Welcome to my photography website!
Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years, and this site is intended to share my work with family, friends, and (hopefully) strangers.
My photos capture the many experiences and travels I've had over the years, starting from boarding school at Woodberry Forest all the way to my current location in Chicago, Illinois.
The material you'll find here includes infrared photos from my first art exhibition, honeymoon photos from our vacation to Iceland, landscapes, photos of Chicago's skyscrapers, other architecture, and streets, especially in the Logan Square and Wicker Park areas--I enjoy graffiti and street art as a subject matter. I also have a keen interest in macro photography, which is essentially magnified closeups, mostly of flowers but also rocks, found objects, insects, etc.
In addition to analogue techniques such as infrared filters and polarizers, time lapses, long-exposure night photography, and panoramas, I enjoy digital manipulation. Some digital techniques I apply include high dynamic range (HDR), panoramic mapping, tilt-shift filters, and experimenting with color and contrast as well as blending color channels to produce black and white images.
I currently use a Pentax K-50 DSLR, with a wide variety of lenses. One my favorite features of Pentax is their backwards compatibility with vintage lenses, both K-mount and even M-42 mount when I'm feeling adventurous. Many of my best photos are taken with manual focus prime lenses--I value the fine level of manual control these lenses provide.
Some of my favorite lenses and adapters include:
- SMC Pentax-M Macro 1:4 100mm
- Asahi SMC Pentax 1:4 300mm
- SMC Pentax-A 1:1.7 50mm
- SMC Pentax DAL 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL WR
- Pentax Image Auto Zoom 1:4-5.5 28-135mm
- Volna-9 MC Zenitar Macro 1:2.8 50mm in M42
- Mir-1B 1:2.8 37mm in M42 (Zeiss Flektogon clone from Russia)
- Industar 50-2 Pancake 1:3.5 50mm in M42
- Helicoid and fixed extension tubes, and even a bellowscope, for macro
- Vivitar Auto Wide-Angle 1:2.8 28mm
I also use the following tripods when I have a chance:
- Berlebach Mulda Report 3042 (heavy wooden beast built in East Germany -- stable as a rock but a chore to carry around)
- Sirui ET-1004
Last but not least, if there are any photos you like but would prefer to have in a different crop proportion, different color balance/ contrast/ saturation, etc., just contact me using the website and I can most likely accommodate any special requests.