Tim Tebow for The New York Times

The New York Times asked me to cover the Binghamton Rumble Ponies baseball team.  A local AA affiliate of the New York Mets that would not ever be covered by a paper like The New York Times, the reason was because of one particular player. Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Quarterback turned baseball player Tim Tebow is now playing for the team.

I ended up making two trips to the stadium, the first to cover Tebow playing in one of his first games with the team and then another to photograph the team's owner. Making photographs of just one player during a nine inning baseball game was a little challenging. Being a minor league stadium on a near freezing temperature day, there was not many shooting positions or variety to have. I spent a lot of time hoping for a defensive play to his position in left field and chasing him before and after the game and was able to get some nice interactions with other players and fans.

These photographs were made with the Canon 1DX Mark II camera bodies, 200-400 f4 IS 1.4x and the 50 1.2 L lenses.

Please enjoy the outtakes below, you can read the full article here or see it in May 13th Sunday Edition.

Mexico, NY church for Belt Mag

Belt Mag was unfamiliar to me before I got an email last week from the photo editor there. It is based in Ohio and working to document the Great Lakes and rust belt regions from within. Something I think journalism could use more of, people from outside the NY/DC/LA markets telling stories.

They asked me to head up to Mexico, New York, a small town north of Syracuse, to photograph the Lighthouse Church of God where the pastor has taken the stand that his church will be protected from evil doers by allowing his church carry their handguns during services.

I worked with my Canon 1DX Mark II bodies and used an assortment of prime lenses including the 24 1.4, 35 1.4, 50 1.2 and 135 f2. Everything shot here was during one two hour church service and used natural light.

You can read the article here

Revisiting a tragedy for The Boston Globe

This wasn't meant to be a portrait shoot, but it ended up being one. The Boston Globe asked me to travel to Binghamton, New York to paint a moody picture of the city as they revisited the 2009 shooting which grabbed national headlines at the time.

The idea was to see how a community moves forward years after an incident like this. I was tasked with making a portrait of a victim's son, photographing the location where the shooting occurred, a memorial down the street and making artistic photos of the city. 

I ended up double dipping and making a portrait of Dr. King inside the memorial (a plan editors had hoped for) and catching some beautiful sunrise light on an American icon inside the location of the shooting.

The story ended up running on the paper's Sunday edition on the A1 page. You can read the story here.

Technical notes: assignment was shot on the Canon 1DX Mark II, 35, 50 and 135mm lenses.

 

Communal living for Time Magazine

New clients are always very exciting, when a new client happens to be Time Magazine it's call for a party.

I was asked to photograph a slightly challenging story in Syracuse, New York for Time with little notice. The goal was to illustrate a communal living space for millennials and how it could be a great option for all involved.

The space was inside of a downtown nondescript building featuring communal workspace but also two floors of studio style apartments joined together with large community kitchens and living areas. An interesting concept that offers affordable options for those wanting the downtown lifestyle and also to share in community experiences.

However, small apartments and people at home are not always the most exciting subjects for photographs. I attempted to show the environment, the exterior and most notably the culture of sharing spaces.

I once again lit these photographs with my Profoto B1 lights and shot on the Canon 1DX2 bodies with an assortment of Canon L Prime lenses.

Read the article here

Battle against MRSA for The New York Times

This fall has been about photographing the invisible for me it seems, first Virtual Reality and with this assignment MRSA. Well what I photographed is not exactly invisible, this story is about one University's plan to combat MRSA to prevent an outbreak in their athletics department.

The New York Times sent me out to Colgate University in Central New York to illustrate the ways in which the school's athletic trainers are competing against MRSA outbreaks. An assignment like this can be very linear and action based meaning that it will end up looking like an Ikea instruction manual more than illustrative photographs. That is something I had to overcome, I did so by asking myself "what's the story about?" over and over.

It sadly was still a little process oriented but finding small wins, like how to illustrate the department director Steve Chouinard in a way that wasn't a portrait. I then had to work on showing the overcrowding and the amount of close contact that happens in these training rooms. By the end of the afternoon thanks to patience and diligence I ended up illustrating both of those things in one photograph.

This was a pretty straightforward shoot as far as gear goes. I shot with two Canon 1DX Mark II cameras paired with a 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 lenses.

Check out the full article here

Cornell University CubeSat for WSJ

There are times when you get an assignment that is just too cool, meaning it's the nerdiest thing you've seen in a while and you'd rather listen and learn than make photographs. This was one of those assignments for me.

I was asked by The Wall Street Journal recently to photograph Cornell University's CubeSat program. You may be thinking what I was, "what is a CubeSat?" Well from my basic understanding, they are small satellites or space craft that travel on the small unused spaces within bigger spacecraft often made by research teams.

It was so incredible to see these students, all barely old enough to rent a car, finding new and innovative ways to use these tiny spacecraft to discover new things. As a nerd I also loved seeing the ingenuity for example using a tape measure as the antenna (pictured below) or using programming tools like Raspberry Pi to operate the systems.

Check out the final article here (subscription may be required)

Delaware River for The New York Times

I was privileged enough to recently pick up an assignment for The New York Times covering a dispute between neighboring states regarding the flow of the Delaware River. I spent two days photographing the areas surrounding Hancock, New York which is located in the Catskills region of New York state just a few hours northwest of New York City. The Delaware River merges in the town of Hancock and is one of the best fly fishing locations according to locals.

In addition to using my Canon 1DX Mark II cameras I was also able to make the primary photo using my DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone which held up beautifully on the 6 column layout they decided to go with.

read the full article here