Case Studies

Nature vs Man: Plum Island, Massachusetts

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 in Blog, Case Studies

Plum Island, Massachusetts is an island located off the northeast coast of Massachusetts, north of Cape Ann. It is a barrier island approximately 11 miles (18 km) in length. The island is named for the wild beach plum shrubs that grow on its dunes. The island is located in parts of four municipalities in Essex County.

Plum Island is accessed by one road running from Newburyport to the north of the island on a causeway and drawbridge over the Plum Island River. A charter to build the road between Rolfe’s Lane (Ocean Avenue) and the island was granted in 1806 to the Plum Island Turnpike and Bridge Corporation. The road remained a private one until in 1905 the General Court required Essex County to lay it out as a county road, compensating its then owners with a cash settlement.[9]

Plum Island Drive runs along the inland side of the island. In the north it is lined with homes. In the refuge it is paved for about half its distance and is a dusty dirt road for the remainder. Along it are numbered parking lots with boardwalks leading to the beach, overlooks and trails, and facilities for the maintenance of the refuge.

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We Roam the Night – Cinemagraphs

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 in Blog, Case Studies, Inspiration

The Avenue of the Giant Redwoods During the Night Cinemagraph.  These images were taken in Humboldt Country in the Avenue of the Giants Redwood Forest in Northern California.  These results are achived bu using a tripod and handheld flash.  I walked around the trees and poped the flashed numerous times from various locations during a 30 second exposure.  The images are processed in photoshop individually then patched together in a .gif for these results. Enjoy!



















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The Impossible Project: Polaroids from Massachusetts

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 in Blog, Case Studies, Inspiration, Projects

Polaroids from Massachusetts; thanks to the impossible project.

Taken with Polaroid SX-70.


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The Best Cameras from 1900-2012 (feat. Alex Mack)

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 in Blog, Case Studies, Inspiration, Projects

The Brownie Developed using Vitamin C/Coffee (this model from 1906):

This camera is considered by many experts to be the most important camera ever manufactured. The reason is that it was produced so cheaply that anyone, not just professionals or people of means, could own it. Because it was so simple to use, anyone could operate it right out of the box. Eastman was first a film manufacturer, but he could see what bringing photography to the masses, especially marketing to young people, via cheap but durable cameras would mean for future film sales and processing. A camera in every home meant alot of film to be sold and processed. He could not have been more correct! The first Brownie camera was shipped on Feb. 8, 1900 and gave birth to the snapshot.  Ilford 400iso film developed with vitamin c and instant coffee & Scanned into computer (no photoshop) via

The Sx-70 Polaroid (this model from 1972)

The SX-70 is a folding single lens reflex Land Camera first produced by the Polaroid Corporation in 1972. It was the first instant SLR in history, and the first camera to use Polaroid’s new integral print film, which developed automatically without the need for intervention from the photographer. This was revolutionary at the time, and a precursor to today’s 600 and Spectra films.

The SX-70 has a folding body design, a 4-element 116mm f/8 glass lens, and an automatic exposure system. The camera allows manual focus as close as 10.4 inches (26.4cm), and has a shutter speed range from 1/175s to more than 10 seconds. A variety of models was offered, though all share the same basic design. Later models have an ultrasonic rangefinder autofocusing system known as Sonar. The Model 3 departs from the other models since it isn’t a SLR, but instead has the viewfinder cut into the mirror hood.

All models feature an electronically controlled ‘flash-bar‘ socket across the top of the camera, for insertion of a 10-times use flashbulb unit. Polaroid – as well as other companies – made external flash units that plugged into this socket.

As well as the folding SLR model, a variety of non-folding, ‘consumer’-type models were released that also used to SX-70 integral film  For this test,  used film b/w neutral and color cool film from the impossible project. via

Canon EOS 5D with Photoshop CS6 (also 24-70 mm lens and years of use)

The EOS 5D is a 12.8 megapixel digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera body produced by Canon. The EOS 5D was announced by Canon on 22 August 2005 and at the time was priced above the EOS 20D but below the EOS-1D Mark II and EOS-1Ds Mark II in Canon’s EOS digital SLR series. The camera accepts EF lens mount lenses.

The EOS 5D is notable for being the first full-frame DSLR camera with a standard body size (as opposed to the taller, double-grip “professional” camera body style). It is also notable for its price, suggested at $3299 USD, which set a significant new low price point for full-frame DSLRs; its only full-frame competition at the time was the Canon 1Ds Mark II, which cost more than twice as much.

For this shoot I used my Canon EOS 5D with a 24-70 mm lens. via

iPhone with Instagram (cracked screen and phone one year old)

The iPhone camera is 5-megapixels, but as Steve Jobs pointed out in his WWDC keynote, megapixel count alone doesn’t equal good images. Two of the smartphones we tested against the iPhone had higher megapixel counts, but they still scored lower on image quality tests.

The reason for the discrepancy? The iPhone packs its 5 million pixels onto a 1/3.2-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. Sensors with backside illumination technology move the wiring from the front side of the sensor to the back, so that it’s behind the light sensors. This allows more light to reach the sensors without being diffused by the circuitry, which means the camera can capture better low-light images.

Another factor contributing to the camera’s good low-light performance is the size of its pixels. Bigger pixels capture more light, which makes for better images. Apple retained the same pixel size that it had on previous iPhones instead of shrinking them down to fit more megapixels into a smaller area, which is something many cameras do to inflate their megapixel count. via

Instagram is a free photo-sharing program and social network that was launched in October 2010. The service allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it with other Instagram users they are connected to on the social network as well as on a variety of social networking services.  Instagram currently has 80 million registered users.  A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 4:3 aspect ratio typically used by mobile device cameras. For this part of the test, I only took one exposure and moved on…like most people. via

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Restoring Art

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Case Studies

Recently I was asked to retouch/restore a portrait and a painting for a friend. To be honest, I have done it many times in school for assignments; but never for a client. The painting was in very bad shape; the sky was yellow, the corner was wrinkled and she had tried to blot the corners out with a blue pen….and other random spots that needed fixing.

The next subject is the clients Late Husband in South Philippines during an induction ceremony for man-hood. The background was so badly damaged, I completely removed it and slipped in a false gradient and added a bit of noise to match the film accutance. Then re-painted in colors manually for clothing and props and cleaned up trouble areas.

Here are the before and after. Enjoy!

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Santa Monica Pier

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 in Blog, Case Studies, Projects

Santa Monica Pier


The other day I watched an inspirational video about the snapshot and how it’s an iconic piece of Americana. I fell in love with photography when I was 12 by taking snapshots of nature, life, people, ect. When I went to art school I stopped taking as many moments of life. I need to get back to my roots.Here are a few moments I captured of the Santa Monica Pier at Night. More to come…



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