with myself and a model for an upcoming pinup shoot.


Meet Kassandra. This shoot is going to be great…

So, I’m gonna keep this somewhat short… Check back tomorrow for futher updates… and watch for some major new additions to my portfolio.
Busy night ahead… with a lot more editing to do too…

Southern California’s on fire… again

Socal is burning again…

This is part of the Yorba Linda fire in Orange County. Unfortunately as a freelance photojournalist I’m not allowed much closer than this…
The air quality has quickly gone downhill here all day. Below are some photos from this afternoon… you couldn’t see the sky… Hell, you could barely see the sun.

Yes, the sky was really this color… it was gross…

You could barely see the sun too… I couldn’t even focus very well, ha!