Welcome to my online photo galleries. My professional photography career began in 1990. I was a photojournalist for 17 years working for newspapers and magazines in New England. In 2006 I moved to Arizona, leaving my photojournalism career behind to focus on fine art photography full-time.
Since becoming a full-time artist I have acquired collectors worldwide. Perfect for the home, office, restaurant or other installations, my photography comes alive through my painstaking attention to detail and quality. Sizes, editions, and printing options are available for every budget. Feel free to contact me directly on how my fine art photography can help beautify your room and your life.
Welcome back to my Photo Poll of the Week.
This week's question is:
What percentage of your photos are taken with your smartphone camera?
There has been a lot of talk lately how smartphone cameras are replacing the traditional point-and-shoot camera. According to one report I saw, in 2010 the percentage of photos taken with a camera phone was 17% , and 52% for point-and-shoot cameras.
In just one year, that number jumped to 27% for camera phones and dropped to 44% for point and shoots.
Are you following that trend?
If poll is not showing up correctly you can vote here.
"Poppies in the Morning" - Arizona
Photographed with the iPhone 4
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It has been a little warm lately where I am in Santa Fe, NM so I thought I would cool things down a bit with some snow and the nice warm sandstone of Southern Utah.
"Winter Sunset at Delicate Arch" - Utah
This was photographed on a particularly cold January day in 2009, with the snow-capped La Sal Mountains in the background.
I hiked out there with my friend and fellow photographer Paul Blackmore from Massachusetts. It was our first time photographing here.
The hike to reach the arch was quite dangerous - a narrow sheet of ice with huge drop-offs in some places. We saw a few people slip and lose their balance, but fortunately no one got hurt. Knowing we would be staying and photographing until far after the sun set, we had already agreed we were finding a safer way to hike out and avoid that ice, which we did.
A HD High Definition panoramic video view of photographing at Delicate Arch at sunset.
We certainly were not alone for this sunset. As the day progressed, more and more photographers showed up as seen in the above video. So we found our spots and sat and waited for the light in the company of fellow photographers from around the world.
Most people left following the sunset. Paul and I - as well as some other photographers - knew a full moon was going to rise shortly after the sunset and felt it would yield to some great photos.
"Delicate Arch Night Light" - Utah
The above photo is a 6-minute exposure. The light on the arch is from 3 different light sources: a full moon off camera on the horizon, hand-held flashes, and flash lights were all used to illuminate the scene and give a different perspective on a popular place to photograph.
So you are interested in purchasing one of my fine art photographs? That is wonderful news and I have posted a page on my website that explains just how easy it is to purchase one or more of my photographs.
"Sunrise at Dead Horse Point" - Utah
I also only use the finest materials and professional labs to produce my photographs, guaranteeing you museum-grade quality and an image printed exactly the way I intended it to be.
I offer 3 different presentations and most photos are available in a variety of sizes, from 8"x12" prints to pieces that measure 10 feet in width.
I also offer 3 different ways to order: via phone, ordering direct online, or at one of my exhibitions.
Photographs are available signed and numbered. Some photographs are extremely rare and available only in editions of just one print, while others are available in open and limited editions.
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This old Ford truck parked outside an old gas station was photographed out in Jerome, Arizona in 2011.
"Smiling Billy" - Arizona
It was photographed mid-day and my intention from the start was to create a gritty HDR image.
HDR photography involves taking multiple exposures and then blending them on the computer using special software. “Smiling Billy” was created using 6 different exposures, allowing me to retain detail in dark shadows as well as bright highlights. I used Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro software (for a discount on all of Nik’s software titles use software code: mattsuess ) to blend all 6 photos together after I exported the RAW files from Lightroom.
Here is what one of the photos looked like with a normal mid-range exposure.
Once I was done blending the exposures and making many adjustments in Nik’s HDR Efex Pro software, I then took the exported file and opened it up in Nik’s Color Efex Pro software for some additional creative modifications.
Using a photo texture from FlyPaper Textures, I blended the texture into the sky, adjusting the color, contrast, and the feeling until I was satisfied with the results. Looking at the final results on the top of this page, you can notice that I chose a texture that complimented the shrubs on the hill. This allowed the textured sky to blend in with the hill in the background and complete the feel I was looking for in this photo.
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This was photographed in 2011 and processed in 2012. It was photographed in Jerome, Arizona and is the same building that appears in my "Smiling Billy" photo.
"Belts & Oil" - Arizona
It is a 3-photo HDR that was processed using Photomatix Pro. Other software used to complete the look included Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 4 and Topaz Adjust.
The HDR Process really helped bring out all of the detail and grit in this photo. I remember when I was photographing the scene I was fascinated with all of the belts hung from every possible place. The old wood door and oil drums were also of particular interest.
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